I have to admit I have been going a little bread crazy lately. I have been researching bread recipes in hopes of finding the best of best out there & hit the jackpot today. To me there is just nothing better than homemade pita bread & with some type of bean dip to go along side it. Today I was bouncing around on FoodBuzz & came across a lovely lady from England named Debbie, at Pencil and Fork. This is her recipe & I merely converted what she did to make it work in the US.
Ingredients (makes 8 pita breads):
400 g bread flour
2 tsp yeast
1 T honey
1 1/2 cup warm water (110F)
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 T olive oil
Garnished with dried parsley
1. Mix the warm water, honey & yeast. Let it rest til the bubbles form on top. Add the oilive oil.
2. In a seperatate mixing bowl, combine the flour & salt. Gradually add the yeast mixture above & stir with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated. It will be very sticky at this point. Dump out the dough onto a well floured surface & knead for several minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Keep adding small handfuls of flour until the stickiness is gone. Place the dough back in well greased bowl then cover and leave in a warm place to proof for approximately 1 hour & 30 mins or until it's doubled in size.
3. Punch the dough down, this will remove all excess air bubbles. Re-flour your work surface & then divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each dough pieces into a ball & allow them to rest (covered by a damp towel) for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 410F. Place a stone in the oven to allow it heat up as well. Roll out each piece of dough til it's flat..size nor shape really matter. The more rustic the better, in my opinion.
5. Place them on the stone or baking pan and bake for about 4-6 minutes. Feel free to fit as many as possible (my round stone took 3 at a time). Once they puff up they are done, remove them & allow to cool or eat right away.