Egyptian Pita Breads

There are 3 traditioanl Egyptian recipe for pita bread.

Recipe for Egyptian "Aesh Baladi", serves 8:

  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast.
  • 1 cup warm water.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 3 cups flour.

Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup warm water. Sift together the flour and salt and mix the yeast and water. Work the mixture into a dough and knead for several minutes.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it proof in a warm place for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll into balls. With either your hand or a rolling pin, pat and press each ball of dough into a 5-inch circle about 1/2-inch thick. Place on a sheet of greaseproof paper and bake for 10 minutes, or until the pita are light golden brown.

The next two pita bread recipe are made in a same way, the only difference is in the composition. So, follow the recipe below for both.

Aash Baladi bread

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour.
  • 7 oz. water.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt.
  • 1/4 oz. Dry Yeast.

Aash Makamar

  • 4 C bread flour
  • 1 Tb active dry yeast
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 2 C of warm water

Mix the yeast and the water. Mix the dry ingredients and water using by hand or a kitchen mixer for 7 minutes to develop the gluten matrice in the dough. When it is finished it should be the same texture than a pizza dough. Cut the dough to small pieces , flatten them by hand or rolling pin. Cover .and let it proof for 15 minutes Pre-heat your oven to 500 F

Bake in the middle rack on a plate one at the time. Cook until it puffs up and reach a nice golden brown color.

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  1. Anonymous said,

    thank you thank you thank you ive been lookin for one of these recipes <3 thanks

    on 18 October, 2010