Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pita Bread

Well today was my first try at Pita Bread.  It was fun, my daughter helped out and we had a blast.  We sat in front of the oven watching it "poof" up!  I just made it plain, but next time I think I might flavor up the bread with some herbs and maybe some garlic...yumm! This will be for dinner along with the chicken salad she helped me make too.  She is going to be a little cooker she says...children are a delight!

1 1/8 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

1. Place all ingredients in bread pan of your bread machine, select Dough setting and start. When dough has risen long enough, machine will beep.
2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope. With a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each into a smooth ball. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 to 7 inch circle. Set aside on a lightly floured countertop. cover with a towel. Let pitas rise about 30 minutes until slightly puffy.
3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cake rack. Place cake rack directly on oven rack. Bake pitas 4 to 5 minutes until puffed and tops begin to brown. Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp kitchen towel until soft. Once pitas are  softened, either cut in half. They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.

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