Sunday, April 21, 2013

You Can Bake Bread!



The whole idea of making my own bread used to scare me.
 It was that dreaded word.
T-I-M-E 
I just didn't have it. 
And if you want to make your own bread, it is a necessity. 
I would think about it.
And even tried it once or twice.
But never fell in love with the whole idea.
I mean.
I can just go to the store and buy it myself.
But. 
It is just.not.the.same!

Well, the time came when I had 3 kids, all UNDER the age of 4. 
Yeah. 
Lots of naps, schedules etc, etc.
Which, for me, meant I was home. A lot.
This was about the time I took up blogging, since I was home anyways.
But I also started experimenting in the kitchen.
Making something yummy for my husband to enjoy when the kids were all in bed
started to become a fun hobby.
At the top of the list, still is homemade pita and hummus. 
Yum!
Simple and delicious. Yes, you read that right. Simple.
As long as the fact that you need about 3 hours from start to finish  doesn't scare you off, it really is easy! Easy and inexpensive too! Don't forget to search for online coupons to help you save even more on your materials.

Homemade Pita

3 c. unbleached white flour (or whole wheat if you prefer)
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T sugar
1 packet yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water
2 T Olive Oil

Mix yeast with 1 c. water and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, salt and sugar. Add the water with the yeast when ready then add rest of the water and olive oil. Stir together. Once ingredients form a ball knead dough (or use a stand mixer) for 6-8 minutes. When done, place in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil. Cover bowl with damp kitchen towel. Set aside to rise for 90 minutes. When time is up, punch down and divide into 8-10 pieces and roll in to balls. Place on surface lightly coated in flour and cover with damp kitchen towel for 30 minutes. Flatten dough. To cook I use a cast iron griddle on the stove top. You can also use a cast iron pan turned upside down. Place on preheated, lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat. Cook on each side 2-3 minutes each.  


5 comments:

Staci Luker said...

Thanks for sharing this--will have to try it!

Sara Martin said...

i will have to try this! Thanks!

Melanie Scout said...

It does sound easy! I guess I'll need to go get some yeast :)

Julia Potvin said...

Not sure why I have never tried making my own bread, guess I am afraid of the kneading part and not doing it correctly. However I love pita bread and you make it sound so easy it's time I get brave! Thanks for the motivation :)

Thrift Schooling said...

That's why I LOVE my Kitchen Aid- no need to knead, I just use the dough hook!!!