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Homemade spelt pita bread

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 by in Appetizer, Basic recipes, pantry staple, Recipe Box, Side Dish

homemade spelt pita bread

Homemade spelt pita breadhomemade spelt pita bread

I have literally never met anyone that doesn’t love pita bread. A long time ago, I thought you could only enjoy this at a restaurant. For some reason, it never really occurred to me that you could make this at home.  Well, you can, and it couldn’t be easier! Homemade spelt pita bread is not only simple, but fun to bake. My boys love watching it puff up in the oven within minutes. Obviously, their absolute favorite part was devouring the spelt pita bread straight from the oven.

 

 

 

 

 

homemade spelt pita breadPlaying with flours

 

Most recipes call for white flour, it is the most commonly used flour. The next most popular flour is whole wheat, followed by white whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flour. I really like to experiment with different flours like almond flour, rice flour and spelt flour (just to name a few). Spelt flour is the perfect substitute for whole wheat flour. Spelt flour has many health benefits and has a nice light, yet hearty flavor to it. Homemade spelt pita bread will become a new favorite recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

homemade spelt pita bread

 

 

quinoa tabouleh salad in a spelt pita bread pocketPut it in a pocket

You can dip homemade spelt pita bread in Easy Homemade Hummus or split them open to reveal a cute little pocket.

You can put whatever you heart desires in your pita pocket.

Some of my family’s favorite fillings are :

 

nut butters and fruit

hummus and veggies

quinoa tabouleh salad and lettuce

vegan almond ricotta tomatoes and basil

 

 

A fun bread to make at home

These adorable homemade spelt pita bread pockets whip up from beginning to end in about 2 hours 20 minutes. Most of that time is waiting. homemade spelt pita bread dough

homemade spelt pita bread dough ballsOnce you have made the dough, let it rise in a warm spot in your kitchen. Next, you will divide the large dough ball into about 12 smaller sections. Once you have divided your dough, use a rolling pin to roll them into flat, round circles about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Set aside and allow them to rise for about 10 more minutes, while you pre-heat your oven to a whopping 450 degrees. If you own a baking stone, this is a chance to use it. Place either your stone or your pan in the oven during the preheating so that it will be super hot. Place the rolled out pitas directly onto the stone/pan (as many as will fit) and let them bake for about 3 minutes. They will begin to puff up almost immediately. Once they are fully puffed up and golden brown, they are done.

homemade spelt pita bread puffing up in the oven

spelt pita bread puffing up in the oven

 

Homemade spelt pita bread is a cinch to prepare and totally worth it! This delicious pita bread is the perfect snack when paired with hummus, or the perfect pocket to hold your favorite sandwich fixings.

Cook Time:4 min
Prep Time:2 min
Total Time:2 min
Category:appetizer
Yield:1 dozen small pitas
Method:Baking
Ingredients
* 1 cup warm (not hot) water (95-110 degrees)
* 2 tsp yeast
* 1 tsp agave, maple, molasses or other liquid sweetener of choice
* 2 1/2 cups Spelt Flour
* 1 1/2 tsp good quality salt
* 1 tbls olive oil ( may sub avocado oil)
Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Place your baking stone/pan in the oven so that it will be HOT

2. Place warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer

3. Sprinkle yeast over the water and let sit for about 5 min, Yeast should get spongey and bubbly

4. Add salt, and agave

5. Add 1 cup of spelt flour

6. Turn mixer on low with flat paddle attachment

7. Add reaming flour and switch to bread hook once dough becomes shaggy

8. Drip in oil

9. Allow the dough hook to knead the dough on medium for about 5 minutes or until a smooth shiny ball has formed

10. Take dough and place it in an oiled bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm spot in your kitchen

11. Allow dough to rise for about 2 hours

12. Divide dough into 12 equal parts

13. Roll each ball into a flat disc

14. Place pita onto the palm of your hand and flip onto the preheated baking stone/pan, fitting as many on as possible

15. Bake for about 3 minutes until puffed up and golden brown

16. Place on a baking rack and cover with a towel while remaining pitas bake

17. Pitas are best eaten the same day, however, you may store them in an airtight container for up to two days.

18. Re-heat in the toaster or oven

19. May freeze pitas with a layer of parchment in between for up to two months. Re-heat in the oven
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