Pita bread


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By Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

Published 2020

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Who put the pocket in the pita?

Pita is the Arab bread khubez adi (‘ordinary bread’) or khubez kimaaj (taken from the Turkish and translating as ‘bread cooked in the ashes’). Before indoor ovens became the norm, this ‘ordinary’ dough would be quickly rolled into an oval shape and then either thrown against the very hot inside walls of the outdoor oven or into the ashes of the direct flame itself. The intense heat of the flame, and its rapidly vaporising steam, then does the j