Simple and delicious recipe for griddled pita bread

Soft, doughy, fluffy, with a slightly charred taste that is just lovely.Yummy and fun to make, it’s thrilling when they puff up in the pan.

Pitas

Pita bread in a frying pan

Jane Mason
Further to the earlier posts about great pita bread at the Lebanese place Arbanus in Mercado Roma I decided to griddle rather than bake pita bread. I suspected the pita at Arbanus was griddled both because of the size and shape and because the surface was mottled – something you don't normally get when you bake bread.
The result was brilliant!  Better than we dreamed.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek

Equipment

  • spoons, scale, bowls, griddle, rolling pin

Ingredients
  

  • 600 g white wheat or spelt flour you can use plain or strong flour here
  • 360 g water
  • big pinch yeast of any kind
  • 10 g salt
  • extra flour for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Measure the water into the bowl and add the yeast. Wait for 10 minutes to dissolve the yeast and add the flour and the water.
  • Get the dough together in the bowl and then turn out on the counter and knead for 10 minutes. You can do this in a mixer for 10 minutes on the lowest speed. The dough is quite dry and difficult to knead – just persevere!
  • Put it back in the bowl and cover it. Let it rest for 1 hour. Stretch and fold the dough.
  • Repeat the cycle of stretch / fold / rest three more times, ending by letting the dough rest for one hour before you shape it.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl on to a non floury surface and divide it into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a tight ball.
  • Let the tight balls rest for 5 minutes. One by one, place the balls on a lightly floured surface, flour the top and roll them to 1/2 cm with a rolling pin. Place each disk onto a well floured surface, and cover them with a damp tea towel.  Let them rest for 1 hour.
  • Heat a frying pan or a griddle to a very hot temperature and then turn the heat down to medium. Grease the surface with the tiniest bit of oil.  Use a paper towel to do this so you don't put in too much oil.  You don't want the pitas to be greasy.
  • Put as many pitas into the pan as will fit. They wont spread out, they will just sit there and begin to rise.  Leave them for 3-4 minutes and then flip them again and leave them for 3-4 minutes. They will begin to puff up and then you know they are done. If they don't puff up – worry not – the pan is not hot enough but it will get there with your subsequent pitas.
  • Immediately cut the pitas open with a knife or scissors being careful to angle them away from you so you don't get burned by the steam. Stack them and wrap them in a towel to keep them soft until you want to eat them.
  • Stuff it with falafel balls or tuna salad or anything you want, really.  Dip them in hummus…
  • Eat! Yum!
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Keyword 5 ingredients or fewer, flat bread, Middle Eastern bread

2 thoughts on “Simple and delicious recipe for griddled pita bread”

  1. Tried these the other day, FANTASTIC! Lovely chewy pitta, far better than rubbery shop stuff!
    Only did 1 rise, reckon a few more would have meant an even better flavour

    1. ooo! I am so pleased! I think you are right – more rise = more flavour. You could do the rise in the fridge too? I loved them and squealed with delight when they puffed up!

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