Paul Hollywood's Wholemeal pitta breads

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes + proving
  • Cooking time: 5-7 minutes
  • Total time: 27 minutes + proving

Makes: 6


125g strong white bread flour
125g wholemeal flour
1 tsp salt
1½ tsp instant yeast
2 tsp olive oil
160ml cool water
Extra flour for dusting


1. Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the salt to one side of the bowl and the yeast to the other. Add the oil and 120ml of the water. Use the fingers of one hand to mix the ingredients together. Add the remaining water a little at a time until you have a soft, sticky dough and all the flour is incorporated.  You may not need all the water.

2. Oil a clean work surface. Tip the dough onto the oil and knead the dough. Continue kneading for 5-10 minutes. The dough will become less sticky and feel smooth and silky when ready. Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover until the dough has doubled in size. This will take between 1-3 hours.

3. Heat your oven to 220C, gas mark 7 and place a bakestone or baking tray in the centre to heat up.

4. Dust the work surface with flour. Tip the dough onto it and knock back the dough until it is smooth. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each one into a ball. Flatten each ball with your fingertips, then roll into an oval, 5mm-1cm thick.

5. Take the hot tray out of the oven, dust with flour and lay the pittas on them. Bake for 5- 10 minutes until the breads puff up and just begin to take on hint of colour.

6. Wrap the pittas in a cloth, to trap the steam and keep them soft, and leave to cool. They are best eaten on the same day.

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