I love pita bread. The little Greek restaurant where we used to eat was sold when the original owners retired. The folks who bought it just didn’t have the touch and it closed. We haven’t found a replacement yet though I can occasionally find pita in the grocery store. Then I saw this recipe and decided to add it to my stash.
Yield: 16 Pieces
Prep time: 70 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 1 hr 20 min
½ tbsp instant dry yeast or active dry yeast
1 ¼ cups warm water
⅛ tsp sugar
3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
¾ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
ZA’ATAR PASTE (OPTIONAL)
2 tbsp green za’atar
1tbsp olive oil
FOR BREAD DOUGH
In a small bowl, combine yeast, water and sugar, let it stand for 5 minutes until it’s frothy.
In a mixing bowl, pour in half of the flour and add the yeast mixture, mix it then add salt and olive oil. Add the remaining flour little by little and knead for about 6-8 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 16 pieces and roll into ½ inch thick circles. Brush each bread with za’atar mixture.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, place the flattened bread dough and fry until both side are no longer raw and sticky.
Tips: You can bake the pita in a 225°C oven for 8 minutes if you’d like. But before putting it in the oven you need to let the dough to rise once more after shaping.
This recipe came via Food Talk Daily so head OVER THERE for all the details. Peony “Peni” Comanescu, the heroine of DOUBLE TROUBLE, believes in spoiling her man, Nick Karras. She had to school me on what za’atar paste is (a mixture of various and lots of spices including marjoram and thyme and mixed with olive oil to form the spread). Nick is of Greek descent and like me, he prefers tzatziki sauce for pita bread dipping. Anyway, for those of you who want something differet to do at home, you might give this a try. And while you’re waiting for the dough to rise, you can read Peni and Nick’s story. It’s an exciting one! Just click on the cover or the title to head over to the universal link. DOUBLE TROUBLE is available all sorts of places and is set in Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay world. What about y’all? Do you like pita bread? And what do you spread on it?