Friday, November 8, 2013

The Heat is On! Simple Pitas

Have you ever contemplated if you'd rather be too hot or too cold? Ahh, the bizarre wanderings of the mind! I can't say that I've ever come to a decision about that, other than I've figured if you're cold, you can always put more clothes on......If you're too hot, you can only (or should only) take sooooo much off. It just becomes a matter of hanging in there (or finding somewhere that's air-conditioned - LOL!)

When "the heat is on", things can get uncomfortable - haven't we all had those moments of heat in our lives? Things get so hot, It seems like there's nothing else we can "take off", so we pray.......we wait......we go on...... And then suddenly, those days are past.....and we unexpectedly find they've produced something worthwhile and something beautiful. Something that never would have been birthed if we hadn't walked through the fire.

Speaking of beautiful things created by heat, this pita recipe calls for a super-hot oven - poor little pitas! However, these delicious creations couldn't be created without this heat.....they just wouldn't be the same. Guess it goes to remind us that sometimes heat produces something worthwhile and something beautiful (and something tasty!). Enjoy!!

Simple Pitas

1 Cup + 2 Tbsp. warm water
1 ½ tsp. Red Star Platinum yeast 
3 Cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 ½ tsp. sugar

Combine water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket. Stir to dissolve the yeast. Place remaining ingredients in the bucket and EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is formed. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket interior with cooking spray and replace dough. Cover bucket  and let dough rise 10-20 minutes. Remove dough from bucket and stretch into a 12” rope. Divide dough into 8 pieces, forming each piece into a smooth ball. On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, shape each ball into a 7-8” circle. Cover with a towel and let rise until slightly puffy (about 20-30 minutes).
Preheat oven to 500. Place 2-3 pitas on a wire cake rack and place on an oven rack. Bake pitas for 4-5 minutes until puffed and slightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a brown paper bag until soft.  When the pitas are softened, they may be cut and split. Enjoy!!

(Recipe adapted from Allrecipes -“Peppy’s Pitas” )


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