I am on a total food detox after my (awesome!) Spring Break road trip. At the ripe old age of 22 I’m having a harder time tolerating even a few days of rich food/no vegetables/ lots of booze/ no sleep. I need to rebalance! So, I’m sticking to produce, brown rice, nuts, milk, and Greek yogurt for a bit.
Except then I found this recipe for pita bread.
But I’m detoxing!
But I want pita.
Okay, let’s try to make it with whole wheat flour, then.
1-1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water (warmed) to proof. Once you’re satisfied that your yeast is cooperating, combine the other ingredients in a bowl and then dump the yeast mixture on top. Mix into a dough. Knead until smooth, then leave in the bowl, covered, for an hour.
Preheat oven as hot as it will go– mine hits 500. Split the dough into eight pieces and roll them out into something like a circle (I can’t ever do it perfectly!) on a greased surface. Place the circles on a VERY well-greased cookie sheet (you’ll probably have to work in batches) and let them rest 15 minutes. Then put them in the bottom rack of the oven for a couple minutes, until they puff up. Move them to the middle rack for another minute until they brown in spots and look done to you. (The total cooking time is only like five minutes.)
According to the source of this recipe, the pitas can be stored in a Ziploc bag or airtight container, presumably at room temperature.
So now I need to find a recipe for hummus, right? Or falafel? What’s your favorite thing to put on a pita??