Homemade Pita Pockets!
T is back with another great idea, Homemade Pita Pockets!
Since I have started my weight loss journey, I have found myself eating pita pockets to manage my portion sizes. I have also found myself looking under rocks for coupons. Since I don’t currently have any coupons, I figured I better start cooking. I decided to try my hand at making my own pita pockets. It’s cheaper and I know what is going into it. To make your pockets a little bit healthier, you could always use a whole wheat flour or add olive oil. Let’s begin . . .
Pita Pocket Recipe
- 1 1/8 cups of warm water
- 1 tblspn vegetable oil or olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups of all purpose flour (You can mix the flour between wheat and white. You can substitute the type that works for your family
- 1 1/2 tsp fast active dry yeast
I used a bread machine to make my Pita bread but you could always choose to do it by hand. If you want to do it by hand:
Let the yeast proof by adding the dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt. When the yeast mixture foams, add the oil and flour mixture to the foamy mix. Knead by hand until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Roll the dough out with a little flour and start the final steps.
Before we get to the final steps, our bread machine users need to catch up. Add the ingredients to your bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. My bread machine asks for the ingredients to be added in the manner I listed above. Choose the dough setting and return when the bread is done rising.
Take the dough out of the machine or bowl and roll it out the long way. I used a little flour to make this step go smoothly.
Cut the dough into 8 pieces.
Let the pita bread dough sit for 20-30 minutes in an airtight environment. When it rises, you are ready to cook your pita bread.
Gently mash the dough down into a disc like shape. Limit the amount of handling when working with this dough. You do NOT want to use a rolling pin on this dough unless your goal is to make a chip!
Either cook the disk like dough in a skillet (gently browning on each side) OR lay the dough on the rack in your oven and bake on 350 degrees until done.
Cut these pockets in half and split them. You have your Pita Pockets!
Tamona is a work at home mom with a husband known only as The Honey and four children, lovingly referred to as, The Tax Deductions.
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