My inspiration for this week's 'Make It Yourself' project came from (where else) Pinterest. I found a crazy-easy recipe for Pita Bread. We LOVE eating pitas over here, so there was no way I could pass by this recipe without giving it a try. The original recipe comes from Under the High Chair, and you can check out the pin on my 'Food - Yum' Board on Pinterest.
So like I said, the recipe is pretty darn easy. I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook.
- Dissolve 1 Tablespoon of yeast in 1 1/4 cups of warm water for about 5 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 cups of flour then knead with hood for a few minutes until a batter forms.
- Add 2 more cups of flour and knead for about 8 minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky.
- Turn dough into a lightly floured surface and divide into the number of pitas you would like. I wanted 8, but somehow I ended up with an extra one...
- Roll each into 1/4 thickness. Try to make the thicknesses as uniform as possible...that's where I went a little wrong. I may or may not have been rushing.
- Let rest for about half an hour until they puff up slightly. The picture below shows the 'puffed' pita dough.
- Place on cookie sheets in 425 deg. pre-heated oven. Watch them puff! They will take about 10 minutes in the oven. Check out the puffing after about 5 minutes...
Here are a couple of pics of the finished products. They didn't all puff up like they were supposed to, but they were still delicious!
My only complaint is they were a little too crisp to stuff. They would have been excellent to use with a dip, but unfortunately I had this whole chicken pita dinner thing planned. We managed anyways and I would definitely make them again. Next time I'll take them out of the oven sooner in hopes of a softer pita.
I forgot to check on the price of a package of pitas. I think they are usually anywhere from $3 - $5 depending on the brand, size and number of pitas. This recipe is dirt cheap to make if you're buying your ingredients in bulk (and even if you're not). I used a mere fraction of my flour, salt and yeast supply for 1 dinner's worth of pitas. Definitely worth making these!!
Now for something completely different....
Here's a look at Princess Ella during dress up time. Please note: she is wearing two princess costumes (one on top of the other), a tiara, gloves, a pearl bracelet and a flower purse. Despite this wonderful costume, all she wanted were some dress-up shoes. 'Where are the dress-up shoes' she kept asking, just like she'd lost her best friend. I have to say, I felt her pain. When I was younger, I would have killed for those amazing 'high heel' dress up shoes they make for little girls. I knew so many other kids that had them, and they really would have enhanced my dress-up collection.
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