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Vegan Pita Bread

Pita is a yeast-leavened, round flatbread with a puffy pocket, commonly eaten in the Middle East and neighboring countries. It's made with flour, olive oil, yeast, salt, and a touch of sugar to aid in fermenting. Once you make this bread homemade, you won't want to go back to store bought. So warm and delicious!
Course Side
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Bread, dairy-free, diy pita, egg-free bread, homemade bread, pita, pita pocket, vegan, vegetarian
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 pita breads
Author Kenden Alfond

Ingredients

  • cups 300 grams of all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • cups 360 mls of lukewarm water, divided
  • teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup 125 grams of whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of canola or olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of lukewarm water with all of the yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix with a fork.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to ferment for 30 minutes until thick and frothy.
  • Add 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour , ½ cup of lukewarm water, and salt. Fork mix until a sticky dough comes together.
  • Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes, gradually adding ½ cup of flour and a teaspoon of olive oil. The dough will become smooth and springy to the touch.
  • Shape dough into a ball and place into a mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Tip the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8-10 equal pieces and form each into a ball with your hands.
  • Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a flat circle, cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Lightly oil the skillet and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • One at a time, cook pitas in the hot skillet for 1-2 minutes each side until they puff.

Notes

Added variations to the end of Step 4:

  • Crunch - add chopped pumpkin or sunflower seeds to add flavor, texture, and nutrition
  • Sweetness - add chopped raisins or currants, orange zest, or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Savory - add chopped, baked garlic, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric for a savory, golden pita