- Preparation and cooking time
- plus 1 hr rising
- Makes 8
- 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
- 200ml milk
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for proving and brushing
- STEP 1
A few hours before you want to eat, make the dough. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, thyme, if using, and 2 tsp salt in a bowl with your fingertips. Pour over the milk, olive oil and 100ml lukewarm water and, still using your fingers, combine to make a dough. Tip onto a work surface and knead for 8-10 mins (or blitz in a stand mixer for 5 mins). Clean, then lightly oil a bowl, put the dough in the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise for 1 hr or until nearly doubled in size. If you want to give yourself more time, the dough will take longer to rise in the fridge (at least 2 hrs).
- STEP 2
Divide the dough into eight equal pieces. One at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll out to circles about 20cm wide, then brush with a little more olive oil and cook on the hot side of the barbecue for 2-3 mins on each side until puffed up and blistered. Alternatively, heat a frying pan or griddle (or two if you can) over a medium-high heat and cook, one by one in each pan, until bubbles appear on the surface after 1-2 mins. When the underside is golden, flip and cook for another 2-3 mins. Continue until all the pittas are cooked, wrapping them in foil as you go to keep warm.