Monday, August 03, 2009

Pita Bread

Last September I started baking our own sandwich bread. I kinda set a goal for myself to bake all our own bread and also try making pita pockets, English Muffins and tortillas. You saw the tortilla post, so here's my pita bread. It didn't really "puff" into pockets, but was thick enough to cut a serviceable slit in most of them. They tasted great! I will definitely try this again.

Pita Bread

3 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 c water
2 tbsp vegetable oil

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Knead the dough with dough hook for 5 minutes until it's smooth. Place dough in greased bowl and let rest for 1 hour.

Turn dough out onto oiled work surface and divide into eight pieces. Roll 2-4 of the pieces into 6 inch circles and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Let rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place baking sheet on lowest rack and bake for 5 minutes. Then place on middle rack and back additional 2 minutes, or until brown.

Remove pitas from oven and wrap in clean towel to keep them soft. Repeat with remaining dough. Store pitas in airtight plastic bag.

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