This is the real Greek pita. I found this on a Greek web site. I think it was Susie's Place. This can be used for souvlaki and gyros sndwiches. If you bake this longer, you have pita pockets. The time to make includes rising.
- Combine the yeast and sugar in a small bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup of the warm water and let it stand for 10 minutes to proof and ferment.
- Dissolve the salt in the remaining warm water.
- Put the flour in a large mixing bowl, making a well in the middle and put the dissolved yeast and salt water into it.
- With your hands, blend it into a dough. You may need a bit more or less water depending on your flour.
- Knead the dough in the bowl with your fists for 10-15 minutes or until smooth.
- Pour the oil over the dough and knead it again until the oil is absorbed.
- Cover the dough in the bowl with a towel and set in a draft free area to rise to double it's bulk (1-2 hours), then punch it down and knead it again for a few minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut pieces of dough, egg-size or larger, depending on the size of the pita desired.
- Shape them into balls with your hands and roll them out over a lightly floured board or pastry cloth to 1/4" thickness.
- Set 2 or 3 pitas on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake them on the lower rack 2-3 minutes each side.
- Bake longer for pita pockets.
- Susie's note: Pitas should be white and soft. Wrap the baked pitas in a clean towel until they are cool, then store them in plastic bags to prevent them from drying out. When you are ready to use them, heat a bit of oil in a skillet and fry them a minute or so on each side, or until golden brown. Use them immediately, because they get hard when they dry out.
Oh, my. If you haven't made this recipe before, please double it - if you don't, you'll wish you had! I made the dough in my mixer using the dough hook and let it run for 10 minutes. I did use the full 2 hours of rising time. I rolled out all my pitas and stacked them, then baked them 2 at a time in a 350 oven. We didn't want pocket pita, so baked just 3 minutes per side for soft, foldable pitas. I do think 1/4 inch is a little too thick - I think mine were about half that, but I might go 1/4 inch if I was going to make the pocket pita. Easy and tasty - beats the heck out of store bought. These would be great to make ahead of time and freeze - which is what I plan on doing this weekend. Thanks for a great recipe!
This makes fantastic pita bread. I made gyros tonight and the bread was perfect. I made the whole thing even though there's just the 2 of us. After reading the reviews, I figured I could eat it with dip or make pizzas later with the remaining bread. Yummy!
We really enjoyed these with Pork Souvlaki though I would recommend rolling them out thinner, about 1/8th inch, for this. Thanks for posting.