Recipe courtesy of May Yacoubi

Pita Bread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes rising time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings 
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Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt

1 cup warm water, plus more if needed

Serving suggestions:

pickles, sliced tomatoes, green olives, fresh mint leaves, zaatar and labneh drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Add the flour, yeast and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment and mix to combine. With the machine running at medium-low speed, add 1 cup warm water and mix well. Increase the speed to medium to medium-high and continue mixing, adding more warm water if necessary, until the dough gathers into a ball, completely pulls away from the sides of the bowl and the bowl is clean, about 5 minutes total.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface. Remove the dough from the bowl, sprinkle with flour and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball, place in a large bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm, humid place for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer the risen dough to a lightly floured surface, kneading lightly to deflate it. With floured hands, pull small portions of dough (slightly bigger than a golf ball) and roll them into balls.
  4. Flatten each ball with your hands, then roll it thin with a rolling pin. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Once heated add the bread and cook until browned and bubbled on the first side, then flip and cook the other side until it puffs and turns golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Serve the bread with the pickles, tomatoes, green olives, mint leaves, zaatar and labneh, if you like.
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