Grab the kids and get them mixing, kneading and rolling their own Quick and Easy Pitta Bread. As the name suggests, they’re easy to make and miles tastier than the kind you can buy at the supermarket.
Since starting this blog I’ve surprised myself – and the kids – by getting quite enthusiastic in the kitchen and having a go at a few new recipes. So it was with this homemade pitta bread. Having glanced at recipes for pitta to go with this week’s Grilled Lamb Skewers recipe – it looked surprisingly easy and quick to make. And guess what, it was.
All you need is flour, water and yeast and a bit of salt and sugar. But the best bit was these tasted so much better than the plastic-kind you get at the supermarket – so much so that the kids have been begging me to make these again. For a lovely chargrilled taste, brush with olive oil and whack them on the barbecue for a few minutes. These are lovely served with Tzatziki sauce or houmous.
Makes about 6 – 8 pittas.
- 500g plain flour
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Approx 8oz lukewarm water (temperature should be around 40C)
- Sieve the flour into a large bowl
- Add the yeast, sugar and salt and combine well
- Start adding the water a little at a time and mix well (you can use a food processor or a mixer with a dough hook for this)
- When the water is absorbed, add a little more and continue until you have an elastic ball of dough. If the dough is still crumbly, add a little more water. If it feels too sticky, add more flour
- When the dough is ready, cover the bowl with a tea-towel and put in a warm place to prove. Leave for 20 minutes or for the time stated on the back of your packet of yeast
- When risen, remove the dough from the bowl and split into around 6 to 8 portions. Roll each portion between your hands to form a ball and then either press out with your hands, or roll with a rolling pin, to form a flat sheet of dough about 1cm thick
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high flame. Cook the pitta bread each side for about 3-4 minutes each
- Serve warm.