Jul 9, 2010

pita chips.

remember when i posted this picture a few weeks ago?

you prolly thought i had forgotten all about our raw food diet from last month already. & food all together. it is not not not true, folks.
its been awhile since i've posted any recipes, i know. but that has aaall ended.

i'm going back to recipe thursdays (after today!) since i know some house stuff is probably going to creep onto my blog. a lot.

this is adapted from 101 cookbooks. i made the recipe so you can soak the wheat. & they were delicious. seriously. delicious. they were quite a bit like pita chips.

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. of sea salt
1 cup of warm water
1/3 cup of olive oil

okay. i mentioned soaking grains before. its a completely new thing to me. you can get quite a bit of info on it here & here. but if you aren't going to click on those, i will just tell you super quickly - the benefits of soaking either grains or your flour is because whole wheat contains phytic acid, which prevents your body from absorbing most of the nutrients IN your wheat. & why else would we be eating the stuff if it weren't healthy for us? by soaking the wheat in water & an acidic substance (i.e. kefir, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar etc…) over a period of 18-24 hours, it breaks down almost all of the phytic acid - allowing your body to absorb nutrients & break down the wheat.

this has been the easiest recipe i've done it with because of the water in the recipe - i've also tried muffins & cookies & they've all been delicious. honestly. i've seen on several blogs people have said that by soaking, the really wheaty "super healty" taste that whole wheat can have is neutralized quite a bit. i think that is true too. i made cookies the other day & substituted 3/4 of the white flour for whole wheat & daniel didn't even know. he ate about 4 before i even told him. so there :P

i will give you MUCH more info about all of that once i figure it all out for myself. but for this recipe its easy peasy.

no. 1
put your 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat in a bowl (i put mine in our kitchen aid so its all ready to go the next day) & add your 1 cup of warm water. now, we're soaking, remember? so you will also want to add about 1 tbs. of lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar etc…) per cup of wheat. mix together well & cover your bowl so it doesn't dry out. i cover mine with a damp cloth. let sit 16-24 hrs on your counter. the longer the better.

no. 2
come back the next day & add 1 1/2 cups of white flour, 1/3 cup of olive oil & 1 tsp. of sea salt. knead for about 10 minutes by hand, or pop on your kitchen aid for about 5 minutes - the dough should be just a pinch tacky, but not too sticky to work with if that makes sense…you can add a bit more flour or water if you need.

no. 3
shape dough into a large ball & cut into about 12 pieces. rub each piece with a bit of olive oil, shape into a small ball & place on a plate. cover with a dishtowel or plastic wrap & let sit for 30-60 minutes.

no. 4
preheat oven to 425 degrees & insert a pizza stone if you have one. i don't. so a cookie sheet is fine.
use a rolling pin to flatten each little ball of dough. you'll want it pretty pretty thin.

no. 5
cut dough with a knife to pretty much whatever size you want & place on a floured cookie sheet.
poke each cracker with a fork a few times so they wont puff.

you can also add any other 'toppings' you want. extra sea salt is yummy. i added fresh rosemary too.

no. 6
bake in oven until deep gold. i think that was about 8 minutes for me? it will make several batches in your oven, so test a few to decide how thick/golden you like them. i liked them best reaaally golden. like, almost burnt looking.

they stay good for several days before going stale. i popped ours BACK in the oven after about a week for a few minutes, & they were just as yummy again.

let me know if you try/like them. they really are easy to make. & yummy with hummus or salsa :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm about to try these with maybe some onion powder and paprika!