A Food and Wine staff favorite courtesy of Chris Hanna. It's really not that difficult to make your own pita bread (they may not always have a pocket in the middle) and they have better flavor and texture than store-bought. Give these a whirl! *See note in directions if you would like to make these in advance and store them in your freezer*
- Set a pizza stone on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat to 500 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Let it stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. *If you have never worked with active dry yeast before, please read up on how this works.*.
- In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt together. While the machine is on, pour in the yeast mixture through the processor feed/hole. Then pour in the warm milk. Process the dough until it forms a ball.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times. Form the dough into a ball. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough ball to the bowl. Turn the dough ball to coat all sides with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Punch down the dough and cut it in half. then cut each half into 8 pieces and roll them into balls. Then flatten them into 6 inch rounds. Arrange the rounds on the work surface, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until puffy - about 25 minutes.
- Using a lightly floured pizza peel (or floured spatula) slide 4 of the rounds onto the hot pizza stone and bake for about 5 minutes, or until the pitas puff up. Repeat with the remaining 4 rounds.
- Serve hot or wrap in foil to keep warm.
- *Note: the flattened, unbaked pita rounds can be frozen for up to 1 month. Let them thaw completely, then let them rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes before baking.
Uhmm...WOW!! I reallly can not believe I made this!! I feel unstoppable!! LOL no really this was so super easy although I could probably keep practicing the rolling out part but with very little experience these turned out just fine. The taste & texture were great and I even used almond milk to make these vegan. This was my first ever attempt at pitas and I will be using this recipe again. I would say about half of them puffed up but the ones that didn't I just slipped a butter knife in while they were still warm and a couple seconds later instant pita!! I did leave a couple uncut so we could use them as regular flatbread for rolling things up in. Thanks so much LIG!! Made for the lovely VIP in Veg*n Swap 32!!
These were really good and ~Tasty Dish~ approved, too! I served the pitas with Syrian Spinach Salad. I didn't use a baking stone but placed the pita dough circles directly on the oven rack. Made for A Taste of Syria in the NA*ME forum.