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Fajita Pitas

on April 2, 2015

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A fajita in a pita!

A fajita in a pita!

I wasn’t even tryin’ to be all cutesy with the name.  The plan wasn’t to eat these together, but after I made the pita, I couldn’t imagine NOT eating them with dinner and fajitas were on the menu!  So Fajita Pitas it was!

To be honest, I’m a little afraid of yeast.  I mean, it’s ALIVE… or something.  I don’t know… BRB!

Ok, back.  Well, I learned from the RedStar website that it’s a fungus.  Ok, so we’re working with a distant relative of the mushroom, a single cell organism that puts little holes in bread.  That’s not as scary as I thought!

And as I learned earlier, using it to bake isn’t as scary as I thought either… especially when you have a handy, dandy kitchen thermometer.

By the way, MY lukewarm isn’t very lukeWARM because I had to adjust the temp to be warmer about 5 times!

I used a meat thermometer on my water.

The package said between 110° and 115° F… almost there!

So after you get the yeast thing goin’ and get in a good arm workout by kneading the dough for a while, roll them out.

Doin' my baker GPA and husband's Lebanese relatives proud! <3

Doin’ my baker GPA and husband’s Lebanese relatives proud! ❤

Now, take a break.  Let them rest for a bit.  They’re tired from all that kneading, too!  Plus, they’ve gotta recoup some energy for some serious lifting power!

Don't mind my kids' smudge marks or my reflection in the oven door.  Look at those things puff a pocket!

Don’t mind my kids’ smudge marks or my reflection in the oven door. Look at those things puff a pocket!

Seriously, pita is so weird.  I couldn’t stop marveling at how they just puff a pocket in the middle and stay attached at the edge.  So strange.  So cool.  So perfect for filling with stuff… like FAJITAS!

Puffy Pockets!

Puffy Pockets!

Beautiful Bread!

Beautiful Bread!

I started with 9, but in both these pictures only 8 are present.  I admit it, I ate one right out of the oven… with butter!  Pita with butter?!  I know, but WOW!

Pita with fajita?!  WOW again!

8

Before…

...After!

…After!

KID TIP: cut up the filling before putting it in the pita!

KID TIP: Cut up the filling before putting it in the pita!

Pita Ingredients:

  • 1 T yeast
  • 1 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 t salt
  • 3+ c flour

Instructions:

  1. Use a large bowl to dissolve yeast in water, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt and 1 1/2 c flour.
  3. Beat with a whisk to make a batter.
  4. Add additional 1 1/2 c flour and mix with a rubber spatula or spoon until a rough, shaggy mass is formed.
  5. Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it with your hands for about 8 minutes, adding flour as you go to keep it from sticking.
  6. Roll it into a log and cut it into 6-10 dough balls.
  7. Use a rolling pin to flatten each ball into a disk that is uniformly 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Let the disks rest on the floured surface for 30+ minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  10. Gently flip each disk onto a baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes.

Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Share what you know about yeast.  Try this experiment from Scientific American before or after baking.
  • Give him a small portion of the dough to knead along with some extra flour to add as he sees fit.  Make this into his very own pita – keep track of it through the process and share this extra special one with him warm out of the oven!
  • Sit in front of the oven door while they cook and watch them puff up together!

This recipe for pita bread is modified slightly from Under the Highchair.

I made the “Easy Oven Fajitas” recipe from Budget Bytes and didn’t modify a thing because they’re perfect. 🙂

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3 responses to “Fajita Pitas

  1. I never thought to mix fajitas and pitas! I hate how messy fajitas can be but love the flavoring- this is such a smart combo! Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

    • Alicia says:

      These homemade pitas are a little sturdier too! My husband even commented on how they don’t tear like store bought pitas. Our 4 year old even managed to keep it all together… The 20 month old, not so much! 🙂

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