I love my bread machine, it makes homemade bread so easy! I am positive that if I didn’t own it, we would be purchasing significantly more bread products at the store instead of making them at home.
Last week I tried making pitas in the bread machine. Now when I say I made pitas in the bread machine, this means I used the bread machine for the beginning steps of the recipe. The forming of the pita shape as well as the baking were done in the oven.
- 3 cups flour (used whole wheat)
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1¼ to 1½ cups water, roughly at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Add ingredients to your bread machine as directed in the manual. For my machine I add all the wet ingredients first and then the dry ingredients, adding the yeast last.
- Set your machine to the dough setting.
- After the machine has finished the dough cycle your dough is ready to be shaped into balls. I actually doubled this recipe, so I have twice as much dough in my machine as the recipe would normally make.
- Take your dough and divide it into eight pieces and roll with your hands into balls. They will be roughly the size of a racquetball.
- Cover with a damp towel and let them rest for about 20 minutes.
- While the dough is resting preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make sure whatever you will be baking your pitas on is in the oven during the preheat cycle. You want to put your pitas on a hot surface when you are ready to bake them.
- After 20 minutes roll out the balls into circles.
- Place pitas on the hot stone or cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes.
- The pitas will puff up in the oven while baking.
I cannot tell you how much better these taste than store bought pitas. The difference is amazing.
For those of you who have asked in the past about my bread machine here are a few quick facts:
I have a Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine. I purchased this machine for several reasons. First if you want to bake your bread in the machine it comes out like a normal loaf, not a super tall funny looking loaf. It also has a whole wheat cycle, and since most of the bread I make is whole wheat, this was a necessity.
I also like that it is has several programmable settings so you can create your own cycle and save it in the machine. The 13 hour timer function allows me to start my dough when it is convenient for me and finish my bread when it is convenient. Many times I will put the ingredients in at breakfast but not bake the loaf until right before dinner. This allows me to leave the house, or become engrossed in other activities throughout the day.
This machine is not cheap, the best price I have seen is about $199. I do use it almost every day and have been very happy with it.
More Homemade Bread Recipes to Try:
- Homemade Bagels
- Homemade Sweet Cornbread (Whole Wheat)
- Homemade Sweet Whole Wheat Bread
- Homemade Tortillas
- Homemade Whole Wheat French Bread Rolls
- Homemade Yeast Cinnamon Rolls