Simple homemade pita bread that is so good you'll never want to buy store-bought again.
As you may know, I was on a little mini-girls-vacation. It was so nice to get away for a little while and have some time to myself without the kiddos. It had been more than a year since I took a little “me” time. Anyway, while I was on vacation, I get a call from my mom saying that my water heater is going out and it’ll need to be fixed. Great. Then I get a call from my husband saying that we need to turn on the sprinklers for the season but we can’t because the check valve thing is leaking again. Double great. Doesn’t is always seem that everything goes wrong while your away from the house? Or is that just me?
So when I get back from my relaxing couple of days, I usually expect to spend a relaxing weekend just snuggling my babies. Nope, not this time. Now I need to figure out what I wrong with my water heater, first, then my sprinklers. Oh, the joys of home ownership.
It turned out that (even though my water heater is only 7 years old) the heating elements were out and needed to be replaced. Easy fix and less than $25 for me and my mom to do it ourselves even though it took almost the whole day to drain the tank and figure it out. We have hard water here and so the lime buildup is what caused them to go out so soon, so I believe that we will be investing in a water softener very soon so that this will not happen again. All-in-all, easy fix, now I just need to figure out what is wrong with the sprinkler check valve. After opening it up, I realized that the previous homeowner added 2 different o-rings to stop it leaking on them, which of course is not what you are supposed to do. So the o-rings cracked and were no longer stopping the water. Another $0.69 fix from Ace Hardware and all of my homeowner duties are done!
I thought after that I would want to relax but, alas, no. Now I had been doing things all day and I had energy to keep going. So I decided to whip up some pita bread to go with the dinner we were having. Yum.
This pita bread is so delicious and soft that it makes me never want to buy the store bought pita bread again. It super easy to make and after you let the yeast activate and dough rise for a couple hours, it only takes a couple minutes to cook in a pan and create yummy little pockets of goodness. Then just add your favorite stuffing and you ave yourself an excellent meal.
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- 1 cup water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- vegetable oil for brushing
- Combine water, yeast, and honey into a bowl stirring once to mix. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and salt until the dough comes together, then knead with your hands to fully bring together. Place dough on floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
- Rub oil onto the inside of a bowl and place the dough inside the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set it in a warm space to let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
- Place dough back on floured surface and knead few times until smooth. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll out as thinly as you can.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brush with a bit of oil. Place the thin dough on the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds, just until it starts to bubble. Flip and cook for additional 1-2 minutes. It should get puffed and have a couple dark and golden spots. Flip again and cook for additional minute. Set aside and repeat with remaining dough.
- Serve warm with your favorite filling.