Pita Bread, an Afternoon in the Life of a Boring Baker

by Girl Gone Domestic

My kids love homemade pita bread.  I am by no means an expert, but I do get by with making my own.  Its a little time consuming but the end result is chewy, warm pockets you can fill with anything from chicken salad to peanut butter and honey.  My kids gobble it up plain! So here they are start to finish…

Pita Bread

1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast

1/2 cup warm water

3 cups organic, unbleached all purpose flour (sometimes I use organic white wheat flour)

1 1/4 teaspoon  sea salt

1 teaspoon organic evaporated cane juice crystals

1 cup lukewarm water

 

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 pour yeast water in depression.

Slowly add 1/2 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula, adding more water by the tablespoon as needed until slightly sticky dough is formed.

Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it has been successfully kneaded. 

Coat large bowl with 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 450 º and make sure rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to preheat your baking sheet or pizza stone 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.

 

 

Like I said it is a bit of a process, so make sure the kids have something to do.  It can be boring for the onlooker, as Benny shows here.  It appears I am a boring baker, sure hope you guys don’t think so. ;)

 

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