zondag 4 januari 2009
I had shoarma in my fridge which I wanted to eat this evening, and with shoarma belongs some pita bread. I decided to make some myself.
Pita (makes 8 - 10)
350 g flour
210 ml water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Add the water and oil and mix until well blended. Let rest for 15 minutes.
Knead ca. 10 minutes, until the dough feels smooth and velvety. Cover and let rise until doubled in volume (about 1 hour, depending on the temperature in your kitchen).
Divide in 8 (makes rather large pita) or 10 (for smaller pita) pieces. Make little balls, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven on 250°C (500°F). If using a baking stone (preferrably), this can take 30 - 45 minutes.
Pat each of the little dough balls flat and roll them out with a rolling pin. They should be about 3 mm thick. Place them on the preheated baking stone or baking sheet and bake for 3 minutes. I can bake four at a time in my oven. They will pop up like balloons. The first time I saw this happen I was so thrilled. Amazing!
Key for success is a very hot oven and a hot baking surface. So make sure you preheat a baking stone or baking sheet. And look at the results. Aren't they beautiful?