Easy Peasy Pitas at Home

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:

PITA PIZZA

1 whole wheat pita
favorite pizza or spaghetti sauce
zucchini, thinly sliced
bell pepper, diced
chicken breast, diced and cooked (warmed)
mozzarella, shredded

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.


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7 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Pitas at Home

  1. Becky April 29, 2010 at 1:54 am Reply

    Look at you making homemade pitas!
    Never thought about making those. Of course, I’ve never eaten one either.
    Can I come over for lunch and try one of yours? They look delicious!

  2. shannon April 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Wow, your pita looks so light and airy! I’ve always wanted to try making my own, but have been intimidated. I don’t have a bread machine. 😦

    • klutzymama April 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm Reply

      Shannon, do you have a stand mixer? If so, you can use the dough hooks and let them do the kneading for you. You can absolutely do these without a bread machine, but it is so much easier because it gets the dough all ready for you and it comes out perfect, eliminating a lot of the prep time. If you click on the link to Tammy’s Recipes, she tells you how to make them without the bread machine. Either way they are worth it!

  3. Gretchen April 30, 2010 at 2:57 am Reply

    One dumb question – since your pitas puff like that do they deflate if you use them for pizzas? I haven’t made them in a while.

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  5. Christy May 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Thank you!!! We have been buying a lot of whole wheat pitas lately for mini pizzas and stuffed sandwiches, etc…so I can’t wait to try these out!!!!

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