Pita Bread and Pita Chips

Originally posted 3/13/16

Ingredients (Yield: 8 pita rounds)

2 and 1/4 teaspoons yeast

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 cup of very warm water (Very Warm: definitely quite warm, but not so hot that you can’t touch it)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of oil

2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions: Pita Bread

Step 1: Combine your Very Warm water (warm to the touch, but not so hot that it burns you), yeast, and sugar in your mixing bowl. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast "blooms". 

Step 2: Add your salt, oil, and one cup of flour to your mixture and stir to combine. 

Step 3. Add the rest of your flour and stir until a dough forms. Knead the dough for five minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic. Shape it into a ball. 

Step 4: Scrape out the bowl you've just been using, and then pour a little bit of oil into the bottom. Place your dough into the bowl and then turn the dough until it’s lightly coated with oil. Allow your dough to rise undisturbed for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size. 

Step 6: Dump your dough out and divide it into 8 pieces. 

Step 7: One by one, roll out each of the eight pieces until they are flat and thin, about 8-10 inches in diameter. I prefer to roll out one piece at a time and allow it to rest on top of the rolling pin until it is ready to be cooked. This technique helps prevent the pitas from stick to each other or the counter

Step 8: Heat up a frying pan to about medium heat. Carefully cook your pita for 1-2 minutes on each side, until it has golden brown spots. If the spots are blackish, you may want to turn down the heat. Once your pita is done cooking, set it on a paper towel to cool. 

Step 9: Eat your pita hot or cold. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Instructions: Pita Chips

Step 0.5: Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Step 1: Take your fresh or slightly stale pita breads and slice them into 6-8 wedges each. 

Step 2: Brush the tops of the pita wedges with oil and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper or other seasonings. 

Step 3: Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly golden and crispy. 

Step 4: Let cool slightly and serve with salsa, bean dip, or hummus.