Pita bread is a round, wheat flour bread that often has a hollow interior known as a pocket. According to archaeologists, it originated in the Mediterranean.
History has it that the pita bread originated from the Bedouins. According to this story, the bedouins were traveling for a long time and decided to try a new meal. They made use of powdered grain and water to form flat round doughs before being baked over an open fire. The bread served as a form of food, as well as an utensil.
Is Pita gluten-free?
Gluten isn’t a concern for you if you do not have celiac disease, otherwise, then you should avoid it altogether. You know that pillowy, light texture of classic pita bread? That’s the gluten doing its work right there.
So, is Pita bread gluten-free? Most of the time, it isn’t, and this is because it is made with wheat flour; a major source of gluten.
Gluten is found in grains, wheat, barley, and rye. Since Pita is made from wheat then, traditionally made pita bread contains gluten.
Where can I buy Gluten-free Pita?
If you prefer to save yourself some time rather than making your gluten-free bread, then you can always get them at stores or order them online.
The ones you will get are usually stone-baked bread and made in a stone fire oven. This makes them taste so good and authentic. You can open them into a pocket and fill them with any filling you desire.
They are dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free with no added sugar. Every day could be Christmas with this gluten-free pita bread.
How do I make Gluten Free Pita Bread?
Knowing that you can create your own gluten-free Pita bread comes with a lot of satisfaction. How about knowing that you can also create one that is also yeast-free? Wow, that sounds like everything you have always wanted, right?
So, let’s just do it.
Gluten-Free Pita Bread
- 1 3/4 Cup All-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1 Tbs Xanthan gum (Omit if your blend already contains it)
- 1/4 Cup Expandex modified tapioca starch
- 1 1/2 Tbs Baking powder
- 1 Tbs Kosher salt
- 1 Tbs Vegetable or Canola oil
- 1 50g 1 egg (50 g, weighed out of shell) + 1 egg white (25 g), at room temperature
- 3/4 Cup (6 fluid ounces) milk, at room temperature
- Start by preheating the oven over 400° F. You can place a pizza stone or a rimmed baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the flour, xanthan gum, Expandex, baking powder, and salt. Mix all
- Whisk the oil, egg, milk, yogurt, and coconut oil. Quickly heat in a microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients into a dough. The dough needs to be thick.
- Turn the dough out on a light floured surface. Sprinkle it with flour
- Divide dough into 8 equal parts with a knife
- Roll each into a ball by rotating in a circular motion on a lightly floured surface
- Pat each ball into a disk. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a circxel which could be less than 1/4 inch thick.
- Place the pressed dough cookies on a cooking sheet.
- Place the dough on the the parchment in the oven (On top of the baking stone or overturned baking sheet) and allow to bake for 2 minutes.
- Step 11: Open the oven and flip the pita. Allow to bake for another minute before flipping.
- Step 12: Bake until it puffs and turns pale golden on top.Allow to cool for few minutes before serving.
Tips for making Gluten-Free Pita bread
Don’t expect a perfect pop
This recipe isn’t done the traditional way, this means no wheat, no flour, or any additives to give your pita bread a raise. This simply means the pita isn’t going to pop to create a perfect pocket.
They may crack along the edges
Don’t be surprised when they begin to crack along the edges as they pop, since the gluten flour is what makes their shell strong enough to prevent cracking.
They don’t need to stay long
Your pita bread doesn’t need to stay long in the oven, so you should quickly flip from one side to the other as soon as they turn slightly brown.
Use enough egg whites
The egg whites help to balance the moisture as well as helping the bread to rise.
Fun ways to eat gluten-free pita bread
Simply spread the peanut butter inside the pocket 😍. You can also microwave for about 15-20 seconds if you want it more.
Make into a sandwich
Spice things up a little by making them into a sandwich. Include your favorite salads and veggies.