Saturday, January 05, 2008

I Made It From Scratch....I might be getting good at this.

The other day I went to the grocery store without a list. I know, bad idea. Of course, I forgot several things. One of the items was Pita Bread. I needed it for a meal I had planned. Since it was a very busy week I and I never made it back to the grocery store, I decided to make it from scratch. It turned out okay. I think it needed a little more salt. No one complained. Here are the pics and the recipe.

Elise helped roll out the dough. She likes to eat flour too (note the evidence on her face.)

This is what they looked like after the rolling out process.

Fresh out of the oven. Only some of them puffed up but all of them had a pocket...how the heck does that happen???

Hey, I was just following the recipe. It says to soften them in a paper bag but it doesn't give a length of time. I waited 10 minutes....note to self - not long enough.

I chopped up some veggies and part of a chicken I stretched this week - added a few seasonings and cooked. (Like my new pan???)


Pocket Proof

There's my boy...loving the "dough" (that is what he called the pitas).

Wait, she doesn't have anything to do with pitas! But she's cute and I wanted you to see her.

Pita Recipe from Allrecipes.com
  • 1 1/8 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  1. Place all ingredients in bread pan of your bread machine, select Dough setting and start. When dough has risen long enough, machine will beep.
  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope. With a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each into a smooth ball. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 to 7 inch circle. Set aside on a lightly floured countertop. cover with a towel. Let pitas rise about 30 minutes until slightly puffy.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cake rack. Place cake rack directly on oven rack. Bake pitas 4 to 5 minutes until puffed and tops begin to brown. Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp kitchen towel until soft. Once pitas a softened, either cut in half or split top edge for half or whole pitas. They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.

3 comments:

Stephanie said...

Wow I'm impressed. I bet they tasted so much better than the store version. I'm going to have to try that!

isunshine said...

Those do look very good. I am a TERRIBLE baker though. Has anyone told you that Elise kind of looks like Indy? And Miss Avery is just adorable!

Kim said...

Cute baby!

I'll try those tomorrow, I hadn't thought about making my own :)