Wonderful Whole Wheat Pitas

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Eggplant and Tomato HarvestThe tomatoes and eggplants are starting to get ready for harvest.  Every year, the first thing that I make with them is Iman Byaldi.  I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow.  It’s stuffed eggplant that has baked and is absolutely heavenly.  I always make pita bread to go with this.  Homemade pita is so much better than what you can possibly get at a store.

For years, I had been looking for a good pita recipe.  I didn’t have much luck until I came across this one on The Happy Housewife website.  It’s the best pita I have ever had.  And it comes out perfectly every time I make it.  Which is pretty good since I make it about 1 or 2 times a month for over a year!.  So good!   The dough part of the recipe can be made in a bread machine which I like.  And she has a Zojirushi bread machine.  I have had the same one for about 7 years.  I use it almost everyday.  My kind of baker!  Please check out her website:

thehappyhomemaker.com

Here are some photos I took yesterday and the recipe

Pita Bread DoughIngredients
  • 3 cups flour (used whole wheat)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1¼ to 1½ cups water, roughly at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to your bread machine as directed in the manual. For my machine I add all the wet ingredients first and then the dry ingredients, adding the yeast last.
  2. Set your machine to the dough setting.
  3. Rolling Out Pita BreadAfter the machine has finished the dough cycle your dough is ready to be shaped into balls. I actually doubled this recipe, so I have twice as much dough in my machine as the recipe would normally make.
  4. Take your dough and divide it into eight pieces and roll with your hands into balls. They will be roughly the size of a racquetball.
  5. Cover with a damp towel and let them rest for about 20 minutes.
  6. While the dough is resting preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make sure whatever you will be baking your pitas on is in the oven during the preheat cycle. You want to put your pitas on a hot surface when you are ready to bake them.
  7. After 20 minutes roll out the balls into circles.
  8. Baking Pita BreadPlace pitas on the hot stone or cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes.
  9. The pitas will puff up in the oven while baking.

 

As I said, this recipe turns out great every time I make it!
Enjoy!
Marcey
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