Thursday, February 2, 2012

Homemade Pita Bread

As of lunch today, I have made these successfully twice, so it is time to share.

Now, I am a bad blogger in that I forgot to take pictures of the first few steps.  So let's pretend that there is a picture of the ingredients

1 tablespoon yeast

1 ¼ cup warm water

1 teaspoon salt

3- 3 ½ cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water for about 5 minutes in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add salt and 1 ½ cups flour and with the dough hook, beat to make a batter. Add additional flour until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if it is too sticky.

And as it is mixing up, what "shaggy dough" looks like

HERE: Shaggy

Run it in the mixer for 8 minutes to knead it.  (or knead it by hand for 8 minutes-your choice)

Turn out on a floured (clean) counter.  And pull into 6-10 balls. 

Roll out to circles about 1/4 inch thick and let sit for 30 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of the dough resting, it will get a bit puffy.  Heat your oven to 425*

Flip your round pita upside down on cookie sheets or pizza pans, whatever you can find.  Put them in the oven and watch for the first 5 minutes.  OK, you don't HAVE to watch them, but it's a kick to watch them puff up like balloons!!

Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

Take out and make pita pocket sandwiches (I filled ours with chicken salad with grapes), or use with dip.  If you have any that make it to a day old, you can use them to make awesome little pita pizzas!
This picture taken by Boy


Niki said...

1. nice post
2. those look tasty
3. SHAGGY DOUGH! bwahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

more pictures as you go along next time please :-) i bet they were yummy