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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Pita bread, hummus, and tzatziki
Today's lunch consisted of hummus, tzatziki and pita bread. These recipes are all pretty easy to prepare and so much better than store bought stuff. Enjoy!
Makes 8 pitas
3 1/2 cups flour (depending on your flour you may need a little less. Start with 3c and add if it's too sticky)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 packet yeast
1 1/4 cup room temp water (you may need a little more depending on your flour. Start with 1 1/4 and work up until it's all incorporated but not too sticky to work with)
2 tablespoons olive oil, vegetable oil, butter, or shortening
Add yeast to water in a mixer (or a bowl if you're doing by hand) and stir to combine. Add the flour, salt, sugar and oil and mix on low until combined. Knead on low for about 10 minutes. Check the dough and see if you need to add more flour. If it's too sticky, add a little more at a time until feels like you can knead it by hand without having it stick to everything. Lightly coat a bowl with oil and put the dough in and cover with plastic wrap or a damp dish towel. Let double in size (about 1 1/2-2 hours). Once it's doubled, punch it down to release gas. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and set on a greased cutting board. Let rest 20 minutes. While it's resting, place a cookie sheet upside down in the middle of your oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once the dough has rested, on a floured workspace, roll out the balls into 1/4-1/8 inch thick pita. Place on the the preheated cookie sheet (I did two at a time) and cook for about 3 minutes. They will puff up beautifully! Take them out of the oven and flatten the pita with a spatula. Continue until all 8 pitas are done. You can store these in a plastic bag for several days. If they last that long.
2 small contains plain yogurt
1 cucumber, deseeded and finely chopped
4 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of lemon zest or dried lemon peel (optional)
pinch of chipotle powder (optional)
Mix together. Let chill in fridge for about 30 mins. Enjoy.