From Thailand, Asian Food Fest now moves to West Asia. There are quite a number of countries that fall under this region namely Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq and a few more. For more details, you can find more information over at Just As Delish. I want to start off by making something more familiar to myself that is pita bread. It is widely used in Middle East cuisines, like a staple food but pita is not an arabic word, it is a Greek word. Other than pita, there are so many more kinds of flatbreads that are consumed by the people of the above countries that i mentioned. .yes so many more ..hopefully i can try making another one before this event ends by end of this month.
Pita can be shaped into oval or round and it can opened up to form a pocket to fill in a variety of fillings. And of course, one common way of eating pita by the middle east people is dip the pita into some hummus or spoon the sauces or dip onto the pita. I have also made some eggplant dip which is called Baba Ghanoush, to go with these pita bread, to be shared next. The pita bread which i made here are wholewheat type, more wholewheat flour than white flour. It tasted a lot more..err..wheat-y?..and it is soft. As this is my first time making a pita bread, i was quite excited to see how it puffed up in the oven. If it doesnt puff up by 3 minutes as per the recipe, wait for another minute, that's what i did..you will see the puff in action.
Recipe ( from xawaash.com ) with some changes
makes 6 or 8
140gm bread flour
280gm wholewheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp olive oil ( i used 1tbsp )
300ml lukewarm water
1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast together with a fork. Attached dough hook and let the mixer run on low speed. Pour in half the water and oil. Then pour in the rest of the water and knead for 5 minutes.
2.Remove the dough , shape into a ball , cover with a cloth and let proof for 1 hour.
3. Divide into 6 or 8 equal pieces and shape them into round. Cover and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
4.Roll them out into circle with 1/4 inches thick, transfer onto the baking tray and let it rest for 10minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 260C for 3 minutes. ( i baked mine at 250C for 4 mins )
|i baked them in 3 batches, 3-3-2|
For all white pita
320gm plain flour/bread flour
2tsp instant yeast
2tbsp olive oil
270ml lukewarm water
I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest ( West Asia ) hosted by Shannon of Just As Delish