You can tell a lot about a person by what they keep in their pockets. As the lady who does the laundry in our house, I've become a connoisseur of pocket contents. A little boy is likely to have a string, rocks, and sticks that resemble guns. A little girl might have Polly Pocket accessories, lip gloss, pieces of paper with phone numbers on them, and a glitter pen. The husband's pockets might yield small quantities of change (the laundry room rules say finders keepers here), receipts, and ear plugs. And my pockets have wads of Kleenex in them. (I think I've mentioned my allergies before).
A pocket is a source of possibilities, a place of potential. It is an empty vessel waiting to be filled with whatever you choose. The same is true for bread pockets, also called pita bread. This month the lovely Ilva of Lucullien Delights chose pita pockets as the bread of the month for the Bread Baking Babes. Yeah!
I've always enjoyed pita bread. For some reason it opens me up to creative sandwich possibilities in a way that two plain slices of bread do not. So I was thrilled to take on the challenge of creating my first ever pita bread.
The dough is quite simple to make and went together easily, although my dough was quite wet and I wondered if I'd done something wrong. But when I put my rolled rounds into the oven on my preheated stone, they puffed up as if by magic. What fun!
We stuffed our pitas with spicy barbecued chicken, Persian cucumber slices, and a creamy gorgonzola dressing. A pocketful of deliciousness. The recipe and directions are on Lucullian Delights. Be sure and check out the other Bread Baking Babes for their pita success stories: Tanna at My Kitchen In Half Cups, Glenna at A Fridge Full of Food, Karen at Bake My Day, Mary at The Sourdough, Gorel at Grain Doe, Sara at I Like to Cook, Monique at Living on Bread and Water, Lien at Notitie Van Lien, and Katie at Thyme for Cooking.
If you'd like to bake along with us and be a Bread Baking Buddy, you have till the 10th to bake the pitas and send a link to Ilva. Then you'll receive a badge you can proudly display on your site and the satisfaction of knowing how to make your own delicious pita pockets!
Lastly, here's a cautionary video that explains that not all pockets are filled with good things. (Plus it's been making us laugh at the Cookie Baker house all week.)