homemade pitta bread

Homemade pitta bread

Pitta bread recipe

Difficulty: A bit harder

Time: 30 minutes + 1-2 hrs proving + 15 minutes baking

Serves: makes 6 pitta bread

We make our own pizzas quite often but I’ve not tried a homemade pitta bread recipe since having the kids. It’s a similar process though so I thought we’d give it a go. It’s obviously not as quick as opening a packet of pitta bread from the supermarket but it was a fun thing to do in a free afternoon and homemade bread always tastes nice! You can make this pitta bread recipe easier and quicker by using a bread maching if you have one, although my kids always enjoy getting to knead the bred dough by hand!

Ingredients

350g white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp easy-blend yeast
210ml water
1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Mix together your ingredients
Get your toddler to measure the flour (350g) into a bowl.

Add the salt (1.5 tsp), sugar (1 tsp) and yeast (1 tsp) into different corners of the bowl. You need to be relatively accurate with these measurements so you might be better doing this bit yourself or just getting your little one to help you.

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Pour the water (210 ml) and oil (1 tbsp) into the bowl a little at a time. Use a spoon (or your hands) to mix until all the flour comes away from the side and you have a soft dough. You might not need to add all the water – you want the dough to be soft, not sticky.

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Kneed your dough
Put a little oil on your work surface to stop the dough sticking. Put the dough on top and start kneading. You’ll need to do it for 5-10 minutes until it looks smooth. We probably did it for a lot longer though as Hannah was having fun. She even gave Lewis a quick lesson in how to knead although I’m not sure whether their poking technique is exactly conventional!

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Once you’re done, place it in a clean bowl, cover it with cling film and leave it somewhere warm until it has doubled in size.

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Preheat the oven to 250C

Place a baking tray or baking stone on the middle shelf.

Make the pitta breads
Once the dough has doubled in size, pour it out on to a lightly floured work surface and knock it back (fold it inwards again and again until the air has gone – or just get your toddler to man handle it!)

Split the dough into 6 equal sized balls then roll each into a 3-5mm oval shape.

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Remove the baking tray from the oven, sprinkle with flour and place the pitta bread on it.

Bake for 5-10 minutes. They’re ready when they’ve started to colour – some of ours also puffed up really nicely into big pockets.

pitta bread recipe

Pitta bread recipe

An easy pitta bread recipe kids will enjoy making.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Proving time2 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: lunch
Cuisine: greek
Keyword: bread
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 210 ml water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 350 g white bread flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp easy-blend yeast

Instructions

Mix together your ingredients

  • Measure the flour into a bowl. Add the salt, sugar and yeast into different corners of the bowl.
  • Pour the water and oil into the bowl a little at a time. Use a spoon (or your hands) to mix until all the flour comes away from the side and you have a soft dough. You might not need to add all the water – you want the dough to be soft, not sticky.

Kneed your dough

  • Put a little oil on your work surface to stop the dough sticking. Put the dough on top and start kneading. You’ll need to do it for 5-10 minutes until it looks smooth.  Once you’re done, place it in a clean bowl, cover it with cling film and leave it somewhere warm until it has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 250C and place a baking tray or baking stone on the middle shelf.

    Make the pitta breads

    • Once the dough has doubled in size, pour it out on to a lightly floured work surface and knock it back (fold it inwards again and again until the air has gone – or just get your toddler to man handle it!)
    • Split the dough into 6 equal sized balls then roll each into a 3-5mm oval shape. Remove the baking tray from the oven, sprinkle with flour and place the pitta breads on it.
    • Bake for 5-10 minutes. They’re ready when they’ve started to colour – some of ours also puffed up really nicely into big pockets.

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