Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pitas and/or Flatbread

This is my mom's pita recipe. It is very easy but takes about an hour start to finish with a lot of vigilance. I hate buying pitas because they are expensive and don't last long so these are a great alternative. The first few times you make these you might get more flatbread then pitas, that's OK! If you want them to puff better use more white flour and less whole wheat. The wheat makes it more dense and therefore doesn't puff as well. I prefer flatbread anyway.

Preaheat oven AND pizza stone to 500

2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour (any combination of white and wheat including whole wheat)
2 Tbsp yeast
2-3 cups more flour

Mix thoroughly first 5 ingrdients. Add 2-3 cups more flour until dough doesn't stick to sides of bowl. Knead until smooth. Divide dough into 12-24 balls. Roll on floured surface in a circle. Any creases will not let the pita expand. Back in preheated oven for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully, remove when pita puffs up and is slightly golden. Place in ziploc bag to soften and flatten.

For pizza: Top cooked pita with favorite pizza toppings and bake at 400 until cheese is melted.

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