Pitta bread is one of my all time favourite staples to accompany food. I assumed that it would be a lengthy and complicated process to make some at home. There are a ton of recipes on the internet that differ in time and ease of preparation.
I came across the perfect one on BBC Good Food, it was easy, quick and tasted amazing.
- 250g/9oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 x 7g sachet instant yeast
- 20g/⅔oz nigella seeds or black onion seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 160ml/5½fl oz water
- 2 tsp olive oil, plus extra for kneading
In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, nigella seeds and salt. Add 120ml/4fl oz of the water and 1½ teaspoons of oil. Using your fingers mix the ingredients together. Gradually add the remaining water and oil until all the flour has come away from the sides and you have a soft dough. (You may not need all the water; the dough should be soft and not sticky.)
Pour a little oil onto your work top. Place the dough on top and knead for 5-10 minutes. The dough will be wet in the beginning but will form a smooth dough once kneaded. Once a smooth dough is achieved, place it into a clean, oiled bowl. Cover and leave to prove until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 250C/475F/Gas 9 and place a clean baking tray or baking stone on the middle shelf.
When the dough has doubled in size, tip it out onto a work surface dusted with flour. Knock the dough back by folding it inwards over and over again until all the air is knocked out. Split the dough into 4-6 equally sized balls. Roll each ball into an oval shape 3-5mm thick.
Remove the hot tray from the oven, dust with flour and place the pitta breads on it. You may have to cook them in batches.