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Jewish Recipes --> Recipes --> Kosher Recipes --> Israeli Recipes -- Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread
Adapted from Saad Fayed
Recipe Ingredients:
  •  3 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105 degrees Fahrenheit)
Mix the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and let stand for 15 minutes. Add the flour and salt. Mix everything together. Sprinkle some flour on your kitchen counter, and turn the dough out onto it. Knead the dough with your hands for about 15 minutes. Oil a bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in bowl, turning it over to coat it with oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Let it rest in a warm place, away from drafts for 3 hours.

Preheat your oven and cookie sheet to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take out the dough and roll it into a thick rope. Slice it into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and then flatten it with a rolling pin.

To bake, place each disc of dough on the hot cookie sheet. Let it sit in the oven for 4 minutes. Flip it over and let it bake for another 2 minutes. When you remove it, the pita bread will be puffed up.

Round Flatbreads

Saying the blessing over a challah is a tradition acquired in Germany, which spread to all of the Eastern European Jewish communities. In the Sephardic tradition, the blessing over the bread is chanted over flatbreads. The round shape of the flatbread connotes the same symbols as the round shape of the Rosh Hashanah challah. It symbolizes the never-ending circle of life and the yearly cycle. It helps us express our wish for a good year, which will bring blessings, peace, prosperity, and sweetness. Twelve flatbreads are baked and arranged in the same pattern as the showbread used in the Temple. The two flatbreads on the top are held together for the blessing. Many use Homemade Pita Bread for this blessing.

“Baruch ata Adonai
Eloeinu melech haolam
Ha motzi lechem min haaretz.”

“Blessed are you God, King of the Universe,
Who brings forth bread from the earth.”

 
Pita Bread -- Rosh HaShanah
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