As a Middle Eastern girl, I was raised on pita bread :). I like it so much. It comes in handy for a variety of sandwiches and wraps. I specifically like the whole wheat one. It is healthy, nutritious and yummy. You can find many many recipes online for it, but this is one of my favorites. Try it and tell me, I assure you that you will not used a store-bought one anymore.
Whole wheat pita bread recipe :
You will need:
- 2 1/2 cups pf whole wheat flour( 2 for the dough and almost a half for rolling) I used a store brand.
- 2 cups of all purpose flour– also used a store brand one.
- 2 1/2 tsp of dry yeast– I used the one that you can find in Costco.
- 1/4 cup of warm tap water– to foam the yeast.
- 2 tsp of granulated sugar.
- 2 Tbsp of oil(preferred olive oil)- I used the Mediterranean blend that you can find in Costco.
- 3 Tbsp of dry powdered milk– used Walmart brand
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of warm tap water.
Now for the dough:
- Usually you should dissolve the sugar and the yeast in the 1/4 cup of the warm water to make sure that the yeast is active BUT because I am a person who is always on the go I put all the dry ingredients together and mix well together.
- Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in water and oil while the hook is working or use your hands an kneed it yourself in case you do not have a mixer.
- After mixing for about 5 min or less you will find the dough as in the picture above… not too stiff and not too sticky either as you can see there is not much of the dough caught up in my fingers when I squeezed i.
- Spray the dough with oil or brush it lightly forming a ball and keep in the oiled bowl, cover with a plastic bag- the one you get from the store- let it set for about an hour to double in size. It took me about 45 min here in COLORADO and it was in the lower 60sF.
- After that get the raised dough out, punch it and form a log then cut it in equal sizes – I’ve cut it in 12 pieces as that’s the size I want for my pita to be – cover the pieces with the same plastic bag 🙂 and start rolling.
- Start by sprinkling some of the remaining half cup of whole wheat flour on the rolling surface then put your dough piece and roll it to about 4 or 5 mm that is a little less than a quarter of an inch in thickness.In the mean time preheat your oven to the max – mine was 550F- but make sure to put your baking sheet in there while heating up we want it to be super hot.
- After rolling the first piece put it in a plate lined with a piece of kitchen towel, then cover it with another piece and so on. After finishing with all the pieces put another plate on top then flip it over so you will have the first piece rolled up.
- when your oven is ready and you finished all the pieces gently remover the first kitchen towel and place your pita on the hot baking sheet -take care as it will be extremely HOT we do not want you to get hurt- also it is better if the little ones are out of the kitchen too.
- Place your baking sheet back into the oven and keep an eye on it. It took me about 2 to 3 min then they puffed nicely and filled my kitchen with their delicious smell.
- Some people turn on the broiler at this exact moment for a min then turn it off and take the pitas out others just flip them for a min I do neither,when they puff I just keep them for another 30 sec. and then take them out putting the others in.
- You can cover them until they are cooled down. These yummies freeze very well in a Ziplock bags.Although they usually do not make it to the next day in my house 🙂