Monday, September 7, 2009

PITA BREAD

Pita bread made with a bread machine, what could be easier? The only trick is to roll them thin enough (I didn't roll my first batch thin enough and they were lofty little pillows, but bad minimal pockets). The thinner batch made perfect pocket pitas.

This was a quick fun project and the final results were delicious, you will never be happy with grocery store pita's again.


1 and 1/8 cups warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Put everything into the bread pan of your bread machine, select dough setting and start. Let dough going through first rise.

Turn dough out onto your floured counter. Knead dough a few times then divide into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. With a floured rolling pin, roll each ball out into a 6" circle (dough will be very thin). Lay circles on lightly floured surface and cover with a dry light-weight dish towel. Let it rest for 30 minutes or until slightly puffy.

In the meantime, heat your oven to 500 (yep! 500) and place a wire cake rack into your oven (set it right on the oven rack...no pan please). Gently lift a circle of dough and gently place it on the hot cake rack (bake 2 at a time). Bake for five minutes until they are super-puffed and lightly brown. Remove with spatula and place in a brown paper bag (I just used some lunch bags) and make sure you seal up the bag well (I used a chip clip to seal bags) and let the pita's cool in there. I don't know why this step is necessary, but that is what the recipe calls for. They will look like this:


 When they are cooled, you can split them open or cut off one end. We really enjoyed these and I will definitely make these again.


NOTE: I don't have a bread machine, so I just made the dough in my stand mixer and let it rise for about an hour.


9 comments:

Mary said...

Your bread is perfect!

Lara said...

That pita bread looks so much more appetizing than store bought pita bread. I'm printing this off.

I knew that Alaska receives almost nonstop sunlight in the summer, but I'd never pondered before how that would affect people's gardens. Fascinating!

Linda said...

That's some interesting info on the veggies!
Wow, homwmade pita. Sure doesn't look like the store bought stuff. We are blessed with a wonderful Lebanese bakery nearby that bakes every day....their bread is to die for, but to make your own....mmmm!

Heidi said...

This looks wonderful Coleen! I dont' have a bread machine either... we are behind times :)

Wandering Coyote said...

Man, that is A LOT of cabbage! Think of all the cabbage rolls he could get out of that!

Homemade pitas - excellent. I usually hate the ones they sell in stores - too cardboardy!

HoneyB said...

Hey, it just hit me as I read your statement about Alaska. One of our Grad students just moved out there!

I have never made pita bread but have been wanting to! Maybe I can do it some weekend soon! Looks great!

Carrie said...

Wow Coleen, impressive Pita's!! They look better than the ones I see at the supermarket! Now, I want to see what kind of delicious filling you put in your beautiful pitas!

Monica H said...

I've never been happy with store bought pitas, anyway. They look so pillowy and soft- yum!

I can't believe the weights on those veggies- that's incredible!

Katy ~ said...

I've made only "just okay" pita bread. This is gorgeous. I'm making your recipe next!