2 ½ C Bread Flour
1 ¼ C Warm (105 degree) water
½ C Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
1 7 gram packet of instant yeast
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 tsp Salt
- With your stand type mixer, combine about 2/3’s of the white flour, the yeast, and the warm water. Mix with a dough hook for about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the flour, the whole wheat flour, and then the olive oil and salt. Knead with the dough hook for about 4 minutes on medium speed. Add more flour or water if needed. The dough should be a little wetter than bread dough.
- Remove the dough to a greased bowl and let sit for about an hour or until doubled and puffy.
- Place a rack on the lowest shelf in the oven and remove the second rack so that you can reach into the oven with the formed pitas. Place a heavy cooking sheet or stone on the rack. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Form the dough into 2-inch balls. With a rolling pin, roll flat to a thickness of about 3/8 inch. Let these discs sit on the counter, uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Spray the discs with water, so the tops are damp. Fold the dough over to trap the moisture and roll out to 3/8 inch thick again. If they are out of round, it’s okay. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
- Place 2 or 3 of the discs on the hot baking sheet or stone in the oven. Bake 3 ½ to 4 minutes. The pitas should be puffy but not browned. Remove the pitas from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Let oven heat recover for 5 mins. and then continue to bake pitas 2 or 3 at a time.
- If pitas do not puff, there is not enough moisture trapped in the dough. They will still be good and you can split them with the end of a knife but they won’t have that puffy, hollow inside.
CREAM CHEESE PITA SANDWICHES
2 Pita Pocket Bread Halves
3 Spoons coarsely chopped pecans
½ C Spreadable Cream Cheese
¾ C Sliced Strawberries
Open Pita halves and spread cream cheese inside pockets. Put half the chopped pecans in and move around so that they will stick to the cream cheese. Stuff strawberries and optional raisins into the pockets. Sprinkle with more pecans. (You may want to sprinkle the strawberries with a little sugar.)