When we watched the animated Aladdin, we wanted to do a snack plate similar to what we did for Frozen 2. With that, though, I wanted to make something that perhaps Aladdin and Jasmine would have been eating, too.
Something simple to make that I knew would be a crowd pleaser: pita bread!
- 1 C warm water
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2.5 C unbleached, all-purpose flour (plus more for sprinkling/rolling)
- 1-2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- In a large bowl of a standing mixer, or just a large bowl if you don’t have a standing mixer, combine your warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir until the sugar and yeast are dissolved.
- Stir in 1/2 C flour and let the mix sit for 15 minutes, until it starts to foam.
- Add in your oil *, salt, and 2 C flour. Use a dough hook to mix until your dough is well combined. If you aren’t using a standing mixer, use a wooden spoon until the dough looks something like this:
*start with 1TBSP oil. If your mix seems dry, add the extra tablespoon.
- Knead your dough (if not using a dough hook) on a flour-dusted surface for around 5-10 minutes. The dough should be soft and moist (but not sticky).
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap in the bowl for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
- Remove dough and divide it into eight pieces, rolling them into balls.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Taking one ball at a time, roll them into a thick circle that’s around 6-8 inches wide, sprinkling with extra flour if it sticks.
- Cook each pita one at a time in the skillet until an air bubbles form, then flip and cook for one more minute.
We made a yummy snack tray for the pita. Here’s what I served (favorites in our house):
Hummus, garlic-stuffed olives (these were mostly for me), grapes, pistachios, provolone cheese, strawberries, and raspberries stuffed with white & semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pita bread recipe adapted from delish.com.
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