Pita Bread -- Using the Master Recipe #309834

Total Time
5 mins
7 mins

The following is the baking instructions to make pitas using the dough made with Artisan Boule Bread. Now you can make delicious fresh pitas whenever you need them . . . perfect solution for a small family! The only special equipment needed is a baking stone. The Master recipe will make four pounds of dough . . . the recipe below will use 1 pound of dough, making 4 pitas.

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  1. Refer to Recipe #309834 for instructions to prepare the dough necessary to make the pitas.
  2. TO BAKE: (Dough should be refrigerated for at least 24 hours).
  3. Twenty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 500 degrees with a baking stone.
  4. Just before baking, dust a pizza peel with flour.
  5. With wet hands, pull up one end of the refrigerated dough (Recipe #309834). Using a serrated knife, cut off a 1-pound, or grapefruit-size, piece of dough. (Note a 1 pound piece of dough will make 4 pitas so adjust the amount needed as necessary.)
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces (no larger than 4 ozs. each) and shape into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four side, rotating a quarter-turn as you go.
  7. Place the dough on a flour-dusted pizza peel, dusting the top with flour.
  8. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into rounds with a uniform thickness of 1/8 inch. This is important, because if it's too think, it may not puff.
  9. With a quick motion, slide the pitas from the pizza peel directly onto the preheated baking stone.
  10. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed.
  11. For authentic, soft-crusted results, wrap the pitas in a clean cotton dish towel and set on a cooling rack when baking is complete.
  12. The pitas will deflate slightly as they cool, however the space between the crust will still be there.
  13. Serve with your favorite filling.
  14. Once cooled the pitas can be stored in a zip-lock bag.