Hey, guess what...this is my 300th post! And for lack of a better topic, I'm going to show you PITA BREAD MAKING! :-)
(actually, if I'd had my act together I would have had some fun giveaways for you, but alas, I did not. But they're coming soon, I promise!)
So, my husband recently underwent some pay changes at work which have significantly impacted his paycheck- in a negative way. So I have decided to start working my thrifty muscles and try to stretch our dollars once more.
Luckily, for me that means trying my hand at making things that I would normally buy. Chicken salad was on the menu for this week, and we love to eat it in pitas, so I thought hey- why not see if I can make pitas?
I used this recipe for pita bread, and at the end I used the damp towel method for softening the bread. All in all, it was a very simple process- ingredients go into the bread machine set on the dough cycle (takes 90 min) then dough gets turned out, divided into 8 pieces and rolled into circles. They relax on the counter for 30 minutes, then get put into the oven.
Our family has a new pastime. It's called pita races- each child bets on a pita to be the first to poof up and they see which one poofs first. Lots of fun for a 5-year-old and 7-year-old! (okay, I admit it. I was pulling for the one on the left.)
They only take about 4-5 minutes in a 500-degree oven and then they look like this: bread UFOs.
Here's the one we broke open to sample. Mmmm, fluffy pita-y goodness. You can't tell in this photo, but the pockets inside turned out perfectly.
And there are our pitas, all soft and lovely, awaiting the yummy chicken salad that is to be their filling. Today's Thrifty Adventure = SUCCESS! My husband has actually asked if we can just skip buying sandwich bread altogether and just have me make these. Umm, okay!
Have you had any great thrifty successes lately? Leave a comment and share!