Friday, 29 October 2010

Pita breads

So easy to do and freeze so well, so give 'em a go!

2 cups plain flour (or wholemeal if you like)
1 1/2 cups warm water (I use tap)
1 packet of active dry yeast
1 tsp of sugar
1tsp of salt
You can add anything from cayenne to Za'atar...

In a small bowl, stir the packet of yeast with the sugar and mix in the water. Leave for 10 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt and any spices in a large bowl, when the yeast looks like it’s reacting, add it to the flour.
Mix with a big metal spoon and then flour your hands and form into a ball. It’s really sticky at this stage but just flour your work surface and knead it for a good ten minutes until its well formed, soft dough.
Now pop it back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling film and put into a warm place for an hour to rise.  
I know it seems a shame but now you got to knock the dough down and knead it again for a few minutes. Now roll into small balls the size of a lime and roll each one out into the shape you want, either in a circle or oval shape.
Cover again to rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 250C
 Pop your pitas onto the heaviest baking tray you have, it only takes about 5 minutes but just wait until they are turning golden brown at the edges.
CAREFULL – Pitas are crazy hot air pockets!
Cool and fill with whatever you choose, I love falafel, pickled veggies and hummus. 

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