pita bread

As a bread maker, pita bread should be easy and it is, except I have a hard time getting it to consistently rise into pockets. Am testing many recipes but so far have not found one that produces consistent results. Once I do, will post it here as making home made bread is one of the best things ever. It is MUCH less expensive than bread bought from a grocery store or bakery and is usually much better. One can also control what goes into the bread and what doesn’t. When I was a little kid, I never understood the reference to bread as the “staff of life”. Could not see what people got so excited about. And yes, I know that nowadays bread gets a bad rap due to carbs and gluten and being white and all of that. But bread can be nutritious…particularly if it is whole-grain and made without many additives and sugar. One of the things I really like about pita bread is that one does not usually eat tons of it….if the pocket forms correctly, then you can cut it in half and have a pocket with two very thin sides….just enough for a bread experience, but you can fill the pocket with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, parsley, falafal or humus or feta and you have a wonderful meal.

About Helen Akinc

Writer: The Praeger Handbook for College Parents, Praeger Publishing, Dec. 31, 2009; Inter-cultural coach: Teaching Intercultural Competency Program for International Studies, Wake Forest University; speak Turkish, Cook: Very interested in ethnic cooking and am working on a Turkish cookbook;
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