How To Make Pita Bread At Home – Best Greek Pita Bread Recipe
This post will be a easy to follow recipe on how to make pita bread at home. This is the best Greek pita bread recipe in my opinion and will guarantee a soft pita bread. How you ever wondered “How do you make pita bread soft?” well look no further because that will be explained.
A good Greek pita bread recipe is a stable. Pitas can be used for all kinds of fillings such as hummus, grilled chicken, falafel, tabbouleh, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, plain cheese like melted cheddar, and of course you need it for Greek chicken gyros. So set aside the plain wonderbread and treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich.
Ingredients you will need are: flour, optional whole wheat flour, warm water, olive oil, salt, yeast, and sugar. The exact quantities are below.
Mix the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow it to sit and wait for a few bubbles to make sure the yeast is active. Add one cup of the flour, oil, and salt to a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture and stir to mix.Knead in the rest of the flour. The dough will be sticky at first but as you continue kneading the glutens will form and make the dough less sticky and softer. If it is still too sticky to handle you can add a little flour till you get a soft dough.
Form the dough into a ball and coat with olive oil. Place a towel over the bowl and put it in a warm place to rise for at least one hour. The dough should be double or almost double in size after one hour.
Punch down the dough and separate it into eight roughly equal sized balls. Roll each dough ball out into 6-7 inch round pieces. Cover each piece with a towel while you are rolling the next to prevent the dough from drying out. Allow the dough to rest 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Use a cooling rack or a mesh pizza pan to bake two pitas at a time for 4 minutes in the center oven rack. They should be lightly golden and may puff up when baked (which it what you want). Here is the part that will make the pita bread stay soft. Immediately wrap the pitas in a clean damp towel. Keep them covered in the towel until they are cool. The steam from the heat and water will soften the pitas.
They freeze well in freezer bags and can be thawed in the fridge. You can also keep them a few days in a airtight container or bag in the refrigerator. Always keep them covered so that they do not dry out.
How to reheat pita? Simply fry them in a pan, slightly coated in oil, on medium high heat for about 10 seconds per side. Immediately place them in a lidded pot so that they steam a little insuring that they will be soft and pliable.