|Fresh, Home Made Pita, made on the Stove Top!|
And, I also recognize that much of the world either doesn't have an oven, or prefers not to use their oven. I recently read in the Wall Street Journal that 80% of the time when 20-somethings cook with their stove, they're not using the oven.
So, I decided it was time for a stove top Pita (I strongly suspect that I'm not the first person to make Pita over a "fire" rather than in the oven, but perhaps my forebears didn't blog about it ; ) They're SO easy to make, delicious, and much less intimidating than messing with the oven. They are a little chewier than a traditional Pita- but in my mind, that's not a bad thing.
Making it is SO easy!
Simply use your Five Minute Artisan Dough (Whole Wheat Artisan bread will also work here)
Stove Top Pita Bread
Heat a 10" Non-Stick Skillet on Medium Heat
Pull off a 1/4" piece (the size of a small plum), and roll it into a six to eight inch circle (just like rolling out pizza). This really is easy - my young daughter does these with me : )
Place it in the hot, dry skillet & cover with a lid (a glass lid is best, as you can watch the bubbles form, but it's not an absolute necessity).
Allow bread to cook till large bubbles form, about 3 minutes. (If bubbles aren't big enough, you won't get a pocket.)
|Allow Bread to form large bubbles before turning|
Flip bread (tongs or a spatula may be used) and replace lid. Cook another minute or two on the other side, till the bread turns into a big pillow.
|Stove Top Pita developing pocket.|
Remove bread, place on plate, and repeat.
|Finished Pita, ready to remove to plate.|
I like to do this with two skillets, that way I can make a lot of bread fast (especially with my little helper!)
I do not get EVERY one to puff - haven't mastered it to that degree - but generally the ones that don't puff can be split open with a knife, or simply used like the commercially-available pocketless pitas.
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