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Let's Go: Can I Make "Homemade Pita"?

Updated: Aug 25


Since I was making the Donair (Canadian Gyro), I decided to make homemade pita bread to go with it! :)


This pita recipe from delish.com on Pinterest looked good and seemed pretty easy. :)


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267260559125307207/

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a28143766/homemade-pita-bread/


Pita bread is a flatbread that has been around for thousands of years!


"Pita is also known as Arabic bread, Syrian bread, and Lebanese bread, and has been around since approximately 2500 BC. The exact origins of pita bread are difficult to pin down, but archaeologists have determined that it was first made by groups of people from the west of the Mediterranean — most likely either the Bedouins or the Amorites. As Bedouins traveled to Arabian and Saharan deserts, pita bread became more widespread.


Before the discovery of brewer’s yeast, the pita was initially prepared by blending ingredients into a thick batter which was then left to sit and gather yeast until it formed a fresh dough."

https://ayblagrill.com/history-of-pita-bread/


According to wikipedia, it may be even older -- "Pita bread has roots in the prehistoric flatbreads of the Middle East.[1]There is evidence from about 14,500 years ago, during the Stone Age, that theNatufianpeople in what is nowJordanmade a kind of flatbread from wild cereal grains.[9]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pita#:~:text=Pita%20bread%20has%20roots%20in,flatbread%20from%20wild%20cereal%20grains.


Attempt #1:



Ingredients (half-batch):

- 1 c. warm water

- 2 tsp. active dry yeast

- 1 tsp. granulated sugar

- 3 c. all-purpose flour, divided

- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt













I added the water, yeast, sugar and a little flour until it became foamy. At this point, I thought my water was a little too hot actually and may have killed some yeasties, but then I kept going anyways.


Then I added it to the rest of the flour, added some olive oil and salt.


I kneaded the dough for about 7 min. and covered it and let it rise for an hour.




















You can see it didn't rise as much as I thought it would (I might have killed some yeasties), but it was nice and smooth and uniform.



To make the pita bread, you just use a cast iron skillet and heat it up and brown both sides.


It's similar to making tortillas actually. A lot of similarities in international cooking.


Check out these posts for more on tortillas:

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/making-fresh-tortillas-the-sequel---tip-making-fresh-taco-shells

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/can-i-make-fresh-tortillas-roti


RESULT: Success.


We are good at this. I gave myself a . not a full ! because though it was really tasty -- the dough didn't rise as much as it should have. But whatever I did made it taste really good, haha! I added my Donair gyro meat filling and made a tasty sandwich.


Check out the Donair (Canadian Gyro) post for more info.

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/let-s-go-can-i-make-donair-canadian-gyro


Give it a try! We are good at this!












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