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Magic Pita Bread 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010 11:04 am

I love to bake fresh bread, but one type I have never tried is pita bread. I had a taste for felafel for dinner the other night, but the flatbreads from the grocery all tend to have a freezer burn taste, so I figured I'd give pita bread a try! Husband took the laptop to work, so my only recipe available was from an actual cookbook (I'm so addicted to All Recipes, it's been a while!), the Moosewood Cookbook.
It was a pretty standard bread recipe, rise for an hour or so, divide into 6 portions:

(I know there are only 5 portions here, the 6th is on the board!) They are rolled out very thin, the recipe says no more than an eighth of an inch. By this time I am making quite a mess, flour flying everywhere, including on the dog who is watching me attentively. Since we have VERY little counter space here on the boat, this is my least favorite part about baking. Elbows bumping into things as I am rolling out the dough.

They go into a 500 degree oven for 6-8 minutes, but my oven is not big enough to do more than one at a time, so it was about 45 minutes with the oven that hot...and it's 88 degrees outside! They got puffy and light brown, just like the recipe said! To keep them soft, you are supposed to put them between a damp tea towel and into a paper bag. I have neither, so they went between a damp paper towel, sandwiched between 2 paper plates, and the whole thing into a plastic bag.
Look how pretty!

To go into the pita, I made felafel, cucumber salad, tahini lemon sauce, and garlic dip, all from the Moosewood Coookbook. We had the neighbors over for dinner, and finally the moment of truth had come...would the pitas actually have a pocket? I sliced the first one in half, and yes, it opened into two beautiful pockets! Everyone wanted to know how I got the pocket inside?! I honestly said I really don't know...just the magic of pita bread.

P.S. The next morning, the pitas were amazing toasted in a pan and filled with ham and cheese!
P.P.S. I have NO idea what I did to have my first paragraph set as a link to the photo! And even less of an idea how to undo it!
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Dec. 16, 2009 6:18 am
Omigosh that looks so delicious. I have been wanting to try falafel since seeing it on a cooking show - I am a horrible baker but the homemade pitas look so good I may have to give it an attempt. Oh why do I go on AR at 9am when lunch is HOURS away? LOL
Dec. 16, 2009 6:43 am
It seems so easy to make these pitas. The other day I also noticed Newheart made a pita recipe from this site, I will search and will try sometime. Thanks Barbara!
Dec. 16, 2009 11:02 am
I'm amazed! I really never thought it would be so easy to make pitas! I love them, and now I hope to make some soon!
Dec. 16, 2009 1:40 pm
ok, i'm new to this whole blogging on allrecipes do i get the recipe to this? or is there one?
Dec. 16, 2009 3:15 pm
I'm w/ turtle.... where's the recipe? please share!
Dec. 17, 2009 3:28 am
Hi! I didn't use a recipe from here, but I just looked and it seems like "Peppys Pita Bread" is the closest to the recipe I did use. Just type those words into the search bar. They used a bread machine but you don't have to,just mix and knead yourself. Good Luck!
Dec. 17, 2009 11:41 am
Thanks. I kneaded that!
Dec. 17, 2009 9:20 pm
oh my, those look like amazing pita's! great job! you've inspired me to try them one day.
Dec. 18, 2009 8:19 pm
The pita's look fantastic!How great for a first attempt. Nice dinner menu!
Jan. 2, 2010 11:05 pm
the Moosewood restaurant is 5 mins from my apartment at school! I don't go there nearly enough, but they have the best vegan chocolate cake! Even better than 'regular' chocolate cake!
Jan. 11, 2010 11:04 am
Love it ! First time using all recipes and i found your blog very interesting. Wish me luck with the Pita bread !
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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