Friday, May 22, 2009

Extremely Frugal Pita Bread

Originally uploaded by Simply Frugal
It's a simple yeast bread, cooked hot and fast in a 500° F oven.

Pita Bread
Yeast 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Water 1 1/2 C
Flour 3 C
Salt 1 1/4 tsp

Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 C warm water. Let set 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.

Combine flour and salt, and make a well in the middle.

Pour yeast into well, and slowly add 1 C warm water. Knead 10-15 minutes.

Grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn once, leaving a thin film on top of dough ball. Cover with a damp towel, and let rise about 3 hours, until double in bulk.

Roll out a thick rope and cut into 12 small pieces. Roll into balls, and place on a floured surface to rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven and baking sheet to 500°

Roll dough out into circles 1/4 inch thick. Let proof for 10-15 minutes.

Bake 4 minutes until bread puffs up Turn over and bake 2 minutes longer. Remove with spatula and press down. Cool on rack with moist towel over them.

Don't roll the circles too thin; you'll end up with flatbread crackers that don't puff.


Sheila said...

I'm so glad you posted the pita recipe. I've been trying to do more Greek food and don't like to buy ready-made pitas. I like hummus dip also with these.

Simply Frugal said...

You'll want to try it with the Roman bean dip too.