As a food lover and avid traveller, I have had my fair share of different types of bread around the world. But pita bread has always stood out to me for its versatility and delicious taste. From a classic Greek gyro to a modern avocado toast pita sandwich, pita bread can be used in so many different ways to create a variety of tasty dishes. In this article, I will take you on a journey through the history, types, and uses of this beloved bread.
Introduction to Pita Bread
Pita bread, also known as Arabic bread, Syrian bread, or pocket bread, is a round flatbread that is typically made from wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. Its unique feature is the pocket that forms when baked, making it perfect for stuffing with all sorts of fillings. Pita bread is a staple in many Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and North African cuisines and has gained popularity worldwide due to its versatility and delicious taste.
History of the Pita
The origins of pita bread can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to make a similar type of bread, called "esh," using a baking method that involved placing the dough on hot stones. The Greeks also had a similar bread called "pita," meaning flatbread. Pita bread became especially popular in the Middle East, where it is still a staple today.
Types of Pita Bread
There are several types of pita bread, each with its own unique taste and texture. The most common type is white pita bread made from wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. This type of pita bread is often soft and chewy, with a mild flavour that pairs well with various fillings. Wholemeal pita bread is another popular type, made from wholemeal flour. Wholemeal pitas have a denser texture and nuttier flavour. You can also find flavoured pita bread, such as garlic and herb, which add an extra layer of flavour to sandwiches and dips.
Differences between Pita Bread and other types of bread
One of the main differences between pita bread and other types of bread is the pocket that forms when it is baked. This pocket makes pita bread perfect for stuffing with fillings, which is not possible with other types of bread. Pita bread also has a unique texture, which is soft and chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. This texture makes it perfect for dipping in sauces, spreads, and dips, which is not possible with other types of bread.
Pita Bread sandwich ideas - traditional and modern
Pita bread sandwiches are a popular choice for lunch or a quick snack. Traditional pita bread sandwiches include falafel, shawarma, and gyro, which are filled with grilled meat, vegetables, and hummus. Modern pita bread sandwiches include avocado toast, chicken Caesar, and Caprese, made with fillings such as avocado, chicken, and mozzarella. Pita bread sandwiches are a great way to experiment with different fillings and ingredients. The possibilities are endless.
Pita Bread Pizza
Pita bread can also be used as a base for pizza, a quick and easy option for a weeknight dinner. To make pita bread pizza, top a pita bread with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives. Bake in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy. Pita bread pizza is a fun and delicious alternative to traditional pizza, and is perfect for kids and adults alike.
Dips and spreads - Hummus, Tzatziki, Baba Ganoush
Pita bread is not only used as a base for sandwiches and pizza but also as a vehicle for dips and spreads. Hummus, Tzatziki, and Baba Ganoush are some of the most popular dips and spreads that pair well with pita bread. Hummus is a chickpea-based dip flavoured with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Tzatziki is a yoghurt-based dip with cucumber, garlic, dill, and lemon juice. Baba Ganoush is a smoky eggplant dip with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. All of these dips are delicious with pita bread and make for great appetizers and snacks.
Where to find the best Pita Bread near me
If you're looking for the best pita bread near you, we do suggest you order through our website. You will find options in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants, and if you check out our suppliers' page, there are local stores and markets in Sussex which sell our pitas and produce. Our products are very high quality, totally vegan and ideal for freezing. They are easy to defrost and take seconds, or you can warm them up in the oven, under the grill or even use your toaster. Our pitas are 100% free from preservatives and additives.
Tips for Making Homemade Pita Bread
If you're feeling adventurous, you can also try making pita bread at home. Homemade pita bread is easy to make, but we are reasonably sure it won't taste as soft and fluffy as the Mamoosh pitas. However, it will be a satisfying project that is certain to impress your family and friends.
The delicious option
Pita bread is a versatile and delicious option for any meal. Whether you're making a traditional gyro, a modern avocado toast sandwich, or a quick pita bread pizza, pita bread can be used in so many different ways to create a variety of tasty dishes. Pita bread is also perfect for dipping in sauces, spreads, and dips and is an excellent option for a quick snack or appetizer. So next time you're feeling peckish, make sure you have some Mamoosh pittas ready in the freezer.