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Oven and Stovetop Pita Bread Recipes


2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast ( Optional )
500 g flour
2 teaspoons salt
400 ml warm water
1 teaspoons olive oil 


With Yeast: 

Mix the water and yeast together, and let sit for about five minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Add the flour (saving som for kneading), oil and salt. Stir until the dough is formed. Cover the dough and let it rise until it's doubled in size. 

Without Yeast: 

In a big bowl combine flour and salt. Mix in while adding water and the tsb oil to finally create the dough. Knead into a soft and sturdy dough. It should be smooth. Cover the bowl and allow to rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.

* You can refrigerate the pita dough until it is needed. The dough can be refrigerated for a week.

 Oven method: 

During the the pitas shaping, heat the oven to 230° C 450 F . If you have a baking stone, put it in the oven to heat. If you don't have a baking stone, place a large baking sheet on the middle rack to heat.

Place the rolled-out pitas directly on the baking stone or baking sheets (as many as will fit), and bake for about 3 minutes.  

Stovetop method:

Form dough into about 7 equally sized balls. Roll out the balls to your preferable size ( I usually like to make small size pitta about the size of my hand. 

Heat up the stove over medium heat. And start by putting on the pita dough, flip the pta bread every few seconds to allow both sides to cook and rise until golden about 2 minutes baking time for each size. 

Cover baked pitas with a clean dishtowel while cooking any remaining pitas.

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