HOW TO MAKE PITA BREAD
**NOTE: THE PICTURES BELOW DEPICT A YIELD THAT IS TRIPLE THE RECIPE I HAVE INCLUDED BELOW. YOUR QUANTITY WILL BE MUCH LESS SO IF YOUR BUCKET/BOWL ISN’T AS FILLED OR YOUR LOG IS MUCH SHORTER, DON’T WORRY!
PITA BREAD RECIPE
1 1/4 c milk
2 T butter
Heat milk and butter until warm and butter is melted, about 120F.
3 c flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 T sugar
1 T yeast
After your dough has finished rising, shape into a big log and roll to smooth.
Cut into 1/2″ thick slices.
Shape each slice into a smooth round, turning the roll into itself as you shape it. Cover. Let the dough/rolls rest for 15-30 minutes.
Begin the rolling out process: take each roll of dough and flatten using the rolling pin.
Roll out in several directions, making sure no wrinkles occur.
Once all rolls of dough have been flattened and rolled out, turn oven to broil (high). One by one, place rolled out dough on the baking stone and bake for about 1 minute (if using baking sheets, make sure sheets are buttered). Dough will begin to bubble. Carefully, flip pitas on the other side and bake 1 more minute.
Pita bread bakes on both sides – my pitas rarely ever separate this much (which is why I waited until my dad baked a batch – his are a perfect representation of what they should look like).
The finished product. It’s normal for them to deflate.
How do you eat pita bread?
We eat pita bread with literally everything ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches to breakfast sandwiches to using it as a dipping bread. Also, it is fabulous with Nutella. Our personal favorite is egg sandwiches; Andrew usually adds a bit of hot sauce to his and he swears it’s one of his favorite breakfasts. Or you can use them in these veggie and eggplant sandwiches, as an accompaniment to this Middle Eastern green bean salad, or alongside this cilantro and roasted garlic dip.
How to store pita bread?
Typically we freeze the pita bread as soon as it cools down after baking. Pita bread stores really well in the freezer (freezing keeps it moist and soft) and when you’re ready to use it, you just take it out of the freezer and heat (microwave or toaster oven) for a few minutes – if using the toaster oven, preheat the oven to about 350 then place pitas inside; they will warm up fast so make sure you take them out before they turn crispy. If you’re planning on finishing it in less than 2 days, then you can just seal it in a bag and keep it in your refrigerator.
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