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Homemade Israeli Pita bread

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 2 cups flour (~200g)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • Spices: 1 teaspoon salt
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Homemade pita bread from Israel
Pita pockets are a light, airy bread that puff up when cooked at an extremely high heat. They're delicious with my hummus or falafel recipes!

I'll tell you what you can do :

Pita bread is a staple food in Israeli. You get it with almost every meal and it can be used to make a "lafa" (a sandwich) or for a "niguv," for dipping. While pita comes in many shapes and sizes in Israel, the standard pita is thicker than what you find here in the US. I prefer it that way, but you can roll out the dough however you like in this recipe. See the oven tips for more informain about getting an authentic texture!

First, mix the yeast in with the warm water and sugar. Let it stand for 5–10 minutes . In a large bowl mix the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture when it starts to foam and mix well. The dough will be a little sticky and you should knead it until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Remove to a warm place to rise for one hour, or until it doubles in size.

Punch down the dough and knead it again for a couple of minutes. On a floured work surface, roll the dough into a cylinder shape and divide into about 10 small balls. Roll out each ball into a disc shape. I like mine pretty thick, but this dough is very adaptable and can be stretched out quite thin if you prefer it. Cover and let rise again for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 500ºF. To bake, place the pitas flat on a hot pizza stone or baking pan on the bottom rack. It takes about 5–6 minutes in my oven, but it might be different in yours. The key is to check on it and pull it out just as the corners turn brown (remember, pita bread is mostly white). Pull it out and eat it hot with my hummus or falafel recipe!




When baking bread, it's often all about the oven! This recipe is no exception. In Israel pita is baked in a huge clay oven, often wood-fired or with something akin to a flame-thrower. The point is that it's about 1000ºF. You won't achieve this in your home oven, but you can approximate as best you can by baking at 500ºF and cooking directly on a pizza stone placed on the lowest rack of your oven.


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