Making your own pita bread is considerably easy than you might think, as long as you have time to let the dough rise. It's also entertaining to see them puff up in the oven! Warm pita bread can be served with hummus, stuffed with falafels and fresh vegetables, or toasted to make chips to dip in salsa.
Serving Size: make 10 breads
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 mins
2 cups whole wheat flour
11/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tbsp date paste
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sea salt
1- Combine date paste, yeast, and 112 cups lukewarm water in a food processor fitted with a dough blade or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes or until foamy in a warm environment.
2- Combine the flours and salt in a large mixing basin. Add yeast mixture with flour mixture. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes on medium-low speed, or until dough begins to pull away from bowl sides. Transfer the dough to the large mixing bowl if you're using a food processor. Using a damp clean cloth, cover the bowl. Allow dough to rise in a warm location for 45 to 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
3- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough about 1 minute. Return dough to bowl, cover with cloth, and let rise 30 minutes more.
4- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
5- Make ten equal amounts of dough. Roll each chunk of dough into a ball, dusting your hands and the dough with flour. Roll the balls into 6-inch rounds on a lightly floured surface. Place the dough circles on the baking sheets that have been prepared. Cover with damp clean cloths loosely. Allow 10 minutes to rise in a warm location.
6- Cover pitas and bake for 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottoms. Bake for another 4 to 6 minutes, or until the pitas puff up. Remove the dish from the oven. Allow to cool until pitas are safe to handle. Warm or at room temperature is fine.
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