Sunday, August 8, 2010

Recipe: Whole Wheat Flax Seed Mini Pitas

I love pita bread, and due to my adoration of all things mini, I decided to try my hand at making some mini pitas.

I think perhaps there was a little too much flax seed.  It was kind of dominant as a flavor.  I might decrease that when I make them again.  And I will be making them again.  I made them with 1 c of flax seed.  I decreased that to 1/2 c in my recipe below.  Feel free to add more if you like.

I did two thicknesses when rolling - half of them, I rolled through my pasta machine on the thickest setting.  These turned out more like naan and didn't puff up properly.  They were also too big to be "mini."  

The second half, I flattened with my palm.  These puffed up beautifully and were more in line with my idea of "mini" pita.  This is the thickness I will be posting in my recipe below.  (The one below is one of the smaller ones.)

Whole Wheat Flax Seed Mini Pitas

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 c water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c ground flax seed

Place ingredients in bread machine in the order specified by your manufacturer (or, you can use a stand mixer to mix the dough).  Set on dough setting.  When the dough is finished, punch it down and divide into about 30 small, even pieces.  Cover with a towel and let rest for about 20 minutes before rolling.

Flatten each ball of dough with the flat of your hand into discs about 1/8" to 1/4" thick.  Place under towels to rise for about 15 minutes.

Place inverted cookie sheets into the oven and preheat to 400 F.  When the dough has risen, place discs on the cookie sheets.  Spritz the inside of the oven with water (this is optional, but helps with texture).  Close the oven door quickly (so the steam does no escape) and bake for about 8 minutes, or until pitas are puffed up and sound hollow when you tap on them.

Remove pitas from the oven and spray with cooking spray (this is also optional, but helps to soften the exterior).   Put the pitas in a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.  Pitas may deflate slightly, but they should still have a pocket inside when you cut them.
Hi.  My name is Pita.  Fill me with Goodness.

Keep in the fridge or freezer for longer storage.

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  1. Oh my goodness! these are too stinkin' cute! Ava needs some asap lol.

  2. You are too much Astrid! "Hi. My name is Pita. Fill me with Goodness". LOLOL!!

    You had me at "ground flax seed". Hello! Love it. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. If you really like flax, then you can feel free, of course, to put the entire cup in. ;)

  4. Ooh, thanks girl!!!

    We love mini-pitas, but I usually buy them at Kroger, must try these!!!

  5. If one uses a stand mixer, how long does one knead?

  6. Maybe 5-10 minutes? I don't know, I never use a stand mixer. I just know it can be done.