What is the use of having a cookbook if you don’t make at least one recipe from it? For a while now we have owned Damn Good Food by chef and owner Mitch Omer of Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis. We’ve been there many times now and everything on the menu is absolutely amazing. I wanted to try something different that I have never made before, so I went with their Caramel Pecan Rolls. I just made half of the books recipe and some aspects were failing for me so I had to make some slight changes. Otherwise, it was superb. They were a lot easier than I first thought. The dough itself is slightly sweet rather than being bland and letting the filling and caramel carry it. My husband keeps raving about it as he finishes off the last of them. The caramel itself isn’t overly sweet either which gives the rolls a nice rounded flavor that doesn’t make you run for a glass of milk to wash it down. I’m going to make these the next time my mother-in-law comes to visit as she adores caramel pecan rolls, and I will use any opportunity available to impress her.
I have always wanted to make pita bread, mostly because well I like to bake and I love pita sandwiches. I read a few different recipes and the ingredients are basically the same. Just some slight different techniques to cooking. I tried one batch by brushing it with olive oil, one with nothing, and one brushed with water. I found the ones that had water brushed on the top prior to baking had the best results with puffing up, and softness. One thing to take note of is when rolling out, make sure to try and keep thickness evenly distributed. I had a few that had some thin spots, they didn’t puff up as well or at all. I made alterations to the recipe based on what I did.
I was in a hurry, no that’s a lie. I was playing Final Fantasy 13, so I tossed everything in a bread machine on the dough setting so I could beat a boss fight. Yep, bringing my gamer geek side to my blog. I am not ashamed. Back to the food. Granted using the bread machine helped, but it was a lot easier then I thought it would be to make these. I was afraid of not having pita pockets but really big chips. I wrote the directions with what achieved the best results for me in regards to softness, puffy domes, and ease. Enjoy.
Basic Pita Bread
- 1 1/8 cups warm water
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 Packet (7g) Active Dry Yeast
Place all ingredients in bread pan of your bread machine, select Dough setting and start. When dough has risen long enough, machine will beep.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll and stretch dough into rope form. With a sharp knife cut it in half. Cut one of the halves into half, and then cut each of those into half. Giving you four equal portions. Repeat with other half of original cut of dough, ending with eight equal portions.
Lightly flour your hands and kneed each portion into smooth ball. Cover with a tea towel. Only roll out what you are going to bake 3-4 at a time. Roll each ball into a 6” circle. After each is rolled out. Place on a lightly floured cookie sheet laying flat but not overlapping, cover with a tea towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat you’re oven to 475F.
After 30 minutes, lightly brush the tops of the dough with water, and place in the oven. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or just until turning slightly golden brown. Remove from tray and wrap in a damp tea towel to soften. Once they are soft cut in half with a sharp knife or keep whole. They can be stored in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 or 2 months.