Who doesn’t like pita bread?
It’s tasty, easy to fill, and makes even a boring lunch seem special. The one drawback for us is that the store-bought pitas have ingredients I am not crazy about and they are pretty expensive.
So, I finally found the right combination of ingredients that gives us healthy pitas for just a bit of money. I think it costs me about $1.50 for 16 pita rounds or 32 halves. That’s a lot cheaper than the store and these are actually good for us.
Gather your ingredients and get ready. These are simple, fast, and from start to finish take less than 2 hours. They freeze beautifully, which is a plus. Feel free to half the recipe if making 16 seems like too much for you.
Once the dough is mixed and risen, divide the dough into two equal pieces and place on your clean counter or rolling mat.
Next roll out each piece into 6 to 7 inch rounds. At first I was using a ruler to be precise but then I just eyeballed it. I do that a lot when I’m cooking. Sometimes it works out well, and sometimes not so much.
Once they’ve rested for a bit, bake them in your 500 degree oven. They might puff up big like these, but sometimes mine stay just a bit puffy. I have no idea why sometimes they puff and sometimes they don’t.
Aren’t they pretty? After they cool completely, cut them apart and fill them with your choice of fillings. We often do baked chicken strips with hummus and salad greens. Egg salad is popular, as is black beans, cheese, and salsa.
I hope you enjoy these whole wheat pitas. My family loves it every time I take the time to make them. In fact, every time I make them I wonder why I don’t always have them on hand. Oh yeah, that’s because they get eaten up so quickly! Diane