Whole Grain Pita Bread

Last week on Thursday, I got to stay home, pretended to be a pioneer in the morning before we got power back, and then made homemade pita bread because, after the power came back on, I had watched the last episode of Rome and was craving Mediterranean nibbles. It was good, but kind of off-the-cuff. This time, I actually mostly followed a recipe, although I used the same cooking method.

Homemade pita is delicious and very very cheap. The entire recipe below costs less than a dollar and a quarter, roughly, and I used organic, high-quality ingredients for everything. It’s fairly quick, although I bet a long-soaked or sourdough version would be delicious, too. And since pita doesn’t really rise like a regular loaf, it tolerates less kneading, lower-gluten flours, and just generally more shenanigans than a regular loaf of bread. I may try making an entirely-spelt version in the future.

Homemade Pita
2/3 cup water, at room temperature or slightly warmer
1 tsp. dry active yeast
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
Mix together the water and oil. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside to let the yeast dissolve. Mix in 1/2 cup of spelt flour and see if it seems bubbly. Add the rest of the spelt flour, the salt, and half the wheat flour. If you have been using a spoon, abandon it and get your hands sticky. Mix in enough of the rest of the flour so that you have a slightly soft dough, but one that can hold a ball shape without oozing. Form into a ball and put into an oiled bowl. Cover and set in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. Then, divide the dough into fourths and shape each fourth into a flat round, about 1/8-1/4″ thick. You can lightly oil the flats, if you wish, with olive oil. Broil for 2-4 minutes on each side, until puffed and browned. Eat right away with butter or oil, or else let cool and wrap tightly in foil. Makes 4 pitas, each about 6″ or so in diameter.
This is part of Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet.
{an aside: please visit my new website, Wellness the Wild Woman Way, where I hope to share articles about general health and wellness topics}
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