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Pitta bread

Pitta bread

This Lebanese speciality is made as a flat round pocket, which can be filled with all manner of things.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 8 Pittas bread, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
22 min.2 hours 30 min.3 min.2 hours 55 min.
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Step by step recipe

1 Pitta bread : Photo of step #1In the mixer bowl, or a large bowl, pour ½ teaspoon caster sugar, 9 g salt and 300 ml water (warm).

Add 500 g flour, 25 g yeast, and finally 2 tablespoons olive oil.
3 min.
2 Pitta bread : Photo of step #2Knead for 4 minutes on medium speed (position "1"), or manually until you get a smooth elastic dough.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.
4 min.
3 Pitta bread : Photo of step #3Gather the dough into a ball, dust with flour, then cover with a plastic sheet. Leave to rise at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, until the dough is doubled in volume. 2 hours
4 Pitta bread : Photo of step #4Cut the dough into 7 or 8 small lumps. Roll into balls, place well spaced on a baking sheet, and cover with a damp tea-towel.

Leave to rise again for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
5 min.
5 Pitta bread : Photo of step #5Then roll out the balls of dough into flat rounds approximately 10-15 cm (4-6") diameter and about 5 mm ( ¼") thick (they should not be any thinner). 30 min.
6 Pitta bread : Photo of step #6Cook the pitta:
  • Using a wood fire if you have a bread oven
  • In a convential oven at 240°C ou 464°F, directly on the oven floor
10 min.
7 Pitta bread : Photo of step #7If you use a bread oven, take care because the pitta cook very quickly (one minute or less!), and need to be turned round and over to colour uniformly.

Your pitta bread is finished.
3 min.
8 Pitta bread : Photo of step #8You could throw a "pitta party", preparing everything to be put out on the table, leaving your guests to assemble their own pitta sandwiches. Choose a variety of fillings such as:

Diced tomato and cucumber with herbs and vinaigrette.
9 Pitta bread : Photo of step #9Diced avocado in a lime and olive oil vinaigrette.
10 Pitta bread : Photo of step #10Tuna rillettes.
11 Pitta bread : Photo of step #11Guacamole, Hummus, etc.
12 Pitta bread : Photo of step #12To make a pitta sandwich, cut in half while still warm.
13 Pitta bread : Photo of step #13Then fill the pocket of each half as you choose from the suggestions above.

Remarks

An idea to try: a complete pitta meal with a savoury course as described above, and a sweet course with small diced fruit, custard cream or whipped cream, melted chocolate, etc... For the sweet part, it's a good idea to dust the pittas with caster sugar before puting them to the oven, so that they caramelize slightly.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
207055 gr382 gr36 gr
104 %21 %36 %5 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2396 gr44 gr4 gr
12 %2 %4 %1 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2586 gr47 gr4 gr
13 %3 %5 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 8 Pittas bread : 1.42 €
Per Pitta bread : 0.18 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made
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