Spitikes Pites (Homemade Pita Bread)
~ 4 cups of all-purpose flour
~ 2 tsp of active dry yeast
~ 1-1/4 cups and warm water
~ 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
~ 2 teaspoons of white sugar
~ 1 1/4 tsp of salt
|~ Place flour in a large bowl and add salt, sugar and dry yeast and mix.
~ Add the oil and mix with your hands.
~ If using a mixer place all ingredients in the mixers bowl with half of the water and start the mixer.
~ Add the rest of the water a little at a time until you get the desire dough mixture.
~ Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
~ Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope.
~ With a sharp knife, divide dough into 10 pieces.
~ Roll each into a smooth ball.
~ With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 to 7 inch circle.
~ Set aside on a lightly floured countertop.
~ Cover with a kitchen towel and let pitas rise for about 30 minutes until slightly puffy.
~ Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
~ Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cake rack.
~ Place cake rack directly on the oven rack.
~ Bake the pitas 4 to 5 minutes or until they are puffed and tops begin to brown.
~ Remove from the oven and immediately place the pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp kitchen towel until soft.
~ Once the pitas are softened, either cut in half or split top edge for half or whole pitas.
~ They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.
~ Use the pitas with Souvlaki, as bread or with dips or appetizers.
~ Good luck and bon appétit.