Homemade Pitas

Well, this one is a little embarrassing. Normally my baking doesn’t go so truly awry as these homemade vegan pitas did. Usually when I bake, my only problem is things turn out to dense. I really wanted these to work, because I mean really this was just pennies to make in the long run and who doesn’t want to be known as a bread maker? That is just cool.

I followed the recipe specifically…there wasn’t much to it! A packet of yeast, water and flour, that’s it. Bread making is not the easiest thing in the world to begin with, but this is the first time I have never had dough rise before! How embarrassing. Thank goodness I wasn’t making it for a group, just my lunches, but still!

I don’t know why but for this blog not much goes right. It kind of makes me wonder how many times other bloggers practice a recipe before they post it, cause I have only had one thing turn out right, or at least how it looks in my head anyway. So maybe I should stop imagining perfection and accept the end product because it always turns out tasting good to me.

So my no-rising-dough came from this site, Under the Highchair, where the pictures of her finished pitas were huge, gloriously tan and you just know when she cuts into them there is a fist-sized hole to put your salad of veggies in. The only thing I didn’t do that she said to do is use a mixer with dough hook. Well, I do not have one and wasn’t going to purchase one for this. I have made bread-type items before and a spoon works just fine

So the recipe said to mix yeast and water together and let sit for 5 minutes, then add flour and mix. I did all that and then kneaded the dough for the prescribed amount of time.

After kneading then I cut the dough into sixths and then rolled. After I got them flattened I let them sit for 30 minutes…they were supposedly supposed to poof. Nothing. No big deal, because the recipe said to flip the rounds like a pancake onto the baking sheet and bake. I watched the first 5 minutes of baking cause that is when “the magic happens”. Hmph. No magic here. They barely moved. No lift, no poofing up and making a hole in the middle to insert my hummus and veggies.

Very disappointing.

A change on my next round of these, would be to add flavor cause these didn’t have any. I would spices to the dough-garlic salt, Italian seasoning, chili powder. Also I will make these smaller, because the calorie count on these is pretty large and they were a little to big since I was eating them like sandwich bread instead of pockets.

Homemade Pitas Breads, 6 servings
1 Tbsp Yeast
1 1/4 C Water
1 Tsp Salt
3-3 1/2 C Flour
1. Dissolve yeast into water for 5 minutes. Add salt and slowly mix  in flour. Mix well, dough will be sticky to spoon.
2. Dump out dough onto clean floured surface and knead for 8 minutes. Be sure to dust flour onto dough and hands if it gets to sticky.
3. Cut into sixths for larger pitas, or 12 to get smaller ones. Flatten with rolling-pin until 1/2 inch thick.
4. Let rounds sit on floured surface for 30-45 minutes. Dough should rise. Turn oven on to 425°.
5. Flip rounds on to a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. ***As the recipe states on Under the Highchair, the first 5 minutes is when the will make their move to rise.

I surely hope yours turn out better than mine. Let me know they did, or what I did wrong cause I want to know so I can perfect these!

Totals Per Serving:
Calories: 257
Total Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 1mg
Total Carbs: 53g

Protein: 7g

One thought on “Homemade Pitas

  1. well, as we all know, ‘failures’ happen with everything even when we know we are following to the letter. Just keep trying – I think it’s pretty awesome that you love baking bread!!! And especially trying something new like Pita Pockets!

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