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...