I was making my yummy Vegan Sweet Potato Burgers and thought they would be great on pita bread but I did not feel like going to the grocery, so I decided I would try making them on my own. I never knew how easy pitas were to make but it was so simple and delicious. I wasn't sure how they were supposed to puff up but the high heat and low rack did the trick. If they don't puff then you have flat bread so it's a win win either way. Enjoy!!
Makes 6 Pitas
2 cups bread flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup lukewarm water
Place the sugar and yeast in a measuring cup and add in the water, letting the pouring of the water mix the yeast and sugar around. Set aside for 5-10 minutes or until yeast bubbles.
Put the salt and flour into a large bowl and stir then pour in the bubbled yeast and mix well with a fork or dough hooks on a hand mixer. Add in the extra water just a little at a time until the dough is evenly moistened. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 or more minutes until you form a stretchy and elastic like ball. Place the ball into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Let is it in a warm place and rise for 30 minutes to an hour or until doubled in size.
Once the dough has doubled in size remove the ball and place in on the same floured surface and knead out all of the bubbles and make 6 balls and flatten them out with a rolling pin making large disks. Place the disks on a flat surface, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place and let it rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 500 and make sure the rack is at the very bottom of the oven. Place a baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes to warm before placing the dough on it. Once the dough is ready and the baking sheet remove the baking sheet and spray some olive on it to prevent sticking. Place two disks at a time on the baking sheet and cook one side for 5 minutes, flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
Remove the pitas from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Repeat until all of the dough is cooked. Let the pitas cool and use a knife to slice through the dough to open the pita. Serve cold or warm. Once completely cooled you can store them in a ziploc bag.