I like to bake fresh bread most days, but sometimes even though quick & part of my routine I simply don’t have time. On these occasions I have 2 recipes that I like to fall back on…. the first a homemade pitta bread & second a quick soda loaf…
So today is one of those days, somehow the morning has slipped away from me & I need to make something to go with the butternut & carrot soup that I’ve cooked up for lunch…
350g/3 cups strong bread flour
210mls/1 cup of warm water
15ml/1tbsp olive oil
7.5ml/1.5 tsp. sea salt
5ml/1tsp sugar or honey
7g/1.5 tsp. dried yeast
1. Add all dry ingredients to mixing bowl (i always make my bread in an electric mixer with a dough hook)
2. Add the oil & water into the bowl & mix for 6 mins or so until the ingredients are well mixed and the dough looks silky & smooth
3. Turn into a lightly oiled bowl, cover & leave for about 40mins
4. Divide dough into 6 –10 pieces & shape each one into a ball, cover & leave for 10 mins
5. Preheat the oven to 230/450/Gas 8 & place baking sheets or baking stone into the oven to heat^
6. Flatten each ball with the ball of your hand & roll out into an oval or round until they are about 5mm/1/4”thick
7. Place the pittas onto the heated baking sheets/stone & bake for 5-6 mins until they are puffed up & brown. It is also able to cook these under a hot grill.
8. Cool slightly & serve….
There will be no going back to the vacuumed sealed bits of cardboard once you have savoured these delights…you can also whip a few in the freezer for later just defrost & warm them gently.