Pita, a traditional Middle-Eastern and Greek flatbread, is an amazingly useful bread. It takes little time and hardly any kneading, and it can be used a multitude of ways: with curries, hummus, gyros, paninis, sandwiches, etc. The flavor and texture of homemade pita totally eclipses that of the flavorless stuff you can buy at the grocery store–this pita is the sort of thing you will want to eat plain!
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (stick it in the microwave for ten seconds)
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Set aside until bubbly. In a large bowl mix the salt and flour with a fork. When the yeast mixture is bubbling, add to the flour mix and add oil. Mix with a fork and then begin to knead by hand until it comes together in a large ball. Cover with damp cloth and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
Separate the dough into 6-10 smaller balls. Place a pan over the stove on low heat. On a floured surface, roll out the balls of dough until they are at least six inches in diameter. Place on pan, flipping when they begin to puff up and brushing with oil. Enjoy!