Mmmmm… There’s nothing quite like a warm slice of bread fresh from the oven, or in this case a nice flatbread (pita if you prefer). I’ve been on a big mini pizza kick lately with my chicken Alfredo and BBQ chicken pizzas. Both of which use flatbread as the crust. Which means we’ve been burning through the stuff like hotcakes. I finally caved and decided I should probably attempt to make a batch on my own. That’s about the time I found this great flatbread recipe from King Arthur Flour and gave it a go.
My expectations were low. I don’t have a great track record when it comes to breads or anything with yeast actually. It normally takes several attempts for me to get things just perfect. That wasn’t really the case with this recipe. It came together so easily that I was questioning myself throughout the entire process. The bake time was so small that I had to read the recipe four or five times just to make sure I wasn’t misreading, but sure enough the process was perfect. I was left with light & puffy pita’s just begging to be used!
You start by tossing all of the ingredients straight into your mixing bowl. Every single one of them. Give it a good stir with your paddle attachment and then switch over to the dough hook. Let it do it’s thing for about five minutes or until your dough gets that play dough like consistency. After resting for a good hour it’s time to make the magic happen. I divided the dough into eight equal pieces…
Then rolled them out into 8 inch circles. Well, sort of. They were more like blobs. I figure it gives them more character when they aren’t a perfect circle. Then I placed them onto two lined baking sheets and set the oven to a ridiculously high temp.
Seriously. Five hundred degrees is no joke. You’ll want to keep a close eye on these as they bake to avoid small kitchen fires. Not that that happened to me or anything. I would never ever catch bread on fire in my oven, run around the apartment searching for a fire extinguisher, and freak out thinking our fire sprinkler system might go off. Nope. Not me.
It’s like magic watching these bake. I didn’t believe that they were going to puff up, but sure enough they did. Every single one of them puffed to a beautiful air pocket of goodness. It blows my mind how simple the entire process was! If you are a fan of pita or flatbread… Give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Combine all of your ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir until combined with the paddle attachment.
- Switch to a dough hook and knead for five minutes. If kneading by hand increase that time to ten minutes. Place in a lightly sprayed bowl and cover with a dry clean towel. Let rest for one hour.
- Divide your dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an eight inch circle. Place onto a lined cookie sheet and allow to rest 15 minutes.
- While the dough is resting preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Cook on the bottom level of the oven for 5 minutes. Your bread should have puffed up slightly. If not add an additional minute or two. Transfer to the top rack and cook 2 more minutes.