Fresh, soft and tasty. Great for sandwiches, pizza crust of just for dipping.
SOFT PUFFY PITA BREAD
*1 1/8 cups warm water
*1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
*1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
*1 tablespoon vegetable oil
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (can substitute 1 1/2 cups with whole wheat flour)
~In mixing bowl, whisk warm water, sugar and yeast.
~Allow to proof (about 10 minutes).
~Mix in oil and salt.
~Add flour in 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition (I use a kitchen aid mixer and use the dough hook).
~Once the flour is mixed in, knead for another 4 minutes if using the dough hook or 8 minutes if using your hands.
~Place dough into a large oiled bowl.
~Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap for 45 minutes.
~Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
~Carefully roll dough into a 12-inch rope.
~Roll each into a smooth ball.
~Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each dough ball into a 6 inch circle.
~Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.
~Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
~Place bowl of water on bottom rack in oven.
~Carefully place 4 pitas on a cookie rack (or directly on oven rack).
~Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until puffed and tops start to brown.
~Remove from oven and immediately put pitas into a sealed brown paper bag and allow to cool (if you don't have a bag, cover pitas with a damp clean towel until cooled) (about 10-12 minutes).