Usually culinary efforts that make it into the public eye are perfect or darn near so. Today I am going to give you a wonderful recipe for _ _ _ _ bread, but believe me, the results were not perfect.
My sister Barb, who is a chef gave me her “fail proof” formula, and my daughter Maggie, a young but talented baker was on hand to share the experience.
_ _ _ _ Bread
Attach the bread hook to your mixer, put the bowl in place and add 2 cups of luke warm water. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of active dry yeast on top and let it stand for 10 minutes.
(This was easy…)
Add ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ Tbsp. of salt and 4 cups of flour. Turn on the mixer and let it run until the mixture starts sticking to the side of the bowl.
(Boy did it ever stick!)
Then add more flour, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until the mixture comes away from the sides.
(We ended up using an additional cup of flour)
Continue to let the dough kneed for 8 minutes.
(I don’t know what you do if you don’t have a strong mixer)
Remove the bread hook, cover the bowl of dough with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
(At this point we took Nacho (Maggie’s dog) for a walk)
Now get the oven really hot (450 F) and place the rack on the lowest position. Place a baking sheet on the rack to get it hot before you put the breads on it..
Shape the breads. Leave them on the counter for 10 minutes. Roll out as thin as possible, 6 – 8 inches in diameter and place them on the hot baking sheet. Bake for just 3 minutes
(Now… that doesn’t sound too hard does it? The problem was that our dough came out too sticky. We had to coat our hands in flour to even get “blobs.” No way could you roll them out, so we stretched them out as best we could. We then flopped the oddly-shaped breads onto to hot baking sheet… I managed to burn my arm a couple of times)
Repeat until all are baked. They will puff up
(Puff up? Ha, ha, ha…)
What kind of bread were we trying to make? Well, pita of course
(Can’t you tell?)
Now, when you attempt this at home, let me know if you got the “Shape the breads” part a little better than we did
Nacho liked them!