Sunday, March 18, 2012

Homemade Pita Bread

This recipe is quickly going to be a staple in my house! Annie's Eats has a great recipe, but I made a couple small changes to it for mine.

You will need:
  • 1 pkt Active Dry Yeast (1/4 warm water)
  • 3-4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Here are your ingredients, also water.

Run some warm-hot water. The yeast instructions say 110 degrees, so I used water warmer than my body/temp. Use 1/4 cup and add your yeast packet. Let is rise for 10 minutes. It will be foamy and have risen.

Put 3 cups of flour into your bowl. 

Add your 1 1/2 tsp salt and a squirt of honey. Add the 2 tablespoons olive oil and the yeast. Mix these ingredients together.

Now add your water. The original recipe called for more water, but I already had some water in to activate my yeast, so I only used 1 cup.

This part of the recipe depends on if you have a stand mixer or not. If using a mixer, use a dough hook on low and mix for 10 minutes. If not, hand knead the dough for about 10 minutes. 

As it is mixing or as you are kneading, keep adding flour until the dough pulls off the edge of the bowl or until it isn't sticky. I added a lot of those small scoops of flour, so don't be nervous. Just keep adding until it is forming a ball.

 When the dough has formed a ball, grease a bowl and rolls the dough around so it is coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 90 minutes. It should be almost doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 individual balls. Cover with a damp towel and let rise another 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. You need to warm up a pizza stone or large cookie sheet with the oven, while it preheats.  After the 20 min. rise time stretch/roll the dough into circles.

They won't be perfectly shaped, but they will taste great! 

Place the pita dough on the heated stone/pan and bake for 3-5 minutes. When they start to puff up they are done. Watch them, you don't want them to get too crispy!

Like I said, I LOVE THESE! They take a little pre-prep time, but they are worth it! These 8 will last us about a week depending on what we eat! So far I have made gyros with them, heated with cheese on top, and made indiv. buffalo chicken pizzas on them! =)  ENJOY!

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