Pitta Breads (Black)


We were planning a Gothic Style Hogmany this year and part of my menu required pitta breads for my chilli, and the only decision that was easy was they had to be black. They turned out rather good I have to say, it creates a great visual and talking point at the table, so here is the recipe.

Makes 12

7g dried yeast packet

300ml warm water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

250g plain flour

250g wholemeal flour

3 tbsps activated charcoal powder


  1. Mix the yeast and water together and leave to stand until frothy (about 10 mins), then add the oil
  2. Sieve the flours into a mixing bowl with the charcoal powder and salt then mix.
  3. Slowly add the wet mixture and knead for about 10 mins (preferably in a mixer using the dough hook)
  4. Cover and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx 2-3 hrs)
  5. Preheat your oven to 230 deg and heat either a pizza stone or flat baking tray
  6. Once proved punch the dough down and divide into 12 pieces, allow to prove for a further 30 mins-1hr
  7. Roll out each piece to about 1cm thick and cover with a damp tea towel until ready to bake
  8. Place each piece onto the preheated tray or stone and allow to puff up in oven, this should take about 3-5 minutes depending on size and thickness.
  9. Remove and allow to cool then gently let out the hot air.
  10. Ready to serve. Yummy!

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