Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's a matter of making Pita's....with Natural Leavening!

I have shared the fact that I had taken a series of classes with "Natural Leavening".  I am enjoying using this new "tool" in my skill set.  It is similar to Sourdough, but you do not use Yeast to begin the starter etc.  

Today, I want to show you how I made Pita's using this wonderful method.  I apologize in the I cannot give you the exact recipe because it has a copyright.  However, the folks I took the course from are planning to publish a book this until then:).

After making the dough with the starter, let it sit in the refrigerator to get cool.  Now, if you are like me....about this point I would be thinking "I don't have time for this!".  Believe it or not, this method works around my insane schedule...and I kid you schedule is really insane right now.  To make Pita's having chilled dough is easier to handle.  This dough was made on a Thursday evening, but because of that afore-mentioned schedule I couldn't even get to the Pita's until Sunday.  I love the fact that the dough/starter can wait for me....a serious requirement for me:)

With Natural Leavening, putting the starter or dough in the refrigerator tends to stop the 'process' at that point in time when placed in a cold environment.  So, I took the chilled dough out of my refrigerator...on Sunday....and did the following:

Form the dough into a ball.

Heat your Pizza Stone in a very hot oven at 550 degrees.  I'll be honest, I didn't even know my oven could get that hot.

Divide the dough into even sections.

Roll the dough into a circle.

Notice that I can easily pull the 'disk-of-dough' off my counter.  Also notice that I didn't use flour on the counter surface.  It's not necessary with this dough.  Isn't that great!

Place the disks on your hot Pizza Stone in your oven.

Leave the dough in the oven for 3-5 minutes and watch the magic.  It just 'blows up'.  

Take the pita's out of the oven and let them cool on a towel.  Then cut them in half.

This is the inside of one of the Pita's (Please know that this one really puffed up....and stayed puffed up...which is great for photo's!  The rest acted like they were supposed to!).

Here are the Pita's....all done!

You can stack them to store them.

Here is my dinner.  You may ask about the taste as I only used Whole Wheat Flour....they were delicious.  I had several left over, so I sealed them in Food Saver bags and put them in the freezer for a quick meal when we are having another 'insanely crazy day'.  

I would highly recommend this method. It is one that I can actually do!  It can wait for me if I need it to, and I don't have to babysit it.  I can't tell you how important that really is.

So, watch for their book.....I recommend!

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