Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pita Bread

2 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp dried yeast granules
1 tbsp oil
1-3 cups flour
extra oil
1 tsp salt

Combine sugar and warm water in a bowl and sprinkle yeast over the top. When frothy add oil.
If you have a microwave warm the flour in a bowl for approx 45 sec on high. Combine yeast mixture and flour and knead to an elastic dough which takes around 5 minutes.
Place dough in bowl and rub/spray with oil. Cover bowl and put in a warm place until doubled.
Preheat the oven to its highest temperature with an oiled baking tray inside (or use baking paper). Sprinkle risen dough with salt and knead thoroughly. Cut dough into 8 pieces and roll out into circles about 2-3mm thick. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. When pita dough has risen slightly slide them onto the hot baking tray (I use our big bbq fish slice) 2 at a time.
Bake 2-3 minutes until completely puffed up but only slightly golden. Slit the side of the pita with a sharp knife to release the steam and remove. Make a stack and leave to cool. Then freeze or use.

This is a really cheap lunch accessory - DP stuffs them full of homegrown salad, meat and relish to take to work. Its also good to haul out of the freezer for individual mini pizzas for kids lunches or dinner. Stuff a layer or garlic butter and cheese in your pita and grill til the cheese is melted - a delicious accompaniment to any meal Wink that sounded flash aye lol just make sure you roll them out to the right thickness and let them rise so they split properly!