Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pita Chips from Homemade Pitas

I've recently come to realize how incredibly out of shape I've gotten.  Something about the winter makes me hate exercise.  I think it is because it is always raining and dark when I get home from work during the winter, making jogging outside a pain.  Also, I hate treadmills and have an aversion towards working out in a gym in front of other people.  Clearly I need to work on these phobias in the future, but luckily it is summer now so I can jog outside again. Huzzah!  :-)

In an effort to get healthier I've made a midyear resolution to not eat any more "junk" food....unless I make it myself ;-).  This way if I really have a craving I can still have treats, but without all the extra salt/preservatives/high fructose corn syrup.  I'm a firm believer that there is no such thing as homemade "junk" food. If it's made with love, how could it be junk!? Well, we'll see how long this resolution lasts, but I'm having fun so far. 

Pita chips have been a weakness of mine ever since I started snacking on them during my lab meetings.  Salty and crispy and perfect to dip in hummus.  Luckily it turns out they are super simple to make at home and even better than the ones in the bag.  I love that I can flavor them however I want when I make them at home.   Spicy AND garlicky?  Yes please!

Perhaps I should make a "you too can bake bread!" series.  This recipe would certainly been in it.  The pitas by themselves are easy and super delicious.

For the pitas, adapted from Good Eats n Sweet Treats

Makes 8 pitas

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 packet instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water


Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and yeast.  Make a little well in the middle and add the warm water. You are supposed to add 2 tablespoons of oil at this point, but I totally forgot and the pitas still turned out amazing, so I'll continue to leave it out in the future.

With a wooden spoon stir the water into the flour until it forms a ball.  If it is too dry (not all the flour is incorporated) add more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time.  If it is too wet (you can't knead it without it sticking to everything) add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Knead the dough for 10 minutes.  I kneaded it by hand, you could probably also use a stand mixer.

Place the ball of dough in a clean, oiled bowl.  Cover and let rise until doubled in size--this should take between 1 and 2 hrs. Punch down the dough and divide into eight equal (or if you are me kind of similarly sized) pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then let the balls sit, covered, for 20 minutes.

While the dough is resting place a cookie sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 450F.  Take each of the balls and stretch by hand until they are about 1/4" thick and 6' in diameter.  You know, pita shaped!! =]  Throw them (so you don't burn yourself!) two at a time onto the hot sheet.  Bake for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.  Pull the done ones out with a set of tongs and throw the next batch in.

Cool and enjoy!

For the pita chips


Pitas, homemade or store bought
Olive oil
Spices--black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, or any other combination


Preheat oven to 350F.

Massage the whole pitas with olive oil, just enough so that the spices will stick on the outside.  Sprinkle with spices.  I used sea salt, cayenne and garlic powder.  I didn't measure, I just sprinkled.

Cut the seasoned pitas into chip sized pieces. Bake for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet, stirring once, until the chips are very crispy and browned.

Cool a bit and enjoy.  :-)  They are GREAT with fresh hummus or salsa.  ooooh, or guacamole!

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


Anonymous said...

Oh, I would never think to make my own pita bread! Genius. Because there is nothing better to eat with hummus.

And I love the diet plan--I agree, as long as you're making real food with real ingredients, you are already leagues ahead of those buying prepackaged stuff. Plus, if you're willing to go to the effort to make it, you have to really want it, not just eat it 'cause it's "there." (A problem I have if I buy chips/snackies/etc.)

Karla said...

Yep, that is EXACTLY my problem with chips and snacks. I like if they are there I can't stop eating them. When I make stuff for myself I can also just make little batches so there isn't a way to over eat them. :-D

Anonymous said...

I second the small batches--I have to do that with cookies, because if cookies are present I WILL eat them, but if I make them, I can make single-serving amounts.

Miz Helen said...

Your Pita's look awesome! I am going to give this a try. I would like to invite you to join us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!
Miz Helen

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those pitas look wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Miz Helen said...

I am so excited that you brought your Pita Chips to share with us today. They will be such a great snack. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon. I am your newest follower. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

Jodie said...

Hey Karla. Just tried these tonight. OMG! Wonderful. I just made the pita (maybe chips tomorrow). I tried seasoning a couple before I cooked them, and that seemed to work quite well too. Only problem I had was the pan lost heat really fast (first 2 cooked great, next two not as great). Did you have trouble with that? Did you let it re-heat 5 mins in between batches? Maybe try a pizza stone? What do you think? Thank you soooo much for the recipe!

Karla said...

Hey Jodie! I'm glad you liked it! I just left my pan in the oven the entire time and lifted the cooked pitas off with a pair of tongs..I'll update it to reflect that. Thanks soooo much for the feedback.


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