i love long weekends. wouldn’t it be great if all weekends were 3 day weekends. i feel like there is never enough time to get all of the errands you need to get done, plus have some time to relax. but with 3 day weekends, you have sufficient time for it all. yippee!!!
so this past weekend, i grabbed lunch and drinks with a friend, did some wedding stuff with chris, caught up on private practice and had a baking and cooking day with tammy!!!!! what a wonderful, wonderful weekend! we made pita bread, grilled lemon chicken, and peach handpies. recipes for everything will be coming through the week – first up pita bread!
i had tried to make pita bread before, but i wasn’t so successful. though it tasted fine, it was kind of dense (since i tried to be healthy and made it with whole wheat flour) and they were all misshapen and kind of sad looking. wah wah.
but together, tammy and i were super successful at making pita bread!!! although we did bake them just a smidgen too long so they were kind of crunchy, they were puffy and beautiful and delicious!
the dough is super simple, just water, yeast, flour and salt. with the help of your stand mixer the dough comes together easily.
once the dough is nice and smooth, place it on a lightly floured surface.
divide the dough into 8 pieces for medium sized pita bread. then shape them into balls.
using a rolling pin, roll out each ball of dough until it’s 1/4 in thick. be sure to roll it out to that thickness. we accidentally left some a bit thicker and they didn’t puff up when baked like the thinner ones.
keep rolling out the dough balls until they are all shaped into flat rounds. then allow them to rest for 30-40 minutes on the floured surface.
once the pita dough has rested, flip them over onto a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
bake the pita bread for 10-13 minutes at 425 degrees F. be sure to watch them bake during the first 5 minutes to see them puff up!
we enjoyed our pita bread warm with grilled lemon chicken and a delicious garlic sauce tammy made. sooo good!