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Monday, June 4, 2012

Pita Bread Bakeoff.... UDS vs Char-Broil Quantum

The title makes it sound more exciting than it was. :)
Actually, I was getting ready to bake some pita bread in my drum but the temperature wasn't coming up to where I needed it... so I lit the Char-Broil gas grill and cranked it on high. (I was in a hurry :))










I lit the drum and set my cast iron skillet inside to heat up..





Made my pita bread...
1pkg yeast dissolved in 1 1/4 cup of warm water
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
knead and let it rise for 2 hours or until doubled










divide into 8 to 12 pieces and let them rest for 20 minutes..

 

roll into 5-6 inch circles..

 

ready to bake...

 


I threw one in the drum and it would not "puff". It pretty much stayed flat and browned.. That's when I tweaked the air intake, opened it all the way and scooted the drum around to catch more of a breeze.


 

While waiting to see if the drum would be able to heat up, I lit the Char-Broil and cranked it up to high heat. Added some Grill Mates and a couple of pitas...


 


It didn't take much time at all before the pitas in the Char-Broil "puffed". :)


 

When I checked the drum pita... it was "puffing" too! :)


 

I kept both cookers busy...

 

While finishing up the remaining pita bread, I sliced some greek pork braid and heated it in the drum skillet with a few minced scallions...


 











made some tzatziki sauce...


 


and enjoyed the rest of the day....












I loved it! The pita bread had a nice light smokey flavor. The Greek pork braid was already one of my new favorites (Thank you again Rolf!! :)) ...and the tzatziki sauce added a new level of flavor I had not tried before.
 You can bake pita bread in an oven at 500 degrees F for about 5 minutes. When using the grill or smoker I found the bread does not brown on top. I gave them a quick turn to brown the tops too. I'll definately make these again. :) Next time I will double the recipe on the pitas, these went fast!

16 comments:

becky3086 said...

Wow, I have never seen anyone make pitas. What a great job. Love your drum cooker, haven't seen one of those either.

Old Smoke said...

WOW! Pita bread on the drum, those look soooooo good. I'll have to try them sometime. Fresh bread is how I maintain my slender girlish figure.....;) lol
Wednesday morning we're off to see the kids and grandkids in WA, for a couple of weeks. See ya when I get back..

Big Dude said...

I've never even considered making pita, but I will now. Yours is the best looking I've ever seen. And your plated meal looks awesome - I need to pay more attention to how you plate.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Always a treat to visit... Love the tutorial and will be giving these a shot soon

Love that plate photo

Dave

panthers76 said...

That looks great. I am definately going to try the pita for sure.

Thanks for sharing Jeanie.

Bill

cowgirl said...

Thanks Becky! The pitas are pretty easy to make. I like them a lot better than store bought.
Thanks for stopping by too. :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Rick! :)
Sounds like you're going to have a great trip! Hope you keep safe and take lots of pictures. :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Larry! That's nice of you to say. :)
Hope you give pita a try. It tasted pretty good hot off the cooker with butter. It was hard to save them for the sandwiches. :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Dave, it's good to see you! :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Bill! I still haven't posted pics of that pulled pork pizza with dill pickles on top. I really appreciate your suggestion. It was really good!
Thanks again Bill. :)

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Oh my. That looks like a ton of hard work! Very fun though, too.
~Aidyl

safetymedic said...

Hey Ms. Jeanie,

Another one of your marvelous masterpieces, that plate should be framed. I am definetly going to make some pita bread, I think I see that happening this weekend. Looks great.

Chris G.

cowgirl said...

Thank you Aidyl! I appreciate you stopping by. :)

cowgirl said...

Chris thank you! :)
Hope the turn out well for you. I wish I would have made more of them.
Hope you are having a nice week Chris. :)

Rueben said...

Cowgirl, this is just totally awesome. I love how you put it together, prepared it all and presented it. The only thing missing was me taste testing. I can never get it right the first time so it would have probably taken me quite a few tries before I could come up with an "unbiased" opinion.
(:)

cowgirl said...

lol Thank you Rueben!! I would have shared with ya.
Hope you are having a great weekend. :)