I had a tiny slither of time yesterday so decided to make pitta bread. It was a poor decision; lots of rushing around was done and a trip to B&Q to get storage boxes was needed whilst the dough was proving. Perhaps choosing to make a bread that I hadn’t made before on a time poor day was a tad ambitious! Nevertheless, they turned out really well and have been super tasty for lunches with a dollop of hummus.
Ironically I sold my bread maker yesterday. I hadn’t used it since we moved (2 years ago now) and there’s no need for a bread maker in the Rose residence anymore since the wonder gadget Thermomix kneeds dough.
This recipe is taken from the Basic Cookbook that comes with the Thermomix. Mine’s all crinkled and wrinkled since I left it out in the recent downpour. I was browsing the recipes whilst baby Rose was playing on the slide and completely forgot about it. It’s been in the airing cupboard ever since.
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp olive oil
500g bread flour
1 tsp salt
- Put the yeast, water and sugar into the mixing bowl and warm 30sec/37°c/speed 2
- Add olive oil, bread flour and salt and kneed for 3 min/
- Transfer dough into a bowl, cover with cling film and prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 250°c and put the baking trays in the oven.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces, form each into a ball and allow to rest for 15 minutes. With a rolling pin roll each piece into a flat circle (15cm diameter) and allow to rest for a further 15 minutes.
- Place 2-4 of the dough circles on the hot baking tray and bake for approximately 4 minutes (or until golden brown).
- Take the hot pittas out of the oven when ready, place on a clean surface and cover with a clean tea-towel. This will help them keep puffed up.
Excuse my poorly shaped circles. I’d like to say I did it on purpose to make them look more rustic and ‘homemade’; in reality it’s because I’m a little bit shit!
Now, I’m no bread expert but I was fairly chuffed with these. To say my only bread making before this had been a white loaf, I’m chuffed. I remember going round to my boss’ house a few summers ago and she had made her own pitta breads and hummus from scratch. In utter amazement I asked her, “Why the bloody hell would you do that when you could just go to co-op?” After having one of these tasty delights (and being a bit more clean eating educated) I now completely understand why!
My pittas even had a pocket!
I think next time I’ll have a go at replacing the white bread flour with wholemeal and perhaps have a go at tweaking the amount of sugar. Nevertheless a successful first attempt and one I’ll repeat again.
Happy healthy baking.
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