pitta bread

I don't have an airing cupboard for proving, instead I have a cheap bread machine (£20) and just use the dough setting.

500g strong white or '00' flour

7g dried yeast

15ml olive oil

5g sea salt

300ml lukewarm water

  • Pop all the ingredients into a bread machine on the dough setting.
  • At the end of the programme, punch down the bread and knead on a floured surface.
  • Put into an oiled bowl, oil the top, cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Place a baking tray into the oven and pre-heat to gas mark 9.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each one into a ball.
  • Cover with a dry tea towel and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • With a floured rolling pin, roll each ball in to a round or oval.
  • Cover again with the tea towel and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Place some of the dough pieces onto the hot tray and bake for around 3 to 5 minutes - until puffed up but not browned. 
  • Finish them off on a dry hot skillet for a minute or two to crisp them up and to add a slightly charred taste. 
  • Place onto a wire rack until slightly cooled. 

n.b. pitta's freeze well.