Monday, February 16, 2009

Back to Earth

Sorry I've been ranting and raving so much lately! Here are some much needed blog-cheering recipes.

Pita bread! This recipe is from Click here for an instructional video.

  • 1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teapsoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.

Combine flour and salt in large bowl.

Make a small depression in the middle of flour and pour yeast water in depression.

Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.

Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it has been successfully kneaded.

Coat large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough in bowl. Turn dough over so all of the dough is coated with oil.

Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10-12 small pieces. Place balls on floured surface. Let sit covered for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 500 deg F and make sure rack is at the very bottom of oven. Be sure to preheat your baking sheet also.

Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5-6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick.

Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 minutes.

Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and add additional pitas for baking.

Take spatula and gently push down puff. Immediately place in storage bags.

Here's the finished product. For yummy Indian sweet potato filling, see Aileena's blog.Ok Katie, your turn!


Samantha said...

That looks good! I want to try it! And that takes some doing to learn to cook good food with the cooking appliances and whatnot you have available (or not available) in Japan!

Suzie said...

It really does. I've had fun rising to the challenge. :)

Maria Elena said...

Mmmm...I experimented last night and made some "Lemon, Rosemary, Minty, Potato Salad". I hate mayonaissey potato salad...So I tried an olive oil, lemon, mint, rosemary, garlic was really good. Very light and fresh!

Suzie said...

That sounds sooooo good.

Maria Elena said...

It was. I cut up some white potato (cooked), celery, sweet Ewa onions, and red bell pepper...a little salt and pepper. We had ribs so I wanted to balance it with a "light starch"...(I finished it when I got home from work today :)