Making your own pita is actually easier than you think, and you can make your own to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut which celebrates Israeli Independence Day. There really isn’t anything like homemade bread, so I hope you enjoy and let me know if you bake up a batch! (Psst… check out these delicious hummus recipes if you are searching for what to serve these with).
Pita Bread (makes 8 pitas)
- 1 package RapidRise yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- Mix the yeast with the warm water and 1 tbsp of sugar. Let sit and start activating for a few minutes.
- When you start to see bubbles, add in the rest of the sugar, salt and oil and mix to combine.
- Add in the flour, 1 cup at a time until thoroughly combined and begin kneading by hand.
- Knead the dough for about 5 to 10 minutes until smooth. Add a bit of oil if dough needs to be smoother.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel, Let the dough rise one hour in a dark area.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, preheat the oven to 475°F and place a long pan in the oven to preheat as well.
- Divide the dough into eight even pieces and roll into small, smooth balls. Cover with a damp cloth for another few minutes while the oven preheats.
- When oven is ready, roll out two balls into flat, circular disks to your preferred thickness. The dough won’t spread out, much, so I try and get them to about 1/8 inch or so.
- Bake in the oven for about 5-8 minutes, flipping the pita halfway through baking using tongs. Cook 2 pitas at a time, transferring cooked pita to a plate to cool before enjoying.
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