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Homemade Pita Bread

Healthy Fact of the Day

Pita bread is a good source of complex carbohydrates, providing energy and dietary fiber. It also contains various vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious option for sandwiches, dips, or accompaniments to meals.

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup warm water (105-115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.

  2. Add the salt, olive oil, and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix everything together until a shaggy dough forms.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, gradually adding the remaining 1/2 cup of flour as needed, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

  4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  5. Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air bubbles.

  6. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.

  7. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a circle, about 6-8 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.

  8. Preheat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.

  9. Cook the pita breads one at a time for 2-3 minutes per side, or until lightly puffed and speckled with brown spots.

  10. Transfer the cooked pita breads to a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm and soft until ready to serve.

Enjoy these homemade pita breads, perfect for stuffing with your favorite fillings or serving alongside dips and spreads for a delicious and versatile addition to your meals.

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