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Easy Whole Wheat Pitas

November 24, 2010

I found this recipe at Grandma’s Canning Jars  and since I had all the ingredients at home decided to make it one night after the baby was asleep. It only took an hour and a half including a 45 minute wait for the dough to rise.

Easy Whole Wheat Pitas

Makes 6  7-8 inch pitas … with my variations.

3/4 cup warm water

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil  canola oil

3 cups  1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Put the warm water in the bowl, stir in the honey and yeast,  and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the salt and  oil in bowl and then beat in half the whole-wheat flour until smooth (I used a wooden spoon but you can use a dough hook).  Add the rest of the flour in small increments and knead until dough is smooth and supple.I kneaded the dough by hand.

Cut the dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a ball. Place in bowl sprayed with cooking spray, cover with damp towel and let rest for 45 minutes. Using a floured rolling-pin, roll into a round about 1/8″ inch thickness.

Set oven rack in lower third of oven and remove other racks. Pre heated oven to 500°F.

Transfer 2 pitas, 1 at a time, directly onto oven rack. Bake until just puffed and pale golden, about 2 minutes. Turn over with tongs and bake 1 minute more. Cool pitas on a cooling rack 2 minutes, then stack and wrap loosely in a kitchen towel to keep Pitas warm. Bake remaining pitas in same manner.


Two fresh baked pitas

My boys liked the pitas and I thought they were pretty easy to make. I felt like the smaller ones puffed up better. I might also try letting the dough rise first and then cut into pieces.

We are calorie and health conscious in our house so these pitas were whole wheat and about 150 calories each.

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