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Pita Bread

Submitted by Anne Marie.


I signed up to make the pita bread in the bread section of Nick Malgieri’s The Modern Baker for the Modern Baker Challenge. I have made these pitas four times, but blogging has been the real challenge.

It is the same excuse every time. I make these for dinner, I get picture of the process up to the end product. By the time we pull them out of the oven, I am putting things on the table. We sit, we laugh, we eat…. We eat them all before I photograph them.

Today I decided to make these while I was alone in the house. Emily and Tom had to go to school early this morning for a mandatory meeting on going to college. No one was thrilled to leave the house on a Saturday morning. Maybe fresh pitas for lunch will perk them up.

This is an easy recipe. The mis en place consists of flour, salt, warm water, olive oil and yeast.

The salt and flour are combined, the yeast is mixed into the water and then the olive oil is added. The liquids are combined with the flour for two minutes and then the dough rests for 10 mins.

The dough is kneaded for a few minutes, allowed to double then divided into 12 pieces.

The pieces rest and then are rolled into rounds.

The rounds rest and then are baked. I’ve made a batch of hummus and some tzatziki and everything is ready for lunch.

I find that I need to add an extra 1/4 cup of flour to this recipe. I also find that sometimes my pitas puff and sometimes they don’t. I don’t exactly know why. But this recipe is a keeper.

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1. Kayte - October 13, 2010

Okay, here it is, my last bread for this section and I made them all! Here’s my Pita http://grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com/grandmas_kitchen_table/2010/10/modern-baker-pita-bread.html

2. Anne Marie - September 11, 2010

My post is up. I have found in the four times that I have made them, that I need an extra 1/4 cup of flour.

http://rosemarygarlicgarden.blogspot.com/2010/09/pita-bread-modern-baker.html

3. ap269 - August 6, 2010

Here’s my take on the Pita bread. It was delicious, even though shaping them was terrible! This was an extremely sticky dough! http://ap269.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/the-modern-baker-challenge-breads-%e2%80%93-pita-bread/

4. Anne Marie - July 29, 2010

I’ve done them twice already and they are delicious. I just need time to blog!

5. gaaarp - July 29, 2010
6. gaaarp - July 23, 2010
7. gaaarp - July 17, 2010

My first attempt at this pita bread was an epic fail. I tried stacking the rolled out pitas between wax paper (no flour — doh), and they all stuck. The two that were still on the Silpat made it into to oven but folded over coming off the peel.

I’m going to do them again, this time with plenty of flour on the rolled dough and peel.

gaaarp - July 18, 2010

My second and third attempts went much better. Both batches came out great. We had pita wedges with hummus and baba ganoush for lunch today, and we’re going to use them for gyros for dinner tomorrow.


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