Pita Bread

Pita Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Pita Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Month number 2 of our Bread Bible Bake Along. This month is a fairly quick and easy Pita Bread. I love, love, love pita bread and hummus. The funny thing is, I’ve never tried to make it. Now I have no excuses because the homemade pita is sooo much better than store bought. The only thing I would change in the recipe is maybe add a bit more salt.

The dough is basically the same as Rose’s pizza dough, which is my go to dough for pizza, but she switches up the flour for the pita. 

Pita Ingredients
Pita Ingredients

Everything gets combined in the mixer with the paddle attached first. Once everything is sort of combined, the dough hook goes on and it mixes for about 10 minutes. I have the Pro Line KitchenAid mixer and the mixer is not designed to go above speed 2 with the dough hook so I mixed the dough a bit longer than 10 minutes. Into a proofing container it goes and then into the refrigerator. I checked it every hour for the first 4 hours to see if it was rising like Rose said to do.

Mixed and Ready to Chill
Mixed and Ready to Chill
Hour One
Hour One
Hour 2
Hour 2
Hour 3
Hour 3
Hour 4
Hour 4

I couldn’t see much change in the dough after 4 hours. I left it in the refrigerator until the next day, about 24 hours later.

24 Hours Later
24 Hours Later

Next was to divide the dough into 8-12 pieces and roll into balls then flatten into a disc and let them sit for 20 minutes.

Discs
Discs

Mine look a little rough around the edges but I didn’t want to over work the dough. Then it’s time to roll the discs out to about 1/4″ thick. I think a few of mine were a little too thick though.

Rolled
Rolled

Rose gives a couple variations for cooking or baking the pita and I chose to try cooking them on my electric griddle. Really just for the hell of it. Most of my pieces puffed like they were supposed to but a couple were not playing nice. I think those were the ones that were a little too thick. It was pretty cool to see the dough suddenly puff up.

Puffed
Puffed

So that’s it! Easy and very good, except needing more salt. I made some roasted red pepper hummus and actually couldn’t stop eating it and the pita. I will definitely make this again and be a little more careful with my rolling. To me there is something just so satisfying about making your own bread. The thrill of watching the dough rise and do its thing never gets old.

Next month will be the Touch of Grace Biscuits. What’s not too love about those? If you’re a bread fanatic, I highly recommend getting Rose’s book The Bread Bible.

7 Comments

  1. Your plate of pitas are beautiful sitting there with your red pepper hummus. I bet it was really tasty. Fun stuff. I couldn’t agree more…there is something so very satisfying about making bread.

  2. Love hummus! Your pitas look so pretty and puffy. Cooking them on a griddle sounded fun to me, too. I’m glad you were the first to try it to blaze the way!

  3. Your hummus look yummy! I noticed your Pita bread looks thick too…maybe that should be the way! Maybe mine was too thin!

  4. pita bread traditionally is thick. so it could hold the salad and the falafel balls in the bottom without breaking or falling apart….I love you pita bread look just like in israel.

  5. Love your use of the electric skillet. I have an old cast iron griddle that I think I’ll bake mine on. Can’t wait to try them.

  6. Wow, Glori, these look great! I’ve never made them on a griddle. We have made them several times since the first of the month! They are just addictive. Glad to see another red pepper hummus fan!!

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