Pascha and Picnic

I made some Greek Easter Bread for Pascha. It came out huge! I didn’t expect that at all. I hadn’t dyed any eggs this year, so I didn’t put any eggs in the bread. You’re supposed to put a couple red eggs in the dough and then bake it. Oh well.DSCN0270 DSCN0271 DSCN0272 There’s a family at Church that invites the congregation over for a meal and an egg hunt. It was so awesome. They had BBQ pork, fried chicken, raw kibbe (which I did not try – I know… how lame of me), ribs, and ice cream bars at the end of the day. I LOVE ice cream. So good.DSCN0278 DSCN0277 DSCN0276 DSCN0275 DSCN0274 DSCN0287 DSCN0286 DSCN0285 DSCN0279 DSCN0280 DSCN0281 DSCN0282 DSCN0283 DSCN0284

Homemade Pita Bread

I have some hummus in the refrigerator, but no pitas or pita chips, so of course, I had to remedy that. And since I can’t go shopping because I’m watching the kids, I thought I’d make some. Let me tell you, they are hard to stop eating.

Here’s my recipe that I adapted from one that I found in a Greek cooking book.

2 cups water
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
3 cups white bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

I put the liquids and the salt in the loaf pan, then the flours, made a well and put the yeast in the well. I put it on the dough cycle. I originally used one cup of water, but when I checked on it mixing, I decided that wasn’t enough, so I added another cup. I think that I probably could have used another half cup of water because the dough was a bit crusty in some parts at the end of the cycle.

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I cut the dough into 12 pieces and rolled them out – the thinner the better. Make sure you have enough flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to the table. It doesn’t take a lot, but don’t forget about it – that gets messy.

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To cook, put a dry pan on medium high heat, when it’s hot, place a round of dough in the pan. In 30 seconds or so, flip it over, cook for 1-2 minutes on that side, it should pop up in some places. Then flip it over again and cook for a minute. While you’re cooking the rest of them, store them in between a clean dishtowel. It’ll keep them warm. Try not to eat all of them at once.

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Homemade bread development

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I made a loaf of bread last night. I used the rest of the white while wheat flour that I had and about a cup of the bread flour that I bought. It has a little dip in the middle, but the bread itself is a lot less dense than the loaves I’ve made in the past, so next time I’ll see what it’s like just using bread flour.

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Homemade Bread

I tried making bread in the Oster bread machine that I got as a wedding present. My first couple tries after I first got it failed miserably. The middle was sunken on both of my tries. I kind of gave up after that, but recently my husband encouraged me to try again. So with the help of pinterest, and good, fresh ingredients I think I was successful.

homemade bread

homemade bread