I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pita Bread

Homemade pita bread is just plain awesome.   Far better than store bought.   Very easy to make, but it does take some time.   You have to let it rise for 2 1/2  hours before you can cook them.   I also prefer to use a cast iron pan to cook them.

(makes 8)

*2 1/2 teaspoons quick rising yeast
*1 cup warm water
*2 3/4 - 3 cups all purpose four
*2 tablespoons olive oil
*2 teaspoons salt
*1-2 tablespoons olive oil (for cooking pitas)

~In a mixing bowl, place warm water, yeast and 1 cup of flour.
~Whisk until mixture is smooth.
~Let stand for 20 minutes (mixture should foam up)
~Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and 1 3/4 cups flour.
~Mix until mixture comes together.
~Using a dough hook (or knead my hand), until the dough is soft, and slightly stick (about 5 minutes if using a dough hook).
~Lightly oil the inside of a large bowl.
~Form dough into a ball.
~Turn dough around in oiled bowl, so that all sides are slightly oiled.
~Place dough into bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
~All dough to rise and double in size, for 2 hours (this needs to be done in a draft free area.  I like to put it in the oven).
~Remove dough form bowl and place onto a floured surface.
~Pat dough into a flat shape about 1-inch thick.
~Cut into 8 equal pieces.
~Form each section of dough into a ball, pulling dough from sides and tucking under the ends underneath.
~Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray, and place oiled side down, gently over dough balls.
~Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
~Sprinkle a small amount of flour over a clean surface and top of each dough ball.
~Gently pat each dough ball down to make them flat.
~Let dough sit for 5 minutes.
~Brush a heavy skillet (I use cast iron) with olive oil.
~Heat pat over medium-high heat.
~Lay pita into hot skillet, can cook until bread begins to puff up and bottom has brown spots (around 2-3 minutes).
~Flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
~Flip once more and cook for another 30 seconds.
~Place cooked pita on a plate and cover with clean towel.

*If pitas start to brown, turn down the heat a little bit.

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