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Puff Pita Puff! My Allrecipes Memory 
May 10, 2012 9:03 am 
Updated: May 11, 2012 8:52 pm
I joined Allrecipes back in 2001.  Not long after that, I found a recipe for pita bread.  Now if you have had GOOD pita bread, you know that the stuff you buy in the grocery store is not even in the same league.  Still, it sounded a little intimidating to make my own, so the recipe languished in my recipe box for a good many years. 

I'm not sure of the exact date, but I decided to give the pita bread recipe a try.


I had immediate success and was so pleased.  My family also had a great time watching me make the pita bread.  I made the dough in my bread machine and baked it in the oven.   When you bake pita bread, you put several round, flat pieces of dough on a greased cooling rack.  You bake it at a very high heat so that steam builds up quickly inside the dough. The dough puffs up, sometimes one side starts first and the rest of the bread slowly follows.  It is so much fun watching this process.  My two girls loved to sit in front of the oven and watch for the pitas to puff.  We couldn't help but cheer them on, hoping they would puff up as high as possible.  Puff Pitas Puff!  Soon, my husband was in on the action as well.  All of us, transfixed as we gazed through the small oven window.

We never went back to eating store bought pita bread after that.  The pita bread is now a common part of many different meals at our house.  It makes a great pizza crust!  I keep them in the freezer and we can instantly make our own personal pizzas!  Of course there are the well known uses, such as pita chips and gyros.  My younger daughter loves to take pita sandwiches in her lunch.

I really felt that day that I had achieved a new goal.  I made something that I never thought I would have had been able to complete successfully.  I also gained some extra respect from my family, as I was able to produce something that came out so professionally.  Some of my favorite recipes on Allrecipes are the ones that I first saved.  Many are ones I have yet to give a try.  Happily, they are often ones that turn out the best.  I am so glad I gave an old recipe a try.  I continue to make Allrecipes memories with recipes both old and new.  We are all happier and better off for that.
May 10, 2012 10:28 am
I am glad to know I am not the only one who is entertained by baking pita. I never get tired of watching it puff. Nice that we can have simple pleasures.
May 10, 2012 11:15 am
I really need to try that recipe again. I made it once and had so-so results. They tasted fantastic, but I think I baked them a little too long because they were a little tough. You've inspired me to tray again...maybe this weekend :)
May 10, 2012 11:33 am
I'm trying that, thanks for sharing!!
May 11, 2012 8:52 pm
OK! I need to seriously give this a try! Thanks for the prod!
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Julie Fegler

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About Me
I love to cook when I have the time, but when I don't, I like delicious things that I can get on the table quickly. I am married to a wonderfully adventurous eater, but we are sometimes limited by our two teenage daughters. The older one eats mostly pescatarian, and has encouraged us to eat organic foods whenever we can. She will eat almost anything other than meat. The younger one is a picky eater, and has a laundry list a mile long of foods she dislikes. I do think she is improving however. I am hoping!
My favorite things to cook
I most like making soups, but I also enjoy baking and making gourmet pizzas. I love trying new recipes and don't make something twice unless it is out of this world.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my family always made frozen pizzas on Sunday nights. Now, I have that tradition with my own family, but we make our own, from the dough to our favorite combinations of toppings - traditional to unusual.
My cooking triumphs
I have found quite a few recipes that I can put together in a hurry, but still taste fabulous.
My cooking tragedies
Soon after I was married I cooked a ragout from the Silver Palate cookbook. It was awful, and it seemed to last forever as we weren't about to throw it away and waste our hard earned money! We still joke about it.
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