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.