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Homemade Pita Bread

So, I love pita chips and hummus, but hate spending so much on both.  I have successfully made hummus many times, so that cost has been lessened.  Today’s mission was to make homemade pita bread and have it be a success.

I found an awesome recipe online that was the perfect ticket.  The only modification I made was to use whole wheat flour instead of regular all purpose flour.

Homemade Pita Bread
Ingredients:
·         1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast
·         1/2 cup warm water
·         3 cups all purpose flour
·         1 1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1 teaspoon granulated sugar
·         1 cup lukewarm water
Preparation:
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 flour and pour yeast water in depression.

Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.

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 vegetable 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 500 deg F. and make sure rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to also preheat your baking sheet.

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.

Take spatula and gently push down puff. Immediately place in storage bags. 

One mistake some make is to knead it too much.  Don’t rely so much on the time it says, but on the texture and stickiness.  If it’s smooth and not sticky, it’s good.
Also, you may have to adjust baking time if you use a stoneware pan instead of a cookie sheet.  My stoneware pan broke, so I was stuck using cookie sheets.
When you’re done making the bread and it’s cooled a bit, you can make pita chips.  Just preheat the oven to 350.  Brush some olive oil on a couple of the pitas.  Season how you want.  Cut into 4ths or 8ths, whichever you prefer and place them on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 7 minutes or so and voila!
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About misscryssi

Welcome! I'm Cryssi. Designer, techie and mom of four children, grandmother to one beautiful little girl and one handsome grandson! I work outside the home and raise this wild brood in Iowa. I’m extraordinarily multi-talented. I can fix a car then head to the kitchen to make you the most delicious meal you've ever tasted! I'm supportive, honest, bold and outgoing.

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