Random Friday: What We Bake 5

In this pita bread recipe, we use a stove for heating the bread instead of a hot oven. Our stove is at a better work level than the oven, is easier to access for the short cooking “baking” times without a door in the way, and tends to heat the kitchen less during summer.

Low(er) Carb Pitas

1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp olive oil
(1/2 tsp molasses)

1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat gluten
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup oat bran
2 Tbsp flax meal
t Tbsp spoonable Splenda
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt

Add liquid ingredients to bread maker, then dry ingredients. Process on dough cycle. (Adjust water or flour as desired for a medium pliable dough.)

After first rising, divide into 6 to 8 balls and let rest 15 minutes, covered with a cloth. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a pita-sized disk of uniform thickness, about 20 to 24cm in diameter. Let rest for 20 minutes, covered with a cloth, not stacked on top of each other.

Here is the tricky part: Heat a large heavy (non-stick) un-greased fry pan on the stove to high or medium-high heat. Place one of the disks onto the pan for a minute or so, until small bubbles start to appear in the dough,

and then immediately gently flip over. The pita “should” puff up the rest of the way like a balloon, forming an inner pocket, after another minute or two. Set aside to cool and repeat process with remaining disks, one at a time.

If pitas do not puff consistently, try adjusting these variables: pan temperature, gluten ratio, resting time, thickness of disk.

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The Fresh Loaf has great pita tips. Carb-Lite has many wonderful low-carb bakery recipes.

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