bread machine whole wheat pita


I really want to try making pita bread and today is a great day for the adventure. Here’s the recipe I found for the bread machine, changed a bit for my use.

Pita Bread

serves 8

* 1 1/8 cups water, warm
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 1/2 cups bread flour
* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1. Put ingredients in bread machine on dough setting.

2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope and divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each into a smooth ball, then roll into a 6-7 inch circle. Put on floured surface and cover with a towel. Let rise about 30 minutes ’til slightly puffy.

3. Preheat 500 degrees. Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cake rack and place cake rack on oven rack. Bake 4 to 5 minutes until puffed and tops begin to brown. Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp kitchen towel until soft. Once softened, either cut in half or split top edge for half or whole pitas. They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.

Any of these pictures can be viewed larger by clicking on them.

Spinning the dough. Glad it does all the work!!

The 12 inch long rope.

Cut into 8 segments.

Rolled out ready to rise.

Covered with Grandma’s towel.

They have risen for 30 minutes

They really puff up in the oven. Didn’t think of making a video through the oven window – maybe next time.

Probably one large paper bag would work just fine as well.

Sewed these pillow covers while waiting for the bread to mix up and rise : )

Life is good.


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