Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pita Zaatar Bread

Pita Zaatar bread is So easy to prepare and so delicious. This recipe for Toasted Pita with Zaatar is a definite must-try. Serve with Greek Salad for a light summer meal. Zaatar is a Middle-eastern herb similar to thyme. Family, Friends, and kids all love this bread.

Ingredients - Pita Zaatar bread:
  • 3 Cups white flour
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 8 Tbsp "Zaatar"
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp active dry yeast
Preparation - Pita Zaatar bread:
  1. In a small bowl mix the yeast, the sugar and ¼ cup warm water. Let the yeast mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl and add to the fermented yeast mixture.
  3. Start to knead the mixture into dough, while you gradually add the left ¾ cup warm water.
  4. Continue to knead the dough for about 8 minutes , until it turns into a firm, elastic dough.(if it's sticky add 1 or 2 Tbsp flour)
  5. Now create a ball shape out of the dough, and cover the bowl with a towel.
  6. Let the dough ball to swell for 1 hour, and then knead it for 2 minutes.
  7. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Each one about the size of a Ping-Pong ball.
  8. Cover 7 balls with a the towel, and leaver 1 for rolling.
  9. Roll gently 1 ball with a rolling-spin until it is ¼ inch thick, and 7 inches in diameter.Try to keep the pita in a rounded, elegant shape. Do the same with the other 7 balls.
  10. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper, and lightly grease with olive oil. Place 4 pitas on each tray.
  11. Stab each pita in a few spots with a fork. (very important step).
  12. Mix the olive oil and the "Zaatar" in a bowl. Then spread 3 Tbsp of this mixture on each pita.
  13. Insert the first tray into an oven preheated to 400°F.
  14. Let the pita "Zaatar" bake for 15 minutes and it's ready. Repeat with second tray.Whenever I have free time, I make Pita with "Zaatar".

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