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Homemade Whole Wheat Pita bread

Posted: August 6, 2012 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Bread
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 I always use to buy these from grocery store, whenever I wanted to make some pita sandwich. Finally, on this weekend I decided to try my hand at making them at home and here’s the result.

They turn out exactly the way they’re supposed to. And they were puffed up like a balloon getting filled with air when baking them in oven. I was getting so excited to see them getting puff up that I made an video of the process.

This pita bread recipe makes soft and fluffy pitas and thousand times better than the store-bought ones. Yeah I know, little bit of work but it’s all worth, the moment you bite one of these. Only disadvantage is whenever I made something at home, I get so used to the fresh and homemade ones, I don’t even touch the ones we get at grocery stores.

You can stuff the pockets with a filling of your choice and your pita sandwich is ready. I have made my pita sandwich with masala chickpeas with some onion-cucumber salad  topped with yogurt sauce…Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour ( I have used King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (I have used Indian Sujata Atta)
  • 2¼ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Semolina or Cornmeal, for sprinkling

Method:

  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, honey and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the olive oil and salt to the yeast-honey-water mixture.
  • Dump the flour in a large mixing bowl, slowly adding the yeast mixture , knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Shape the dough into a large ball and coat lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place in a bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size about 1 to 2 hour.
  • After the dough has risen,  time to knead back the dough again ,knead it to push all the air out of it.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal parts. 
  • Roll each portion into a smooth ball .
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 6-inch circle and 1/4 inch thick discs. Transfer the discs to a baking sheet sprinkle with cornmeal. Repeat to complete the rest of the balls.
  • Cover the uncooked pita bread with the damp kitchen towel loosely and let them rest at room temperature for 30 minutes or until slightly puffy.
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 500 degrees F and adjust oven rack to lowest position and place a baking sheet or cast iron skillet in oven.
  • With a wet hand generously rub the surface of the disc before putting it in oven. This help them to puff up nicely.
  • Transfer 1 pita bread on the skillet and bake until puffed and slightly golden in color(Mine took 3-4 minutes approx).Gently flip the pita using a spatula and bake the other side for 1 more minute or so. After couple of pitas on skillet, I used baking sheet to speed up the process and that worked well too.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Repeat with the remaining pitas.
  • Stuff with your favorite stuffing and enjoy.

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Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

I love muffins. They are so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snacking in between. Its been a while since I made muffins at home. Every week during our grocery shopping, I was getting some Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins from Wegmans. Finally yesterday I thought to bake some at home. I am glad i did because these muffins are light, flavorful and delicious. And the best part of these muffins is that they are not too sweet, the way I wanted. I love these muffins with a cup of tea.

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place liners in a muffin pan.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Then add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture.
  • In another mixing bowl, blend the bananas on low speed  for 3-5 minutes until well mashed.
  • Add the oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix again on low speed for 1 minute until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and combine until just blended. Don’t over mix the batter.
  • Divide batter equally among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full.
  • Bake muffins 20-25 minutes, until tops are starting to brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 5-20 minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool to room temperature.
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins