Whole Wheat Pita Bread
This weekend,we got a good taste of fall.Rain,cool breeze then sunshine and even if foliage is not turning color here,i can SO FEEL it :-).In the weather like this,i like to cozy up with my family at home and cook and bake something yummy. Thats exactly what i did.I experimented with sugarless oat drops, date bar brownies and pita bread.
I love pita bread.It is everyday common bread of Mediterranean, middle east origin.Think Greece, Turkey, Egypt.I like it rolled up with meat as well as with hummus dip.My kids can just munch on the bread as it is. So i decided to make our own.I quickly realized that it is very good bread to make with kids.So i completely employed them :-).I am proud of my 5 year old rolling it out so well and for my 3 year old,who shaped the dough like a ball.Did you notice the hand print on punched out dough?Punching the dough is so much fun.
- Since pita bread need to puff up,to create a hollow pocket.Small size,thick rolled out dough works better then long and big.Not to mention it is good for kids size pita.
- I used cast iron skillet to make it.Getting it in and out couple of times was pain.So if you have baking stone and even long iron griddle,use that.
- I was not too sure about using my baking sheet at 500F.I felt cast iron is best if it needs to be cooked at very high heat,so i simply used that.
- Pita bread is thick and very filling,so you will eat less in numbers.Small size is good again.
- You want sugar/honey in this.Yeast like to chow down on it .You want to keep the dough at a relatively warm area of the house.I leave mine covered behind close pantry door.You can also preheat the oven to 170F,turn it off and let it cool for 2 mins and let the dough rise there covered.Yeast like to cozy up at warm place and puff up with time.
- I filled mine with chicken strips and broccoli slaw.I topped mine with simple yogurt sauce and for my husband i whipped on the moment mayo dip which surprisingly was good,considering i was thinking what to add,as i was looking inside my refrigerator 🙂
I followed the recipe here.
As we ate this meal,we prayed for the Mediterranean,middle east region.We could not help but talk about the current turmoil,history and Biblical tumultuous past of it.We didn’t had the chance to look at the map but we will pick it up in next meal.