Family Classics episode. One of the places visited, Cafe Pita, is a Bosnian restaurant in Houston. The chef baked a pita-like bread called lepinja; I say pita-like as the shape was similar, but the interior seemed both pillowy and craggy. Unfortunately, the chef didn't make the lepinja on air, so no recipe. Intrigued, I began to search and search and search some more, but never found a conclusive recipe. I decided to experiment and pieced together my own recipe, and I am incredibly pleased with the results - pillowy and craggy, just as I wanted. It was the perfect accompaniment to my hummus.
4 cups bread flour
1 1/4 cups warm milk, divided (110 degrees)
2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons canola oil +1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, combine 1/4 cup warm milk, yeast, and honey; let stand until foamy, about 15 minutes. Measure 4 cups flour in a medium-sized bowl, add salt and baking powder and give it a few turns with a whisk or fork. Measure 1/2 cup milk and add 2 tablespoons canola oil. With the mixer on low, add the flour to the yeast mixture. Slowly pour in the milk and oil mixture. Pour in the remaining milk and mix until the dough clears the bottom of the bowl. Switch to dough hook, and knead for 8 minutes. Remove dough, form into ball, and add 1 teaspoon oil to the same bowl. Return dough to bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Place in warm spot and allow dough to rise, about 1 hour. Punch down dough, recover and allow to raise for 1 hour. Turn dough out onto well-floured area, and cut into 8 equal pieces. Shape into balls, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes. Using your fingertips, press balls of dough into pita-like shape, about 5-6" in diameter. Place onto well-greased or parchment lined baking sheet, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Bake lepinjas for 5-8 minutes, or until puffed and light golden (internal temperature of 205-210 degrees). Remove from pan and keep covered with a cloth. Once cool, store in plastic bag.