Cath Claringbold’s pitta

These are great to wrap around salads and especially the Greek slow-roasted lamb featured in this blog! As long as you give it enough time to prove, the rest is easy. The dough can be frozen too – I drizzle a little olive oil into a plastic bag, pop the dough in & tie it tight with a little room to move. It only needs a couple of hours to defrost…

Recipe source Cath Claringbold, published in Good Weekend magazine July 2010
Makes 12 individual pittas


  • 1¼ cups tepid water
  • 1½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons caster sugar
  • 460g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl and leave in a warm spot for about 20 minutes or until the mixture foams.

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt, then make a well in the centre. Add the olive oil and the yeast mix, and combine. Work the dough until it comes together, then turn out onto a lightly floured bench and and knead for a few minutes until it becomes silky and smooth. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a towel and leave it to prove for 15-20 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Preheat the barbecue to medium or heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. (Note: I used a ridged cast iron skillet, worked a treat!)

Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each piece into a flat, thin, even disk about 16cm in diameter.

Brush a flat bread with olive oil and place it, oil side down, on the bars of the barbecue. Gently brush a little oil on top as well. In seconds, the bread will start to puff. After 20-25 seconds, flip it over and cook for 20 seconds more. Do not cook for too long or the bread will dry out and become crisp. Repeat with the remaining disks.

Stack the cooked breads and wrap them tightly in a clean tea towel or even cling wrap to keep them warm. Serve with yummy ingredients & roll up to eat!

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