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Grilled Pita Bread

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Yields 10 pitas.

  • To learn more, read:
    Flatbreads on the Grill
  • by Mary Karlin from Fine Cooking
    Issue 105

While cooking, a pocket forms inside these classic flatbreads. Enjoy them filled with sliced grilled meat, lightly dressed greens, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 15-3/4 oz. (3-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed
  • 2-1/2 oz. (1/2 cup) whole-wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil; more for the bowl

In a small bowl, mix the honey with 1/2 cup lukewarm water and stir in the yeast. Let sit until the yeast has started to foam, 2 to 3 minutes.

Put both flours and the salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. With the mixer running on low speed, mix in the olive oil until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add the yeast mixture and 1 cup lukewarm water and mix until fully incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes more. Raise the speed to medium and knead the dough until it comes away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball that is smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky, 4 to 5 minutes. If the dough seems too wet, add more all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. at a time. Raise the speed to medium high and continue to knead for 5 minutes. Oil a medium bowl, transfer the dough to the bowl, and roll to coat it with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead two or three times to remove any air bubbles. Form into a log and divide it evenly into 10 pieces. Form each piece into a ball and then roll into disks about 1/4 inch thick and 6 inches in diameter. Lightly oil two rimmed baking sheets. Put the disks on the baking sheets, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until just doubled in thickness, 30 to 45 minutes.

Prepare a medium-high gas grill fire, leaving one burner off, or prepare a charcoal fire with a hot zone and cool zone by pushing the coals to one side of the grill.

Brush a cast-iron griddle or skillet lightly with olive oil and put it on the grill over the cool zone. When very hot, cook the pitas in batches on the griddle until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until lightly golden on the bottom and the pitas are cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Cool on a wire rack. If stuffing, cut the pitas in half and carefully separate the layers with a fork.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 220; Fat (g): 3.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 30; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 6; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): 41; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): 60; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Made this for the fourth time this summer. So easy. So amazing fresh and hot. The honey and the olive oil together give it a fabulous bakery taste. Soooooo good. Love using my cast iron pan on the grill. Brilliant.

Absolutely phenomenal. We'll never go back to store bought! Read my full review at: http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/06/grilled-pita-bread-from-fine-cooking.html

We loved this and I thought they were very easy to make, although required planning the morning of to make sure I had enough time. I used my stand-up mixer, instant yeast and our pancake griddle (we don't have a grill) set to 350-400 degrees. These were fabulous. I was able to make about 16 breads, not 10 as the recipe says, but the cooking and rising times were all the same as posted. They were an amazing addition to our meal: my toddlers, husband and guests all devoured them. Definitely worth the planning it takes to make them, especially if you have a mixer, enjoy making homemade breads and have a griddle or grill to finish the job. We will make these over and over!

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