Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Pita Bread

I have not tried this yet but since I did set up this blog to track recipes I've tried or want to try I'm posting this. Hopefully I'll get these made in the next few days and have a picture to post. I found this on a thread on the MDC boards.

Update: We made these for a greek dinner I served. I didn't roll them out thin enough as they were quite thick. The taste though was better than any store bought pita bread. I think these are perfect for sandwiches but they were a little too puffy to serve with the greek dinner I made.

2 cups warm water
3 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. honey
3 cups bread flour
2 cups wheat flour (I used graham)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. onion powder

Put the warm water into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the yeast, sugar, and honey. Let stand for 10 minutes until very foamy.

Meanwhile, sift together the bread flour & wheat flour with the salt & onion powder. When yeast mixture is ready, add 2 cups of the flour mixture and mix with paddle attachment until smooth. Gradually mix in the rest of the flour. Once it's all incorporated, beat for 3 minutes on medium speed, then switch to a dough hook (or turn out onto a board to do it by hand.)

Add up to another cup of bread flour, a tiny bit at a time, mixing with the dough hook, until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. Knead for another 5 minutes, then turn dough onto a board.

Roll dough into a ball. Cut into eight pieces and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500°F and dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. (I don't recommend a baking stone for this; you want it as hot as possible.

Dust your work surface with flour and roll each piece of dough into a nice round. They should look something like this:

Place rounds on baking sheet and put in oven on the lowest rack possible. Shut the door and do not open for three minutes, no matter what! If you peek, they won't "poof." You can check after 3 minutes, then continue baking to desired color is reached (the darker, the crispier; if you like your pitas softer, bake them for less time, obviously.) Cool on racks. Fill with your favorite goodies & enjoy!

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