Mrs Orth's Pitta Palace
I’ve opted for a healthier recipe this week that you can enjoy with salads, dips and pickles for a tasty lunch. Pitta is great fun and easy to make. You just need an adult to help you to bake them in a very hot oven at the end.
Makes 10 pitta breads
You will need
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 1tsp sugar + a pinch
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp dried yeast
- 300-400ml warm water (never hot as it kills the yeast)
- 2tbsp olive oil
WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AD CLEAN A SURFACE TO WORK ON
- Place the yeast in a cup and add 100ml of the warm water and a pinch of sugar. Mix with the tip of your finger. Leave for about 20 minutes until the yeast makes a foam.
- Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
- Pour the foamy yeast into the flour mixture.
- Start adding the warm water and use your hand to mix until you have formed a lovely clump of dough. (Don’t worry if there are some lumps)
- Use some energy to knead the dough for a good 7 minutes. Throw it about a bit, squish it, smooth it and do this again and again to get the gluten in the flour working for you.
- Add the olive oil. I love this part as it’s a bit slippery and squelchy at first. Have faith and laugh. It will come together into a silky smooth texture. I’d say do this for another 7 minutes.
- Cover the bowl with a clean towel or cling film and place in a warm area for a good couple of hours until the dough grows and at least doubles in size. It’s O.K. to keep peeking at the yeast making bubbles in your dough. That’s the magic of bread making.
- When ready, knock back (beat up) the dough and knead into a ball before dividing into 10 satsuma sized balls.
- Using a little flour on the surface roll each one as a ball and then roll flat into a pitta shape.
- Meanwhile get an adult to put clean baking trays in your oven and heat to the highest temperature.
- Place your pittas into the oven for 2-3 minutes. You will see them puff up and then they are ready. They are not supposed to go golden or brown.
- Stack them under a clean towel of cling film until ready to enjoy.
- You can freeze them too. Once cold just warm in the oven to get the pittas to split easily so that you can stuff them with goodies.
Have a lot of fun bakers and let me know how you get on !
Science link – Is yeast a living thing? Find out a little more about this curious ingredient.
More recipes coming soon….