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Zola Blue Here Are The Pita Recipes I Use

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Zola Blue Here Are The Pita Recipes I Use

Hi ZB I didn't want to threadjack on the firm starter thread. Here are the two recipes I use. I love the sourdough one the most but sometimes I get hungry for pitas and I don't plan far enough ahead, so I just make regular yeasted ones.

I found this sourdough recipe at Randy's Vegetarian Cookbook http://www.nanday.com/cookbook/45.php . I haven't looked at the rest of this site but I like this recipe quite alot. It only makes a small amount so I make 12 at a time. It is convenient though because you can try only making 3 or 6.

Sourdough Pita Bread
By Randy - Randy's Vegetarian Cookbook
Yields 3 - 7" pita breads

1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
 
1/2 cup additional flour (approximately)

Makes 3-4 Pitas

Mix sourdough starter with next four ingredients, mixing/kneading well. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Add additional flour. Knead well. Divide dough into three equal parts. Form each into a smooth round ball. Roll each ball to 1/2 inch thickness. Place on nonstick baking sheets and let rise.

Preheat oven to 475°F. The high temperature helps the pockets form. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until puffed up and just starting to turn light brown.

Blue Zebra NOTE: I cooked these at 500 degrees for only about 3-4 minutes. I like mine moister than most. Ten minutes as the recipe states will most likely be wayyyyy too long!

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Blue Zebra’s Pita Bread
Adapted From the Garvick’s Recipe at http://www.garvick.com/recipes99m/2-pita-bread.htm
Yield 12 Pita Breads

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c  Warm water
2 tsp Honey or 1 tsp Sugar
3 1/2 t  Active dry yeast
1-1/2 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 c  Whole Wheat Flour
5 c All Purpose Flour
 
Method:
Place ¼ c. of warm water and honey in large bowl and stir to dissolve honey. Add yeast and stir to combine. Let yeast proof for 10 minutes until  bubbly.

In separate bowl, mix salt and flours. Add yeast mixture and 1-3/4 c. of the remaining water to the flour and mix until well incorporated. Allow it autolyze for 30 minutes. Add oil and adjust water as necessary to make a moist dough but one that holds together well.
 
Knead well for 5 minutes. Place a little vegetable oil on palms
of hands and smooth all over to prevent crusting. Allow dough to double. This may take 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 500 F. Divide dough in 12 balls.  Roll each ball out to about 7-8” diameter and 1/8” thickness. Let rest covered for 20 minutes on lightly floured table or counter top or until almost doubled in thickness. Bake on pizza stone covered with parchment 3-5 minutes or until puffed and just starting to brown. Remove from oven and immediately place in zip lock bag in order to keep pitas soft and moist from the steam inside the bag.

Blue Zebra NOTE: I use the food processor to bring the dough together. Then I knead if for about 8 minutes. Then oil and place in bowl to rise till double. I use the 3-1/2 tsp of yeast because it makes it rise quickly. The whole wheat flour adds nice flavor and it doesn't taste like eating pure yeast! These cooked pitas may be kept in fridge for several days but to retain the most freshness, freeze immediately. You can also freeze the dough for later after the bulk rise.

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Hope you like these ZB. I just made some of the second recipe night before last on the fly because I was hankerin' for schwarma! So I make the Tziki (sp?) while I was waiting on the dough to rise. Let me know how these work for you! :D

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I sure appreciate this and will definately let you know when I make them.  I like that you have a WW variety and a sourdough.  I like the T&T (tried & true) recipes so many thanks.

 

I noticed in the Glezer book as I quickly scanned the recipes that you do something different to make them into pockets.  So good that you have that as well.  Oh, and thanks for the notes on freezing - that's good to know since there are only the two of us here.

 

Have you ever made these into chips?  I've been so hungry for hummus.

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pockets. I suspect the 500 degrees do that on their own? But the baking gurus on here would have to answer that definitively for you.

I haven't tried to do chips from them but I think they would work. I would cook them longer the first time out so that the pocket is firmly set. Then I would split them and either brush them with olive oil or melted butter depending on how decadent you want to be!

Also, it's just 2 of us here as well. I make 12 cuz it's just easier for me to store and use as I need them but the sourdough recipe is cool cuz it can make as few as 3-4. I also roll mine out thinner than the original recipe says. It says to roll to 1/4" but I roll it to about 1/8" and it still gets plenty thick. There is a good bit of oven spring.

Also, zainab has an awesome food blog called Arabic Bites you should check out. Authentic recipes big time! She may have an even better recipe for you for the pitas or maybe she will stop in here and add her advice?!

Anyway, hope these work out for you! :D