I know that some of you sweet people still have snow on the ground. But with our temperatures over 80 today, my mind is on summer!
My favorite summer meal is sandwiches--with the sandwich filling stuffed into Pita Bread! Pita is quite possibly one of the easiest yeast breads to make. I've been making it for years and we never tire of it.
This is my favorite recipe. Sometimes I do add a teaspoon of salt to the ingredients, but the original recipe does not call for it. The three ingredients listed are all there is to it.
1 tbsp. yeast
1 ¼ cup tepid water
3 to 4 cups whole wheat flour or ½ white ( I usually use only one cup of wheat flour in this recipe, but I have made it with all whole wheat and it works very well).
Dissolve yeast in tepid water. Stir in two cups of flour. Beat with 50 vigorous strokes to work up the gluten and add air.
Add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and can be kneaded.
Knead the dough in the bowl or on a floured board for about 10 minutes, adding flour if needed unto the dough is elastic and smooth and no longer sticks to your fingers.
Shape the dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter. I usually make 10 balls from this amount of dough. Flatten each ball on a lightly floured surface and with a rolling pin, roll each ball into an approximately 5 inch round, one quarter inch thick. The final size of the round may vary, just try to keep the thickness even and about ¼ inch.
Put on baking sheets and let rise 45 minutes or until slightly risen. Preheat over 500 degrees (must be very hot for bread to ’puff’). Turn the rounds upside down on to the baking sheet just before you put them in the oven.
Place baking sheet on oven rack and bake 5 minutes, or until they are well puffed. They will be hard when they first come out of the oven, but will soften as they cool. They’ll keep unfrozen 4-6 days, depending on the temperature, and can be frozen for 6 months.
NOTE: THERE IS NO FAT OR OIL IN THIS RECIPE.THERE IS NO SALT IN THIS RECIPE
I hope you try this sometime and enjoy the results!