While it takes a bit more effort, there is something ultimately satisfying about making your own baked goods.
Baking takes a bit of practice, and a few times of failure. But once you’ve gotten used to the techniques and the time involved, it’s a fun activity that costs only a bit of money and ends with something delicious!
Maybe you don’t have time to make pita on a regular basis — but making it every so often is a treat. It’s amazing to watch the dough you just puff into little pita pockets in the oven — almost like magic!
We made this recipe as part of our ongoing effort to create the Green Mango Cafe cookbook to benefit the culinary school in Cambodia. We’re excited to report that we’ve made great progress and are working on laying out the graphic design of the book as we speak. After another week of testing by our friend and family recipe testers, we’ll have the recipes finalized and be able to move to making all the finishing touches and edits. We can’t wait to share with you!
Makes 8 pitas
What You Need
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ tablespoon honey
What To Do
1 In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients above. Mix the ingredients with a spatula until a rough ball forms. (Or, mix the ingredients together by hand, then knead for about 10 minutes until a dough forms. Skip to Step 3).
2 Attach the dough hook of the mixer and turn on the mixer at its lowest setting. Slowly raise the speed to medium, adding more water or flour as necessary to form a dough that is just slightly sticky.
3 Knead for 6 minutes at medium speed. When the kneading is complete, remove the dough hook. Place the bowl in a warm spot, cover it with a towel, and wait until it has doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
4 Preheat the oven to 500°F along with a pizza stone, if available. Separate the dough into 8 equal parts and shape each section into a small ball.
5 On a lightly floured work surface, roll each dough ball into a circle using a rolling pin. The circle should be about ⅛ to ¼ inches thick and about 7 inches in diameter. Let rest for 15 minutes.
6 When ready to bake, place 4 dough circles in the oven on the pizza stone, or directly on the oven rack. Bake until the dough puffs up and is pale golden, about 2 minutes on one side. Using tongs, flip and bake for 1 to 2 more minutes on the other side.
7 Remove the pita from the oven, gently compress the puffed bread, and place on a plate covered with a tea towel. Bake the other 4 pita breads. Then wrap all pitas in the towel and place in a bag for about 15 minutes to capture the steam and allow for a naturally soft and chewy pita.
Notes: After baking, you can freeze the pita rounds in a sealed plastic bag.