Thursday, September 4, 2008

Country-Style Whole Wheat Pitas


I was so excited when I saw the Bread Baking Babes' challenge this month - pitas! I'd never made pitas before, and I was eager to see if I could actually get them to puff. Since I've been too lazy / had too little time to take part in any of the previous Bread Baking Buddies challenges, I decided that this one was going to be my first.


Every comment I read was right - they were easy to mix up and quick to bake. What they didn't say, however, was that my apartment was going to reach 90 degrees by the time I had finished baking them!!! I was standing there sweating as I rolled out each of them, and I only made half the recipe! Blech. Luckily, I did get about half of my half batch to puff, and it seemed like the ones I rolled out less thinly were the ones that puffed, whereas the ones that I accidentally stretched thinner as I put them on the baking sheet were the ones that stayed flat.


Now that I have managed to get pitas to puff, I realize there are so many things I can do with them - change up flours, add seeds or spices or herbs on the inside and outside, big pitas, little pitas, the possibilities are endless! And that doesn't even come close to what I can fill them with - salads, sandwiches, chutneys, dipped in hummus or baba ganoush or a fresh tomato salsa.


I should make certain to thank Ilva of Lucullian Delights for choosing this bread of many possibilities, but, well... Excuse me, I think I need to go bake again...

16 comments:

Judy said...

Oh, they look good! That's what I'll be doing tomorrow, hopefully before it gets too hot.

Di said...

Those look great! I've made pitas once, but it's been a long time. I really need to try it again.

breadchick said...

I'm so glad you decided to join us this month! Those pitas look really good and you are right, you can shove just about any goodie you can think of in the pocket.

I used the ones that didn't puff as "toast" in the morning.

Maria said...

Your pita bread turned out great! I love watching them puff in the oven. It is so fun!

Steph said...

Your pitas puffed up really nicely! I never thought of baking pitas, that is such a great idea.

Ilva said...

But they looks so good! Now when you have started being a BBBuddie, you have to keep going! Thanks a lot for being a Buddie!

Baking Soda said...

Those look mighty fine! Great job Buddie!

Natashya said...

Your puffs are perfect, such rounded pockets. Great job, nice to bake with you.

Monique said...

You did great .
And also you discovered the biggest problem with these Pitta's...You're an addict before you know it. Keep on baking, Buddie !

Jamie said...

I really like to make pita, yours look great! I left you an award on my blog if you are interested!

Jacque said...

Wow, I'm impressed, oh bread making master! :)

Congrats on your puffed pitas.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Love your pockets!!!
I used my flat ones in Fattoush Salad. Now, it's one reason I hope for half flat and half pockets!
When I look at other recipes for pita, some aimed for pockets and some aimed for flat.
Thanks so much for baking with us!

Lien said...

Your pita's look great! Ah, and now you're spoiled; never want to buy those from the shop again.

Jude said...

Gonna try making these soon so I can join in. I hope they puff up!

Natashya said...

Hello again, fellow buddy
I have left an award on my site for you today, Monday.
Cheers!

Mahek said...

They look so good!!!
I love pita sandwiches , but have never baked one,here in India its rare that bread is baked at home and eaten its usually purchased from bakeries.
we make our own whole wheat roti for everyday meals but if i get the ingredients i would love to make these pitas