I’ve Got Something in My Pocket For You…

Welcome! Welcome one and all to the year 2007! I’m so upset! Crab people didn’t take over the planet at the stroke of midnight! Darn tabloid papers lied to me! Well, with that bit of good news, let’s get to the bad news of the FIRST Kashrut Alert of 2007! Casse Croute de Cheddar Cheese Flavored Crackers from CPD Distributing was found in gift baskets distributed by Wine Country Gift Baskets. The bad news is they bear an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union. As usual, if you see them, tell the OU ASAP! Also, there is a NEW Jewish TV channel called Jewish Life TV, or JLTV for short. They show their broadcasting live over the net, which is good for us who DON’T live in NYC or South Florida. For the rest of us, our cable companies -might- get the channel in 5-10 years… That was a quote from my local cable company, I kid you not. Then they tried to suggest I pay $10 more a month for their religious block, AKA 20 or so all Christian channels. Oy… Does this seem fair to anyone? Am I wrong to be upset that they’ll give every Christian channel out there space, but not ONE for a Jewish cable channel? Ah, well. Just seems screwed up in the head to me.

So, now that my weekly rant is done, let’s get to cooking! Now, one of my favorite foods out there is falafel! And, the best falafel is served in pita bread with cucumber sauce! But, pita pockets are so expensive! Wouldn’t it be great to… I dunno… Make your own? YES! Let’s get together today, and I’ll teach you all to make Pita bread! Yes!!! What a way to start the new year!

We start with a large bowl. First, we want to combine together 1 1/4 Cups Warm Water and 1 Package Active Dry Yeast. Give it a few minutes to bloom up, then add in 2 Cups Flour, 1/4 Cup Shortening, and 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt. We combine by beating with a hand mixer on LOW for about 1/2 a minute, pausing to scrape the sides as needed. Then, we switch to HIGH and blend away for another 3 minutes or so. Now, take 1 1/4 Cups Flour and slowly start sifting it into the dough as you stir it with a wooden spoon. If you think it’s starting to get too dry, feel free to stop adding flour, all right? Now, turn it out onto a floured surface, then knead in the last bit of flour that you couldn’t stir in. We want to knead for at LEAST 3-5 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and smooth. Cover with a towel and let it rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.

NOW we get to the fun part! After it’s rested, you want to split the dough into 12 or so balls. Once the balls are made, cover them in a lightly DAMP towel this time for another 10 minutes. Now we’re going to gently flatten each ball into a circle and recover for 10 more minutes! Don’t worry, this is the LAST of the resting/rising! Now, flour out your surface, and roll the dough out to 7-8 in. across. DO NOT LET THE DOUGH GET POKED, RIPPED, OR CUT IN THE ROLLING! If it does, you WILL regret it! Set the pita dough onto cookie sheets, two doughs to a sheet. I usually bake four at a time with two cookie sheets, just to move it along quicker. bake them in a preheated 450 Degree F oven for three minutes, then use a spatula to flip the doughs over. Bake for another 2-3 minutes, then pull them out to rest on a cooling rack. There you go! To serve, just slice the pita in half, and you’ll have a nice pocket inside ready for whatever you care to fill it with!

I hope you enjoyed this first article of 2007! Remember also the 1 year anniversary of RKC is at the end of this month, so let’s all have a ripping good time to celebrate! Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

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January 3, 2007. bread, Jewish Links, Kashrut Alerts, Personal, recipes.

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