To think pitta bread is just shite?

(152 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:45:10

I mean...I'm always reading "Make pitta pockets!" and "Fill pitta bread with (insert gorgeous ingredients)

But when you do, it's like eating a brown envelope stuffed with ham etc. Dry, horrid. Again I have bought pittas from Sainsbos only to find they're dry and horrible! They don't even open up properly but crumble...it's the same whenever I buy them..is it the brand or are they just a shitty sandwich?

GrimmaTheNome Sat 22-Jun-13 20:50:28

No wholemeal bread flour. But had some wholemeal spelt which - despite carefully following the instructions for making bread with it had thus far yielded only bricks. So tried half white bread flour, half spelt - works just fine for pitta smile.

GrimmaTheNome Sat 22-Jun-13 17:51:52

>Did you know that the hummus and pitta starter at Nandos is nearly 800 calories

I'm sure that home-made pitta and hummus are far less than that and nicer too (there was a hummus thread recently - home made is incredibly easy and you can put in as much or as little oil as you want).

Just realised we're out of bread so I'm going to put on a batch of wholemeal pitta dough now.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 22-Jun-13 17:00:22

Fuck off piprabbit! shock

piprabbit Sat 22-Jun-13 16:31:17

Did you know that the hummus and pitta starter at Nandos is nearly 800 calories shock

NoelHeadbands Sat 22-Jun-13 15:50:51

Mmm I love pittas

Damn those carby bastards <shakes fist>

Iaintdunnuffink Sat 22-Jun-13 15:37:31

Fresh pitta is great, fluffy and easy to split. That cardboard stuff they sell over here is shit.

Kungfutea Sat 22-Jun-13 13:02:52

Trixy: the difference is day and night. Those sad oval dry cardboard tasting items have no right to be called pitta. The supermarkets are pulling a fast one and assuming that the consumers don't know better! We need a pitta revolution!

thistlelicker Sat 22-Jun-13 12:51:21

I was told u have to drizzle the tiniest amount of water on them shake off excess and then toast! But then I sure that person wants me to blow myself up. !! Ha

WinLipFry Sat 22-Jun-13 12:47:55

I did not know u should heat em either..... I've got some great ideas for them now, having a BBQ for lunch but I'm going to do some pittas for a tea time snack ..... Very excited! Nom nom nom ....

trixymalixy Sat 22-Jun-13 12:33:18

oh I really want to try a proper pitta bread now!!

Is it as big a difference as there is between supermarket crappy nan breads and the ones you get from an Indian takeaway?

ALittleStranger Sat 22-Jun-13 12:29:34

The revelations on this thread are a revelation. How do people get to adulthood without realising you have to toast pittas? Genuine question, I really am curious.

pudding25 Sat 22-Jun-13 07:50:06

If you live anywhere in North London, get to a Jewish bakery for some kosher pitta bread. The best ever. Amazing fresh or toasted.

piprabbit Sat 22-Jun-13 01:54:55

There used to be an Indian bar/cafe near where I worked that did the most amazing chicken tikka style coleslaw on very freshly cooked naan (you could see them cooking it inside the clay ovens). It was so fluffy and unlike the rather chewy offerings I'm used to [sigh].

Kungfutea Sat 22-Jun-13 01:35:10

I feel your pain Annie

Abu gosh is beckoning me smile

pollywollydoodle Sat 22-Jun-13 01:35:04

mmm 1kg pots of hummus on fluffy cloud bread...

YANBU, but I will amend your title to "AIBU to think that pita bread in the UK is just shite".

Stupid oval thin dry tasteless things you have here. DH and I laughed ourselves silly when we first saw them. And then we cried because we realised that we wouldn't be able to get proper pita breads. Which are:
1) round
2) much bigger
3) thicker
4) softer
5) actually contain some moisture

Whenever we go home to DH's country his family know to stock up and we gore ourselves on proper pita bread and hummous for the first day or two.

But things are looking up, someone at DH's work lives near a Middle Eastern bakery and gets them in for us. We're still on rations so no longer a staple in our house, but at least we don't have to go without completely.

I have absolutely no idea why a) anyone decided that making those cardboard pita breads was a good idea or b) why every supermarket decided to actually stock them.

sad

PS- you buy hummous in 1kg tubs over there too. We also laughed at the silly tiny 200g pots you get here.

(shakes head sadly)

AudrinaAdare Sat 22-Jun-13 00:58:37

I bought pitta bread after reading this.

Food-refusnik DS liking it - wonderful.

Getting confused about splashing with water and microwaving or putting in toaster and putting wet pitta bread in toaster - not so much.

pollywollydoodle Sat 22-Jun-13 00:48:51

killed the thread...may have to have a pittay party...

i'll get me coat....smile

pollywollydoodle Fri 21-Jun-13 15:11:24

what is this warming business??
put them in the toaster until they get a bit crunchy then slather philly and beetroot/onion chutney inside. my fave lunch smile

GoofyIsACow Thu 20-Jun-13 14:26:13

Oh my god! I have just toasted a pitta slathered a good 250g of butter on it and it was a.maz.ing.

The things you learn on MN never cease to amaze me!

thanks

Kungfutea Thu 20-Jun-13 03:00:40

I realise my description of artisanal pitta sounds a bit wanky and pretentious. But really - its honestly that good! The cupboard crap that they sell in supermarkets here has so little resemblance to real pitta that I almost wish the name were protected like champagne smile

Crinkle77 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:07:22

I really like pittas. Put them in the toaster for a few secs to warm through and they open much easier but not too long or they do crack and fall apart. Add humous or mayo to your filling if it's too dry.

tiggytape Wed 19-Jun-13 11:14:29

I never knew that you had to warm them up either. I quite enjoy them all cold and dough-ey

PointeShoes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:59:44

Try warburtons 'thins' instead. Much nicer. But yes you do have to toast pita breads.

themaltesecat Wed 19-Jun-13 10:57:43

I bought them thinking they might be like delicious, delicious lavash.

Never again.

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