Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pita- Hummus's BFF

My daughter eats hummus with a spoon. There I said it. So glad I got that off my chest. The triplets love hummus, which is great, but they eat it by the spoonful. I tried giving them carrots, but all they did was double dip. I tried store bought pita bread, but ug that stuff is like cardboard. Have you ever been to a restaurant that actually makes there own pita bread? I am reminded of a restaurant in my hometown that had its own wood burning stove and would make the pita fresh for your order. So, here is my try. Um, next time I need to make a double batch, this was delish.....

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 packet instant yeast
1 1/2 cups water at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix the yeast in with the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the olive oil and 1 1/4 cup water all to your mixer. I mixed it all with my paddle attachment for about 2 minutes. Once it was all mixed together, I switched to my dough hook attachment and let it go on medium speed for 5 minutes. place it in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil. Form a ball out of the dough and place it into the bowl, rolling the ball of dough around in the bowl so that it has a light coat of oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size. This took about an hour.
Now, punch down the dough (gosh, I love doing that). Now divide the dough into 8 or 10 different pieces (depending on how big you want your pitas). Cover, and let the balls rest for about 20 minutes.

After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick – 6 inches in diameter.

Place discs on a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise, until barely doubled in thickness, about 30-45 minutes.
Now, bake each tray at 450 degrees. My pitas took about 5 minutes per tray. Um, 8 giant pitas.
I had mine with hummus and tabbouleh (must work on making my own hummus)
But, baby B (the muffin) was happy just to munch on some plain pita warm out of the oven, yum.


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  2. I'm really enjoying looking around your blog. Your kiddos are so cute and I can totally relate to the hummus thing, my daughter eats it by the spoonful too. The pita looks amazing, I can't wait to try it. I posted a recipe a few weeks ago for hummus on my blog if you want to check it out. Thanks for such a fun read!