Homemade Pita Bread

My husband knows me way too well.  Or I am just way to predictable.  He pretty much described, word for word, how I would write this blog post.  Not funny.  So this is pretty much how it goes…

Back in September, Matt and I went to the Food Truck Festival of New England, which you can check out here.  We are going again in June and I can’t wait!  So while we were there, Matt had a falafel in pita and has not stopped talking about it since.  I am pretty sure he thinks it is the best thing he has ever eaten.

Lucky for Matt, Near East sells a falafel mix.  But to make it special Matt wanted to make homemade pita bread.  It was a joint effort.  I made the dough and Matt grilled it.  We used the recipe from The Kitchn.

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Dough tends to intimidate me but there is nothing to be scared of here!

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As you can see, I had a little helper who didn’t want to keep his hands off :).  This recipe is very easy and the dough comes together in 10 minutes, tops.

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The only time-consuming part about this recipe is letting the dough rest for one to two hours, and you don’t even have to do any work!  I let this rest for two hours.

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Just roll out the dough to the size you want and either bake it or grill it in a cast iron skillet.  It does this amazing thing where it puffs up in the middle.

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Seriously, this is the most amazing tasting pita bread I have ever had.  Very soft and chewy and is delicious warm.

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And Matt had his falafel…

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Matt was very happy with his sandwich and we are both very happy that the pita bread came out so good!  This recipe is so quick and easy it is not even convenient to buy it in the store anymore!

A Simple Holiday

Almost 3 weeks have passed since Easter and I am just getting to this post now.  But that’s ok because the food I am going to share is not specific to the Easter holiday.  I just happened to make these recipes for this day but they are perfect for any day or get together.

The nice thing about Easter is that it is such an easy holiday.  There isn’t any rushing around and you don’t feel the need to be at a million different places at once.  We ate dinner at my in-laws and dessert at my parents.   I made a special breakfast for just Matt and I, an appetizer, and dessert.  And I wanted to make things I have never made.  I read through my vast selection of cookbooks and chose three great recipes.

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Let’s start with breakfast.  I wanted to make something I wouldn’t normally make for myself and Matt.  A fan of French toast bake, I made Joy the Baker’s Baked Coffee Cake French Toast.  What I loved most about this, other than getting to use my cast-iron skillet, is the crunchy edges of the bread.  It was a nice contrast to the rest of the dish.  If you want to make this easy and delicious breakfast, you must pick up the Joy the Baker Cookbook!

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Next I needed to bring an appetizer to my in-laws.  Again, I wanted to make something I have never made, and I was looking to make something more on the light side.  What is easier than salsa?!  I made The Picky Palate’s Teedo’s Famous Salsa, which is in this wonderful blog’s cookbook.  What I love about this salsa is there is avocado and a lot of cilantro in it!  You can’t go wrong with those!

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Last but not least, dessert.  When I think of Easter, I think of all the chocolate that goes along with it.  At this point, I have eaten plenty of Cadbury Mini Eggs so I wanted to make a dessert with fruit in it.  From the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which is also a blog, I made Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake.  Although this is considered a dessert, I think it can definitely be made as breakfast bread.  Just change cake to bread and you are all set!   Other than wanting to fall apart every time I moved this cake, it was very good!

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Easter 2013 was a success!  Luke had a great day of opening his numerous Easter baskets and it was so much fun to watch his excitement.  Spending the day with family is always a good time and of course delicious food always makes holidays that much better!

Fall Dessert Round-Up

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means the fall baking season will be coming to an end.  For the past few months, my baking has focused primarily on fall or in-season flavors such as apples and pumpkin.  I thought I would do a round-up of these wonderful recipes…just in case you need any ideas for Thanksgiving ;).

Apple Pie Crostadas     Source: Joy the Baker (Cookbook)

Zucchini Banana Bread     Source: Averie Cooks

Pumpkin Donut Muffins with Cinnamon and Sugar     Source: King Arthur Flour

Main Bait Apple Crisp     Source: Joy the Baker (Cookbook)

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting     Source: Averie Cooks

Apple Cider Spice Cake with Caramel Apple Buttercream     Source: Bird on a Cake

Apple and Banana Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze     Source: Averie Cooks

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Cupcakes     Source: Your Cup of Cake

Pumpkin Streusel Pudding Cookies     Source: Chef in Training

Pumpkin Cookie Cake with Caramel Pieces     Source: Willow Bird Baking

    

Apple Pie and Sweet Potato Pie – Making Pie with Joy the Baker     Source: Joy the Baker

Caramel Apple Butter Bars     Source: Sweet Simple Stuff

Once Thanksgiving has come and gone, I will jump right into Christmas themed desserts.  And just so you know, I am pretty obsessed with Christmas.  However, these are the recipes I have on my list for fall 2013 (and can hopefully squeeze in this week)!

Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Skillet Cake  by Joy the Baker

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie by Brown Eyed Baker

Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce by Chocolate Moosey

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze by Brown Eyed Baker

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles by My Baking Addiction

I am sure there are a few I left off…but I would say that’s plenty!