Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Pita Bread

Recipe No: 217
This is a very easy to make flat Bread. The dough is a bit on the sticky side, but it makes incredibly soft Pita.
Ingredients                                    Makes 8
  • All Purpose Flour/Maida....2 Cups + 4 Tablespoons
  • Yeast………………………………1 ½ Teaspoons
  • Warm Water………………….1/2 Cup + 1/3 Cup
  • Sugar…………………………….1 Teaspoon
  • Salt……………………………....2/3 Teaspoon
  • Olive Oil……………………...…2 Tablespoons
Method of Preparation
  1. Dissolve Yeast and Sugar in ½ Cup Warm Water and keep it aside covered, till frothy.
  2. Mix 2 cups of Flour and Salt really well; add the frothy Yeast mixture together with the rest of the Water and stir to make a sticky dough.
  3. Sprinkle 4 Tablespoons of Flour onto a flat surface (counter top or a big cutting board), dump the dough onto it and knead with a floured hand gently for 8 minutes. (If using a stand mixture knead for 4 minutes on speed 2.)
  4. Spread the Olive Oil in a big bowl and keep the dough in it  (turn the dough once to Oil the top) covered with a damp cloth in a warm place until it doubles in volume for about 3 hours.
  5. Once doubled, dump it back onto the Floured board and knead for 3 minutes more. (Knead for 1 ½ minutes on speed 2 if using a stand mixture)
  6. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and keep it covered on a lightly floured plate for 10 minutes.
  7. Preheat the Oven to 450˚F/232˚C with an Oven proof baking tray in it.
  8. Use enough Flour and roll out each portion of dough into 6 inch circles.
  9. Place it onto the hot baking tray and bake it on the lowest rack (or the one just above it) for 2 minutes on one side and 1 minute on the other or until the Pita is all puffed up and starts to brown here and there.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve hot; keep the left overs in an airtight plastic bag.
  • The dough of this Pita Bread is incredibly sticky. But the key to make a soft Pita is kneading the dough without using a large amount of Flour. So use extra Flour only if needed.
  • Please Flour the board and the rolling pin to avoid the dough from sticking.
  • Preheating the baking tray along with the oven is important as it will start cooking Pita the instant it is placed on the tray. (If you have Pizza stone that will work fine.)
  • Do remove the Pita as soon as it is cooked. But leave it in the oven for a few more seconds if you like it a bit toasted.
  • Usually Pita puffs up in the oven to make its signature pocket. It will go down once out of the oven or by slight pricking. (Puffing up is the sign of a well made Pita!!)

Make it enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love.


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