One of my all time favorite things to make when the weather cools down is bread.
I love the smell of flour mingling with fermenting yeast as the dough proofs, and that wonderful smell when it bakes up in the oven; INHALE…it’s one of The Best smells in the world to me.
I tried my hand at making pita bread for the first time this summer. They swelled like balloons in the oven & were more like pocket pitas (great for stuffing with greek chicken salad) than the “multi-mini-pockets” shown here. They were tasty nonetheless.
What do you like to cook/bake in Autumn?
Here is the Recipe: (adapted from thefreshloaf.com)
(The purpose of kneading is to thoroughly combine the ingredients and to break down the flour so that the dough will become stretchy and elastic and rise well in the oven. A simple hand kneading technique is to firmly press down on the dough with the palm of your hand, fold the dough in half toward you like you are closing an envelope, rotate the dough 90 degrees and then repeat these steps, but whatever technique you are comfortable using should work.)
When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases.
Sprinkle a little bit of flour on a cutting board, remove the dough from the bowl onto the board and divide it into 8 pieces.
(I have 4 pieces here, because I decided to only make 4 pitas. In the last bulleted paragraph, I cut the dough in half after rolling it into a ball, and refrigerated half for later use. This dough had much more flavor.)
Roll each piece into a ball.
After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there.
Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. If the dough does not stretch sufficiently you can cover it with the damp towel and let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before trying again.
These disks of “bready goodness” pair wonderfully with greek rice!
Any questions, Ask Away…