Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pita bread


Pita bread is simple and delicious. To me, it has this taste that's unforgetable and addicting. It's also easy to make! The process of making pita bread is hard work but its so rewarding. It's fun to mix the water, sugar, and yeast and watch it fertilize. It's fun to watch the dough rise in the oven. It's all so fun! Of course I recommend this recipe! I always have the ingredients on hand and it's just plain good. Even if you don't have a baking stone, it still tastes delicious.

Ingredients:
1 package (0.25 ounce) of yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teapsoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup lukewarm water

Directions:
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.
Combine flour and salt in large bowl. Make a small depression in the middle of lour and pur yeast water in depression.Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.
Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. When the dough is no longer stick and is smooth and elastic, it has been successfully kneaded.
Coat large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough in bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated.
Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size. Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10-12 small pieces. Place balls on floured surface. Let sit covered for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500 deg F. and make sure rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to preheat your baking sheet also. Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5-6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick. Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 minutes. Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and add additional pitas for baking.Take spatula and gently push down puff. Immediately place in storage bags.


-adapted from mideastfood.about.com-

13 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Love the new blog!! And the pitas :0)

HangryPants said...

Very delicious. I recently made my own wraps and was amazed at home simple it was. I will be trying these pitas.

Like the new blog name. :D

Barbara Bakes said...

Pitas sound like a fun project to make with my kids. I'll have to give it a try.

Snooky doodle said...

yummy i love pitta bread. I ll try this recipe.

Kelly said...

Congrats on the move. I can fully understand being limited by a certain subject matter. It's something I struggled with when I decided to start a blog because I know that some of the most successful blogs are those that are quite focused and have a point of view, but at the end of the day I decided to keep mine general because I am still learnign and want to blog what makes me happy.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I <333 pita bread!

Cate said...

I've only made pita bread once...this reminds me I really need to make it again! YUM!

Katie said...

Oh, thanks! These will fit in well in my budget meal planning, LOL

Candy said...

I've never made pitas! Looks interesting.

Emiline said...

I've never made pita bread either. I've got to try it!
They look perfect.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I would never have thought of making my own pitas...very unique.

Shalum said...

i love pitas too!:)

Gette said...

Thanks for your concern in my hamster. She is doing great.

I like your blog-- and I didn't know yeast was used in pita. They look really good!