It’s no wonder we’ve fallen for Recipe for Arabic Pita Bread [gluten Free] baking .Arabic food is always seasonal inspired by ingredients, yet simple at heart
This homemade Recipe for Pita Arabic bread[Gluten free] is easy to make and requires a few ingredients you may already have on hand! Mix up the very simple dough, let it rise, and experience the magic of fresh, warm, perfectly puffy homemade pita bread. Baking and skillet instructions included! Pita bread is freezer friendly. And you can even prepare the dough ahead. Be sure to read through for tips and my step-by-step tutorial
- Pinch sugar
- All-purpose flour (or a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour)
- Extra virgin olive oil (I used Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
Do I need a stand mixer to make pita bread?
No! In fact, I prefer to knead the dough by hand for my pita bread. You will not be doing too much kneading, and the result is almost better than using a stand mixed
Here’s all the equipment you need to make this pita bread
- Large mixing bowl l
- Wooden spoon or anything to stir the dough
- A rolling pin to flatten the pita
PROCEDURE Recipe for Pita Arabic bread[Gluten free]
Step 1: Make sponge
Combine 1 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl with yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add ½ cup flour and whisk together. Place the mixing bowl in a warm (not hot) place, uncovered. Wait about 15 minutes or until mixture is frothy and bubbling a bit
Tip: If you don’t see some bubbles, your yeast is dead. Start over with new yeast.
Bread sponge bubbling in a mixing bowl
Step 2: Form the pita dough
Now add salt, olive oil, and the remaining flour (keep about ½ cup of the flour for dusting later). Stir until mixture forms a shaggy mass.(What’s a shaggy mass? Basically, at this point, the dough has little to no gluten development and just looks like a sticky mess and you can easily pull bits off).
Dust with a little flour, and then knead the mixture inside the bowl for about 1 minute incorporating any stray bits. Shaggy pita dough Step: 3 knead the dough
Dust a clean working surface with just a little bit of flour. Knead lightly for 2 minutes or so until smooth. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes, then knead again for a couple more minutes. The dough should be soft and a little bit moist; you can help it with a little dusting flour, but try not to add too much. Pita dough kneaded briefly in the bowl to incorporate stray pieces
Step: 4 Let the pita dough rise
Clean the mixing bowl and give it a light coating of extra virgin olive oil. Put the dough back in the bowl and turn it a couple times just to coat it a bit with the olive oil. Kneaded dough in a clean mixing bowl before rising
Cover the mixing bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and then cover it with a kitchen towel. Put the bowl in a warm (not hot) place. Leave it for 1 hour or until the dough rises to double its size. Pita dough risen to double its size
Step 5: Divide the dough
Gently deflate the dough and place it on a clean work surface. Divide the dough into 7 to 8 equal pieces and shape them into balls. Cover with a towel and leave them for 10 minutes or so.Dough divide into 8
Step 6: Shape the pitas
Using a floured rolling pin, roll one of the pieces into a circle that’s 8-9 inches wide and about a quarter inch thick. It helps to lift and turn the dough frequently as you roll so that dough doesn’t stick to your counter too much. (If dough starts to stick, sprinkle a tiny bit of flour). If the dough starts to spring back, set it aside to rest for a few minutes, and then continue rolling. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.
Tip: Once you get going, you can be cooking one pita while rolling another, if you like.
Dough flattened into pita round disc
You have two options for baking the pita from here.
Step 7: Bake in the oven or on stovetop
To bake pita in the oven: Heat the oven to 475 degrees F and place a heavy-duty baking pan or large cast iron skillet on the middle rack to heat. Working in batches, place the rolled-out pitas directly on the hot baking baking sheet
Bake for 2 minutes on one side, and then, using a pair of tongs, carefully turn pita over to bake for 1 minute on the other side. The pita will puff nicely and should be ready. Remove from the oven and cover the baked pitas with a clean towel while you work on the rest of the pitas
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