omg you guys! I made pita breads!
I found fresh yeast @ Norton Street Grocer, Bondi Junction. They keep it in the deli cabinets, with the cheese, FYI. They have it, even if they say they don’t. go to the cheese display and look for a big bowl filled with tiny individually wrapped blocks of yeast, they look like the lush soap samples you sometimes get when you buy lots of stuff from lush! eerrr, I mean IF. if you buy lots of stuff from lush…
So I had leftover dough from making pizza all weekend for the canadian, but only a little bit, and people were coming for dinner, and I was making a lamb and cous cous meal, and since Paula had shown me how to make pita and said it was really really easy, and they take like 4 minutes to bake, I gave it a go. You guys, pita is really really easy and they take like 4 minutes to bake.
make a basic bread dough. you know, some flour, some yeast, some water. I don’t know how much – I read a guide somewhere that suggested 15-25g fresh yeast to 500g flour, so I used about 20g with warm water and some sugar till it bubbled and did the yeast thing.. then add to flour, + more water to bready-doughy consistency, knead knead knead, rise rise rise, knead knead knead… if using fresh yeast, you will have to be patient, fresh yeast is slower than instant yeast. This made enough dough for a weekend of some 3 pizzas and then a little stack of pitas.
For the pitas, pre-heat oven AND a flat baking tray. nice and hot. form and roll out small circles of dough, and place them, nicely floured, on the hot tray, and into the hot oven. leave the oven light on, and peer in, watching, hopping and clapping as they rise, form a bubble pocket, brown on top and puff down again… in less than 4 minutes! repeat until your pile of pitas is sufficient. serve to captivated and enthralled dining companions to stuff, spread, dip etc to their heart’s content.
OMG, so exciting!
seriously, so easy to make. 4 minutes. word.