Do you want to do some cooking and baking, but it really intimidates you? Is it the idea of messing up the ingredients or using a living organism in a food that you eat? Yes, a living organism known as yeast. It is completely harmless, in fact it is much useful than you think. Baking is very simple as long as you have the main ingredient, patience. You may not get it like a professional chef the first time but you will surely get there once you start with the little simple things.
Here is a recipe of pita bread, very simple and very easy.
- Active Dry Yeast: 1
- Warm Water: 1 Cup
- All-Purpose Flour: 2 Cup (or more if needed)
- Olive Oil: 1 ½ Tablespoons, 1 Teaspoon
- Salt: 1 ¾ Teaspoon
- Take a bowl, add yeast, sugar and a cup of flour into it, and whisk it. And then set it aside so that the mixture rises into a loose sponge. It will foam and bubble.
- Add 1 ½ cups of olive oil to the mixture.
- Then add the rest of the flour to the mixture and make it into a sticky dough, make sure that the dough doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. In case it does, add some more flour to it.
- Knead the dough for about 5 to 6 minutes in a machine so that it becomes springy and soft. Turn it and make it into a ball.
- Take a bowl and cover it lightly with olive oil. Out the dough inside and cover it in thin layer of olive oil.
- Then cover it with a foil paper and leave it to rise for a couple of hours so that it becomes twice its size.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and flatten it into a 1-inch thick shape.
- Now cut the dough into 8 pieces.
- Take each piece and make a dough ball with a very smooth top. Pull it from the sides and tuck the ends underneath.
- Cover these balls up with lightly greasy wrapping paper and set aside for half an hour.
- Sprinkle some flour on the dough ball and flatten it on a lightly floured surface by patting it gently with your fingers. You will have a round bread with ¼ inch thickness.
- Repeat it with all the balls and let them be for 5 minutes.
- Have the cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and brushed with oil.
- Lay the bread on the skillet and let it puff. The bottom should puff up and start forming brown spots all over it. This will take about 3 minutes.
- Flip it and let the other side bake for about 2 minutes.
- And then flip it back to the other side for about 30 seconds so that it puffs up with hot air.
- Take it off and place it on the plate to cool.