22 February, 2007

Pitta bread

At last, a good use for the bread machine! I was really pleased with the results of this recipe, and it’s very easy and quick to do.

500 g bread flour
2 tsp (1 packet) easy-blend yeast
25 g butter at room temperature
310 ml water
1 1/2 tsp salt

Put the ingredients in the bread machine in the order specified in the manual, set to “Dough” and let it do its stuff.

Preheat the oven to 220 C (or 200 if it’s a fan oven). Lightly grease a baking tray of about 30 x 40 cm.

Divide the dough into quarters, and put three of them under a tea cloth while you prepare the fourth. Cut it into three, and on a floured board roll each one out into an oval about 8 x 16 cm. Put on the baking tray and bake for about 8 minutes — they should be puffed up and only very lightly coloured. Meanwhile roll out the next three.

When the pittas are ready, wrap them in another tea cloth so they stay soft. Best served fresh, but I found they kept quite well for a couple of days in a closed plastic bag once they had cooled.

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