This recipe is specially for Bread Bakers. September 2017 host Wendy Kiik decided theme of International bread. I knew what would I be baking. World is full of flatbread lovers. Almost every region has its own style of flat bread. For example, Focaccia and Pizza are popular Italian flatbread, whereas Amritsari Kulcha is popular in India. Similarly, Pita bread is a popular flatbread from Middle East and Mediterranean cuisines.
The word pita comes from Greek which means flat. The bread is also known as Arabic or Syrian bread. However, in Arabic this bread is called Khubz. Interestingly, Pita is the origin of the world Pizza.
How to make Pita Bread
A traditional homemade pita bread is round bread and has a pocket in the middle. While baking the bread in the oven, the steam puffs up the dough. This separates the top and bottom layers of the pita bread. If you cut the bread into two halves, it forms a pocket on each half portion of the bread.
The pocket makes the baked pita bread a perfect bread to make pita bread sandwich. This is one primary reason of growing recipes for pita bread sandwiches. You can find more than a dozen pita bread filling recipes for sandwiches. The pocket sandwich style reminds me of my signature recipe of aloo tikki burger. And how can I forget my favorite Stromboli Bread where my favorite mushrooms and spinach is sandwiched in the bread and baked thereafter.
Is Pita bread healthy to eat?
There are many theories and many statements on nutritional values of Pita bread. Don’t hedge, Pita bread is as good as any other bread. It all depends on the type of flour you use. The more you use whole grain, the better the nutritional value will be of your bread. Remember, type of flour does not change the calories intake.
Those who follow veganism, can eat this Vegan Pita bread. This pita bread ingredients does not include any animal product hence, completely vegan.
If you like to eat healthy breads, prefer whole wheat pita bread, which is what we will make today. Furthermore, the pita bread filling recipes will make a lot of difference. You can make pita bread healthier with healthy fillings like Quinoa Tabbouleh or Carrot Tahini Salad.
Few other famous pita recipe ideas include Hummus, Brussels sprouts, Checkpea Waldorf Salad and a lot others. You got to be little creative and create a filling idea of your own choice. I like to have pita bread in subway style sandwiches. The sandwiches that are filled with freshly chopped vegetables and topped with sweet onion sauce.
|Whole wheat flour||300 gm|
|Fresh yeast||15 gm|
|Olive oil||1 tbs|
|Total Calories||1171 Calories|
|Total Servings||14 Pockets|
|Calories per Serving||83.64 per pocket|
In a bowl, dissolve yeast with sugar and lukewarm water. Let the solution rest until yeast froths.
In a large mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt and activated yeast solution. Start kneading the dough. Adjust the water amount accordingly because every flour has different absorption capacity. We need soft dough for bread.
Initially the dough will be sticky but after 5 minutes of kneading it will become soft, elastic and non-sticky. Add oil and knead for 1 more minute. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with kitchen towel/ Cling wrap. Let the dough rest until it doubles in volume.
Proofing time depends on the weather conditions. Warm and dry weather helps the dough to rise faster. For me, it took approximately 30 minutes. Once the dough doubles in the volume, punch it down to release the air. Punching the dough is very important. It is done after the first rise.
While punching the dough you need to be firm as well as gentle at the same time. After all Yeast is a living thing and we don’t want to kill it. Now gently fold the dough and divide it into 7 equal portions.
Roll each portion into a circular disc of 6 inches and thickness of ¼ inches with the help of a rolling pin. Meanwhile keep the oven for preheating at 250 °C. Make sure you roll out the dough into an even sheet that helps in even baking.
Place the prepared sheets on a baking tray and bake in preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes or till puffed up.
Oven temperature plays an important role. To get the perfect puffed-up Pita bread, oven should be really hot.
Place all the baked Pita breads on a wired rack, cover with a clean kitchen napkin and let them cool for some time. Bake all the pita breads this way.
Do you know that you can make these pita bread on your regular gas stove? On a flat tawa (skillet), when it is really hot, put you shaped pita bread on it. The moment you see air bubbles in you bread, flip it over and cook the other side. That is it. The total cooking time shall be around 7 minutes.
Pita bread taste awesome when eaten immediately after baking. Just cut the baked pita bread into two equal halves. Open the pocket and choose your choice of stuffing to fill it. However you can store leftover pita bread in an airtight container or zip lock pack with butter paper between the layers in a freezer for several days (up to 2 months).
Everybody at my place love pitta bread in Subway style sandwiches. I usually stuff it with grilled cottage cheese and finely chopped fresh vegetable. That’s a complete healthy dinner to eat.
BreadBakers Theme for September 2017
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Few other Interesting International Breads
- Apfelpfannkuchen (Apple Pancake)from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Auvergne Crown from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Bauerbrot from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Bialys from Spill the Spices
- Boule from Bread Therapy
- Chilli and Coriander Scones from Sizzling Tastebuds
- Dutch Tiger Bread (Tijgerbrood)from Baking Sense
- Epi di Pan from Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Franzbrotchen from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- German Soft Pretzels (Laugenbrezel) from Hostess At Heart
- German Soft Pretzels from Herbivore Cucina
- Kardemummabullar from Ambrosia
- Pitta Bread from Sneha’s Recipe
- Pletzel from Cook’s Hideout
- Pretzel bites from My Cooking Journey
- Savoury Kugelhopf from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen
- Slovak Bread Rolls(Rozky) from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Whole wheat Pitta bread from Sonlicious
- Yemeni Kubaneh from Food Lust People Love
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