About this recipe:This is an easy recipe for pitta bread. Use your bread machine to help the dough rise easily, otherwise - cover and let it rise in a warm place.
250ml (9 fl oz) warm water (45 C)
375g (13 oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:15min › Ready in:45min
Place all ingredients in bread pan of your bread machine, select Dough setting and start. When dough has risen long enough, machine will beep.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll and stretch dough into a 25cm (10 in) rope. With a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each into a smooth ball. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 to 18cm (3 to 7 in) circle. Set aside on a lightly floured work surface. Cover with a cloth. Let pittas rise about 30 minutes until slightly puffy.
Preheat oven to 260 C / Gas mark 10. Place 2 or 3 pittas on a wire cooling rack. Place rack directly on oven rack. Bake pittas 4 to 5 minutes until puffed and tops begin to brown. Remove from oven and immediately place pittas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp drying cloth until soft.
Once pittas are softened, either cut in half or split top edge for half or whole pittas. They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.
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Very good pittas! I added an extra tsp of salt but now wished I wouldn't have...I personally didn't think it needed it. I don't have a breadmaker so I disolved the yeast in warm water, added the remaining ingredients and mixed and kneaded for apprx 8 min (or until it felt right). I let it rise for 1.5 hours (until dough had doubled in size) and then followed the recipe per instructed. My oven produced 8 beautiful pittas that are pretty tasty and were easy to make. Thanks Sandy! - 14 Jul 2008
Great recipe! Both me and my partner loved it. It's the first recipe I tried where the pockets could actually hold anything inside. Much better than shop bought. I brushed some olive oil on a few of them before baking and it gave them a nice golden colour and a unique taste. - 14 Jul 2008