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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons - instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoons - honey
  • 1 1/4 cups - warm water (105-115 degrees F), divided
  • 1 1/2 cups - bread flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups - whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1/4 cups - extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons - salt
  • - cornmeal, for sprinkling
  • Directions:

    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer*, combine the yeast, honey and ½ cup of the water. Stir gently to blend. Whisk ¼ cup of the bread flour and ¼ cup of the whole wheat flour into the yeast mixture until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in bulk and bubbly, about 45 minutes.

    2. Remove the plastic wrap and return the bowl to the mixer stand, fitted with the dough hook. Add in the remaining ¾ cup of warm water, 1¼ cups bread flour, 1¼ cups whole wheat flour, olive oil and salt. Knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (You will have to add additional flour while needing, see note.) Transfer the ball of dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat, and let rise in a warm draft-free place, about 1 hour, until doubled in bulk.

    3. Once the dough has risen, transfer to a lightly floured work surface, punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball. Flatten one ball at a time into a disk, then stretch out into a 6½-7 inch circle. Transfer the rounds to a baking sheet or other work surface lightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Once all the rounds have been shaped, loosely cover with clean kitchen towels. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, until slightly puffy.

    4. Place an oven rack in the middle position. If using a baking stone, place in the oven. Preheat to 500 degrees F.

    5. Transfer pitas, 1 at a time, onto the baking surface. (Note: These can be baked on a baking stone, cookie sheet or directly on the oven racks. I use a cookie sheet, but the others are fine too.) Bake 2 minutes, until puffed and pale golden. Gently flip the pitas over using tongs and bake 1 minute more. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining pitas. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    *If you don't have a stand mixer, just stir and knead by hand. I've done both and they come out fine either way.

    Brief Description

    These are so wonderful - a bit time consuming but so worth it. They come out much thicker and fluffier than the ones you normally get in restaurants.

    Main Ingredient:

    flour

    Category:  Yeast breads

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 2 hour(s) 30 min
    Cook Time: 3 min

    Notes

    You will have to add flour as you are kneading or the dough will be too sticky. It will depend on lots of variables and conditions so add 1/4 cup at a time until the texture is smooth.

    If using a cookie sheet, I can usually fit 3 at a time.

    These freeze great! Just put a piece of wax paper or parchment between each pita before placing in freezer bags. They thaw in about an hour. Reheat at 350 for 4-5 minutes and they taste as good as the first time you baked them.

    Source

    Annie's Eats via Pinterest

    Posted By:

    adela82

    Posted On:

    May 11, 2013

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