I love pitas. I like to stuff them with yummy stuff and I like to use them to make personal size pizzas. The thing that I don’t like about the ones at the store is that they kinda taste ever so slightly like cardboard and they also fall apart too easily.
Making pitas at home is really easy (especially if you have a bread machine). Plus, with no preservatives, they are just better for you. The ingredients are things that I always have on hand, so it’s a no-brainer for me. I love my bread machine. I never actually bake any bread in it, but I use the dough cycle and then use my oven for the baking part.
The recipe I use is only slightly adapted from this one at Tammy’s Recipes. These will last a few days in the fridge or can be frozen up to a couple of months.
WHOLE WHEAT PITAS adapted from Tammy’s Recipes
1 1/4 C. warm water
1 T. olive oil
1 t. salt
2 t. sugar
2 3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1/3 C. vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 t. dry yeast
Dump all ingredients in order listed into bread machine and select dough cycle.
Punch down dough and turn out onto lightly floured surface.
Divide dough into 8 equal portions and roll into balls.
Roll out to about 6 or 7″ circles.
Place on lightly floured surface and cover with damp towel for 25 – 35 minutes, until slightly puffy, but still thin.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500.
Place pitas on middle oven rack and bake 4 – 5 minutes until puffed and slightly brown around edges. (Mine take 5 minutes.)
Remove from oven and place back under damp towel until completely cooled.
Here’s what they will look like straight from the oven:
And here’s what they will look like after they’ve cooled:
Now you can cut them in half and fill with whatever your heart desires!
I like to brown up some ground beef and add some spinach, homemade BBQ sauce and diced bell peppers. Yum! Or add some diced chicken, ceasar dressing, spinach & parmesan cheese.
Or you can leave the pitas whole and make the following personal size pizza:
1 whole wheat pita
favorite pizza or spaghetti sauce
zucchini, thinly sliced
bell pepper, diced
chicken breast, diced and cooked (warmed)
Preheat to 350 and place pita on rack in oven and crisp. Approx. 5 minutes.
Remove from oven, add sauce, veggies, chicken and cheese.
Return to oven til cheese is melted & bubbly.
Cut into wedges and enjoy!
This is one of our favorite lunchtime meals.