Pita Bread

 
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I'm backkkkkkkk. I took a little break from posting because I've been transitioning into a new job at my climbing gym and been super busy! I've left the operations role and have taken on coffee supervisor at the cafe/bar in the basement of the gym. I'm pretty excited to get back into making coffee as it's always been my most favorite job. Hoping my pansy wrists can handle it this time....trying to take it easy with the tamping & milk pouring! 

This past week my man and I went to Vancouver BC for a few days to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We took the Amtrack from Seattle and what started out as a 4 hour trip became a 6 hour trip because of a mystery 'trespasser' on the tracks that stopped the train in front of us for over an hour while the police investigated. Once we arrived in Canada we had a delay in customs and then eventually dropped off our bags at our cute attic air bnb apartment and started exploring. We kept it low key and hung out in and around the Mt. Pleasant area where we were staying. It was beautiful, full of lush gardens, giant trees, views of the mountains and best of all, silence. It was nice having some quality time with one another without the distractions of our jobs, computers, netflix and separate hobbies. We got a chance to kinda catch up and reconnect over the simple stuff. We walked around all day, drank amazing beers (twice) at 33 Acres Brewing, people watched, ate and climbed at The Hive which was a super fun friendly bouldering gym. While boarding the train home we both agreed we should just stay in Canada. :P Anyways! Thats why I've been a bit quite the last couple weeks. I spent today baking up a storm so first up... PITA!
 

I have enjoyed pita bread for a long long time. Especially in college and when I first moved out on my own, I ate a lot of pita pockets filled with hummus and salads and even created some 'pita pizzas' that I ate daily. Since then I've become a more serious baker and recently thought it was time to give pita a try. Afterall, how hard could it be? 

Come to find out, its not that hard at all. It's actually super easy, only takes about 2 hours from start to finish and the results are wayyyyy better than the pita you find in grocery stores. I hope you enjoy! I've only tried this one recipe, that I found from King Arthur, so I'm curious to what recipes you all use and like? Comment below!

 
 

PITA BREAD

Adapted from King Arthur's golden Pita Recipe

 

MAKES 8 MEDIUM SIZED POCKETS

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 361g (3 CUPS) All purpose flour

  • 2 t. yeast

  • 2 t.sugar

  • 1 1/2 t. salt

  • 227g (1 cup) warm water

  • 25g (2 TB) olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a bowl mix together all ingredients to form a shaggy dough.

  2. Knead the dough until smooth on floury surface or in kitchen aid mixer.

  3. Place  dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and rest for 1 hour. It may not quite double in size but it should be puffy! Mine usually doubles.

  4. Turn the dough onto a floury counter top/surface and divide it into 8 pieces. (more or less depending on size)

  5. Roll two to four of the dough pieces into 4-6" circles. (as many as will fit on your baking sheet) I usually fit 3 or 4 to a sheet depending on size of pita.

  6. Place circles on a lightly greased baking sheet and allow them to rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 500°F.  (Roll out the last of the pieces while your first round is in the oven. Allow to rest until ready to bake.)

  7. Place the baking sheet on the lowest rack in your oven, and bake for 5 minutes. They should puff up quite a bit! Once your 5 minutes is up...

  8. Transfer the baking sheet to your oven's middle-to-top rack and bake for an additional 2 minutes, or until the pitas have browned.

  9. Remove the pitas from the oven and wrap them up in a clean towel and repeat with the remaining dough. If you leave the pitas out to cool they won't stay as soft and will become more tough. 

  10. Once cooled, store in ziplock baggie and enjoy! I enjoy mine with hummus, greek olives and feta! Stuff it full of salad for an easy lunch on the go!