Ah, the bread machine. I hadn't made any bread that day, and I had no concrete plans for dinner. What's a girl to do??
|~how to prepare and bake the perfect loaf~|
I have been slowly making my way through this fabulous book (of my mom's). Yes, I have my favorite bread recipe, but I like finding something new, something *different*, every once in a while.
I decided on Pita Bread. They looked easy & fairly quick (I needed dinner for that night!).
1 c. warm water
1 Tb. olive oil
3 c. unbleached white bread flour (I used all-purpose)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. rapid-rise active dry yeast (um, I used my regular ol' dry yeast)
Basically, you just put it all in, let the dough cycle run, pull out the dough onto a floured surface & separate it into 6-10 pieces (depending on how big you want your pitas - we did 8 pieces and it seemed a good size).
Roll each piece into a ball -then cover it with oiled plastic wrap, letting it rest for 10 min.
Preheat oven to 450, preheat pans in oven (I forgot to preheat my pans - it still worked fine).
Roll each piece (round or oval) to 1/4in. thick, sprinkle with flour, cover with oiled plastic wrap, rest for 10 min.
Place pitas on pans & bake for 5-6 min, 'till puffed up & lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Serve w/ dips or soup ~ or split them in half and stuff the pockets with veggies, meat and/or cheese filling!!
**Like I said, I forgot to preheat my pans. Once I shaped & floured each one, I placed them on the baking sheets and let them rest for 10 min - they rose a bit right there on the pan. If I would have transfered the pitas after that last 10 min. rest, it would have deflated them a bit. Next time I'll try it like the directions say (novel concept, I know).
Eight pitas was just enough for Dean & I, our five lil' ones & my mom. Next time, I'll make more for leftovers. They were soft, slightly sweet & oh, so delicious! I ate a whole pita with egg salad - but that turned out to be too much for my new eating plan - so in the future, a half a pita is plenty.
The kiddos ate all of theirs though - they loved 'em! My 2 picky eaters had pb&j, while Tali & Elijah ate up some "Tomato Salad" (um, just garden tomatoes, S&P, plus spinach). Micah ate a lil' of each. Dean ate his with deli meat & cheese and agreed this recipe was a keeper!
They were easy & yummy ~ give it a try!