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?

Wellthen Mon 17-Jun-13 19:46:52

It may be the brand as I have always found the open up fine. They are much better toasted though, even if you eat them cold. I like 'em.

Sparklingbrook Mon 17-Jun-13 19:47:07

YANBU I am surprised Amazon don't use them for packaging.

SDeuchars Mon 17-Jun-13 19:47:26

To open them properly, you do need to warm them first (and then watch out for the steam!).

Cakecrumbsinmybra Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:06

Um, do you pop it in the toaster first? Never eat one straight from the packet...

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:06

Warm them you say...who could be buggered? It's a butty! Gah. I suppose I might...what in the oven?

Cakecrumbsinmybra Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:36

Toaster!

Sparklingbrook Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:49

Warm packaging. Yum. grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:50

I have HEARD of warming them but thought it an option rather than a requirement!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:49:08

My toaster is bust. Oven?

orangepudding Mon 17-Jun-13 19:49:52

They need to be toasted unless you buy some from a Greek/Turkish shop.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:26

Make your own pittas, then they're not horrid. Much quicker than normal home-made bread as you can use the short pizza program, they don't really need to rise, and take 8 mins to bake.

FutTheShuckUp Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:27

You need to try the garlic and coriander pittas. Bloody yumtastic!

Sparklingbrook Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:40

Go and buy a Warbutons Toastie loaf. Sorted.

PseudoBadger Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:42

I either toast them, or do them in the oven covered with an olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper spread type thing. Then dip them in houmous.

MarianForrester Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:50

YABVU! Pittas are my staple diet grin

You need to toast them, though.

gimmeanaxe Mon 17-Jun-13 19:50:53

much better if you make your own

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:51:11

God. I really thought one could choose not to warm them! WIll they magically become moist?

GrimmaTheNome Mon 17-Jun-13 19:51:47

OTOH, having just read that you can't be buggered to warm a bought pitta, that last post is probably making you go hmm

DragonsAreReal Mon 17-Jun-13 19:52:00

microwave them if your toaster is out!

Hasitfallendownagain Mon 17-Jun-13 19:52:11

You have to warm them - then they will be lovely.

Best way to warm them imo is in a George Foreman grill. I reckon if you put them in a hot oven you'd need to wrap in foil to stop them going hard.

ParadiseChick Mon 17-Jun-13 19:52:28

They have to be warned! It's not optional.

Tiredmumno1 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:53:28

Grimma grin

Neo just stick it in the oven til it's warm enough to be cut open then let it cool down a bit before eating it.

AlfieBear87 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:53:31

Make them into crisps - they're amazing!

Slice in half, brush over with oil, cover with fennel, coriander and cumin seeds, sprinkle with salt, cut into triangles then bake for 10 mins............then use to scoop up your dip of choice!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeew you've not been warming them shock they are so delicious toasted yum yum seriously, tesco value wholemeal pittas can taste excellent when toasted, you're missing out.
Wait until you've done it you'll understand it all then grin

ifancyashandy Mon 17-Jun-13 19:54:25

30 secs in microwave. Job done.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:55:03

I don't; have a microwave! grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 17-Jun-13 19:55:25

And as for fennel and all that...I just wanted a sandwich!

EleanorFarjeon Mon 17-Jun-13 19:56:32

God I love pitta bread, but rarely eat it as I avoid carbs.

Toasted, cut into strips, with hummus. Gorgeous.

DisappointedHorse Mon 17-Jun-13 19:57:52

Microwave them! They become really moist.

Also, watch them carefully while they're in there, after about 20 seconds they blow up like a ballon. Take them out at that point and they're really easy to open. Watch out for steam.

They really are crap if not warmed.

PicklePants Mon 17-Jun-13 19:58:00

Ooh toasted pitta dunked in houmous - yum.

They're awful unless you warm them up, no wonder you think they're shite!

DisappointedHorse Mon 17-Jun-13 19:58:34

Bugger, missed the part about no microwave!

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Mon 17-Jun-13 19:58:50

They're awful unless toasted slightly. THEN they morph into soft pockets of deliciousness.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 17-Jun-13 20:00:08

No toaster or microwave? shock Maybe you could heat them on a dry frying pan like some indian breads...nope. Just stick to nice rolls or wraps until you fix your hardware.

PicklePants Mon 17-Jun-13 20:01:14

'Soft pockets of deliciousness'

Crikey grin

Hmmmm no microwave... ummmmm... grill them with the door half open for a few mins whilst you prepare the filling.

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 20:03:07

Splash each side with a bit of water and bung under the grill. They will magically puff up and be yummy.

The only problem with pitta is I can't stop eating it once I start.

Minoan Mon 17-Jun-13 20:03:15

You can warm them in the normal oven, put a bit of water on the top first so they don't get too dry. However, for you I would recommend Jamie Oliver's flatbread recipe for any recipe that would be for pitta, it is delicious and really easy to make, it is just like making pancakes but with a different batter.

Pitta is not nice when "raw". Stick them in the oven and enjoy.

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 20:04:23

Oh - and my top tip is to use a pair of scissors to cut off one of the long edges ready for opening. Much easier than trying to use a knife.

wigglesrock Mon 17-Jun-13 20:04:56

Grill them - split them. Fill with grated cheese, pineapple, maybe tomato and stick some sweet chilli sauce in - that's my dinner smile

Shiraztastic Mon 17-Jun-13 20:07:19

We once went to a far too worthy kids party at David Lloyd and they served carrot sticks, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grapes, and slices of unharmed white pitta, plus wedges of cheap cheese. My kids dangled the pitta strips around for a bit, before rejecting them as if to say what fresh hell is this

YANBU

Shiraztastic Mon 17-Jun-13 20:08:17

Unharmed = unwarmed in my universe thank you ipad

cerealqueen Mon 17-Jun-13 20:08:26

Open fill with humous, grated carrot and chopped ham, microwave for a minute, lovely!

gimmeanaxe Mon 17-Jun-13 20:08:38

I want some pitta now. Stuffed with hummus and veggies and chilli sauce and...<drools>

TheSmallPrint Mon 17-Jun-13 20:10:10

Toasted and dip in taramasalata - heaven!!

K8Middleton Mon 17-Jun-13 20:10:11

You didn't toast them? Pah. You philistine! No wonder they were foul.

They are lovely toasted and also BBQ'd.

Yabu and inept wink

TheSmallPrint Mon 17-Jun-13 20:10:59

Only toast on a low setting not on a toast setting though or else they will be like rock!

Sh1ney Mon 17-Jun-13 20:11:44

Ha ha at people not realising that they need to be toasted/warmed first

Naebother Mon 17-Jun-13 20:13:24

Definitely toast them otherwise its like eating polystyrene.

Branleuse Mon 17-Jun-13 20:13:32

you have to toast them. You cant eat them straight from the packet.
Lightly toasted, buttered, and then fill them. Preferably with loads and loads of halloumi

TheHonourableAlgyLacey Mon 17-Jun-13 20:14:47

Lightly toasted. But also, if you find them too dry then you need to try the M&S ones. They've got some olive oil in them and are delicious - much softer.

MalcolmTuckersMum Mon 17-Jun-13 20:18:17

I love pittas but they are so very heavy on the carbs so have to be avoided I'm afraid. If I do have a blowout I toast, split, cool and stuff with salad and hummous. Delicious.

I had some falafel recently at a "do" in unwarmed pitta pockets shock
My friend and I said we'd rather have had without the pitta.

But when toasted pitta is great !
One of my best meals ever was lunch in a Lebanese ? restaurant with massive fab flatbreads and freshly made houmous.
(Was a great discovery just over the road from a nursery school I was teaching in too)

SsimTee Mon 17-Jun-13 20:25:54

I very often just take them out of the packet, spread some concentrated tomato puree on them, a bit of salami, a bit of grated cheese and under the grill it goes. The kids love their baby pizzassmile

KittyPryde Mon 17-Jun-13 20:28:13

I love them with cheese and salad in, yummy. Aldi ones are good, they're fecking huge and v.cheap.

Make your own and you will be a convert. Look at Delia's recipe (she and I use a bread machine to make the dough). They are bloody lovely, soft and not at all dry and SO easy to make smile

Furball Mon 17-Jun-13 20:58:06

Make your own your say? Delia you say? right - I'm giving them a go

as technically I agree with op, but am willing to be converted

Xmasbaby11 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:00:42

They need to be toasted but still very dry and bland to my taste. In a few places you can buy better quality pitta breads and i think they are worth the money.

GoofyIsACow Mon 17-Jun-13 21:03:41

The things you learn on MN! Warm your pittas you say... Well bugger me!

Eilidhbelle Mon 17-Jun-13 21:08:45

Flick water at them before you toast them an they'll puff up. Then stuff them with hummus, falafal and creme fraiche, amazeballs. I'm really hungry.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 17-Jun-13 21:27:42

DD lives them so I love them too. At least it's food she's eating.hmm

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 17-Jun-13 21:28:09

Thry do taste much nicer though in Greece or Cyprus wink.

K8Middleton Mon 17-Jun-13 21:47:32

I fancy the flat bread receipe. Jamie was it? I approve of his pizza recipe so I have high hopes.

chocolatespiders Mon 17-Jun-13 21:49:14

Lidl wholemeal pittas are tasty and a bargain (39p) toasted with soup I have them everyday.

K8Middleton Mon 17-Jun-13 21:50:42

Found 'em, pinned 'em. Now just need to order yoghurt.

Steben Mon 17-Jun-13 21:54:36

Fry pittas in a tad of olive oil and butter and slice to serve dipped in hummus - IMMENSE

Mumsyblouse Mon 17-Jun-13 21:59:22

I always loved pitta, but I've just discovered the water trick (quick dunk under the tap for one millisecond as you might do with a naan bread). It makes them even softer and more delicious.

I also like them if you toast the outsides under a flat grill, then put cheese on one uncooked side, melt the cheese, then put the cooked top back on and grill for a few secs. Better than cheesy toast.

usualsuspect Mon 17-Jun-13 22:00:53

Horrible things.

fuckwittery Mon 17-Jun-13 22:04:11

Oh they are magically transformed in the toaster, steam gets trapped inside and makes them all moist, slather butter on the inside (mind the steam!) while still warm. They stay soft all day so delish for sandwiches. Never tried them warmed in the oven but i think i'd be tempted to sprinkle some water on if i did it that way.

Boomba Mon 17-Jun-13 22:05:01

white ones, NOT wholemeal!

in toaster

carrots and humus

lush

pickledsiblings Mon 17-Jun-13 22:06:34

I don't think anyone has mentioned that you can pop them in the toaster straight from the freezer - that's what I love best about them, so convenient.

SoupDragon Mon 17-Jun-13 22:06:47

I make my own. From ingredients to bread in under an hour and eat them straight from the oven. Fabulous.

Blondie1984 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:19:18

I buy the m&s ones, zap in microwave for 20 secs, split open and fill

quesadilla Mon 17-Jun-13 22:46:59

YABU. Pitta bread with loads of butter and marmite is heaven. Trick is a) wet them a bit first and b) use the grill not the toaster. Oh, and never buy them from Tesco if you can help it.

plinkyplonks Mon 17-Jun-13 23:28:01

They taste yummy toasted smile I put splash water on each side then put in the oven.. sometimes with some butter inside. Fill with roasted veg and houmous!! Or sometimes I use them as breakfast wraps, prepared in the oven before being filled with mushrooms, eggs, sausage and beans smile Yum!!!

Yamyoid Mon 17-Jun-13 23:28:14

Toast the pittas, cut in half, fill with cheese (and anything else eg ham, tomatoes) and microwave for about 40 seconds to melt the cheese.

Have just made a batch (Delia) and they are lovely

WhizzerAndChips Tue 18-Jun-13 15:59:07

If you're not toasting them or warming them up, then therein lies your problem - pitta bread should definitely be warmed up otherwise they do taste dry and crumbly!
If you haven't got a microwave, just lightly toast them and they should open up fine (escaping steam is hot though!)
Fill with your cheese/ham or whatever and YUM, job done! smile

KellyElly Tue 18-Jun-13 16:16:15

Best snacks ever - toasted pitta with melted cheese, bacon and ketchup or if you want to be a bit healthier toasted pitta with cheese and cucumber or just toasted and dipped in humous. ALWAYS toasted though. They aren't very nice and always white pitta - not keen on the brown ones at all.

fuckwittery Tue 18-Jun-13 16:23:23

I keep checking this thread to see the OP come back and declare she has seen the light with regard to WARM pitta breads grin

grin Yanbu, hate them except when soggy sitting under juicy kebab meat. Love them soggy, but envelope dry no way!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 18-Jun-13 17:30:04

What?' The Op was eating them untoasted? Geez. confused

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 18-Jun-13 17:31:37

They're raw bread otherwise. Ok, partially cooked. You might as well eat those partially baked baguettes that are to be popped into the oven at home.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 17:32:32

Fuckwittery I am back. I tried the toasted pittas...well oven warmed....with a splash of water and the result? DRY DRY AND NASTY! grin

I did as I was told...they were crapola. Nasty.

Get yourself a toaster and try again ?
Toasters are pretty handy all round I reckon smile

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 17:40:50

Ours broke about a month ago and tbh I was glad. Massive thing all crumby in the corner it was. I grill bread under the grill thing of the oven now.

Ashoething Tue 18-Jun-13 17:43:20

I am another fool who didn't realise you had to toast pitta! Inspired by this thread I had them today-toasted with cheese,tomato and houmous. Was so good I am having it again tomorrow!

fuckwittery Tue 18-Jun-13 17:46:59

No! It must be wrong to try and heat it in the oven. I thought you'd be on here to eat your words! I am off to try a pitta in the oven and if it's rank then you need a toaster. I would also suggest microwave might work, you need to heat rapidly to get the steam effect inside which makes it all soft and yummy. Not sure if grill would work as it tends to make them too crispy when I've tried before. Do not leave the thread until we make you like pitta bread!

PseudoBadger Tue 18-Jun-13 17:55:36

I grill mine under the grill! They go crispy and sometimes a bit burnt and are amazing with pitta bread or just mayonaise

AmberLeaf Tue 18-Jun-13 18:00:56

OP you're doing it wrong!

Grill them if you have no toaster. Oven is wrong.

Are they white ones? brown ones are rank.

Brilliant from frozen in the toaster, I always have some frozen, they sell them near me three 6 packs for 99p in a turkish supermarket.

piprabbit Tue 18-Jun-13 18:03:00

I rather like wholemeal ones blush, grilled, chopped into slices and dunked in hummus. Crispiness works well with the hummus.

forevergreek Tue 18-Jun-13 18:43:11

I just toast them straight from frozen. The ones from tesco are horrid though!

Our 3 year old has eaten an avocado and Philadelphia pitta for lunch probably 5 days a week for the last 2 years. They can't be too bad.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 18:45:44

Amber I did grill them! in the oven under the grill I meant.

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 20:40:51

Oh. My. God.

I feel as foolish as the poster who didn't realise she had to change her mooncup at least twice a day and wondered why it smelt of rotting dead bodies

Its even there in plain "serving suggestion" style black and white on the back of the pack.

Right.

So I have just popped my toasted pitta bread cherry. And it was gooooooooodddd.

Okay, so the were not any old pittas but M&S Pittas wink but ohh my days

With cheese and hummus, they were DIVINE

Why I've been knowing my way through the sodding things which are dry as a fuck without foreplay I don't quite know.

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 20:41:41

*knawing

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 20:43:03

3rd time lucky hmm

gnaw (nô)
v. gnawed, gnaw·ing, gnaws
v.tr.1.
a. To bite, chew on, or erode with the teeth.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 18-Jun-13 20:49:49

Ha ha Tatty I was just going to say the same. MN is the anchor of enlightenment. grin

Nice warm pitta filled with chilled iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato and feta cheese, absolutely bloody gorgeous! <<drools>>

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 18-Jun-13 20:55:56

<doesn't want to eat Saggy drooly pitta>

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 21:03:46

I'll have Saggy's sloppy seconds no worries <<glutton>>

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 21:04:09

(hey at least it wont be dry...)

There wont be any leftovers.... grin Get your own!

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 18-Jun-13 21:10:05

There is one brand here worth buying. Everything else tastes like parchment and gets holes in it when you try to stuff it. I think the secret might be the sunflower oil contained within.

TattyDevine Tue 18-Jun-13 21:17:19

<<considers popping pittas in deep fat fryer, purely academic of course>>

<<loves science>>

fuckwittery Tue 18-Jun-13 21:20:33

Just for you, I have just eaten two pittas, one microwaved for 20 secs and one toasted in toaster. toaster pitta was nicer but not by much. Slather butter on while still hot
Mine were cheapo ones but for the best pitta experience I would recommend the food doctor seeded ones.

Boomba Tue 18-Jun-13 21:22:54

oh gosh, would you like me to repeat fuckwitterys experiment??? Anecdotes doesnt equal data, afterall!!

Boomba Tue 18-Jun-13 21:24:06

tatty would that be a bit like slovaki then? (is that right?...the greek bread wrap thingy)

RabbitsarenotHares Tue 18-Jun-13 21:25:00

Am I the only person who likes them raw? I know you can warm them but I usually don't bother and they're fine.

Ooo I am going to try making them I think, is it really that easy? I make my own bread so will give it a go, and pitta crisps, love the sound of that. OP on the back of your hating pitta thread I have been inspired, so thanks for starting this thread grin

ihatethecold Tue 18-Jun-13 21:41:12

Omg. I just said to DH.
"Did you know you are supposed to heat up pitta bread?"

What a revelation mumsnet is!

You have to toast pitta bread? Well, whaddyaknow! I love MN!

For the people who have it but not heated it up, how have you managed to get the filling in, cos it doesn't split until its warm through does it?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 22:03:56

I did know that you were meant to heat them up but it was somewhere in the back of my mind with all the things I can't be arsed to notice.

They're annoyingly thin. I will stick to bread!

fuckwittery Tue 18-Jun-13 22:51:08

Neo they split much easier if you heat them, the warmth causes them to puff up, so the thinness doesn't matter.
Boomba, absolutely, I feel Neo needs more convincing, a truly scientific study is required.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 23:08:21

No no no I DID heat the feckers! Last night and today! They were still crap.

IamnotaStepfordHousewife Tue 18-Jun-13 23:09:31

You learn something new everyday, I didn't know they needed to be warmed! That's were I have been going wrong, might get some tomorrow.

AmberLeaf Tue 18-Jun-13 23:13:20

Have none of you ever bought a kebab and watched the man heat the pitta bread on the grill thingy?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 18-Jun-13 23:14:33

No! I don't eat those awful kebab things!

Do any of who didn't know that Pittas need toasting ever RTFM?

trixymalixy Tue 18-Jun-13 23:17:10

Mm , just had toasted pitta dipped into taramasalata. Love pitta bread!

rockybalboa Tue 18-Jun-13 23:22:00

I didn't think anyone ate untoasted pitta??!? No wonder its crumbly and tough. Warm through in toaster, split and stuff or cut into strips and dip. Yum.

thornrose Tue 18-Jun-13 23:22:31

Toast them, then split them lengthways and toast them again. Cut into crispy, toasty strips and dip in stuff grin

Kungfutea Wed 19-Jun-13 02:05:15

With all due respect to this thing about toasting pitta bread, I've lived in the middle east where pitta is more or less the staple - and I've never heard of 'toasting' it although you might microwave it in a pinch.

You get it from the bakery, all lovely and warm and fluffy. Or you stop by a roadside and get freshly made (on a kind of charcoal domed oven) rolled up with labane, olive oil and za'atar. It's absolutely divine. If you've tasted that, then you'll never be able to buy a supermarket pitta again, they're foul tasteless cupboard, toasted or not.

YANBU OP if you're talking about supermarket pitta.

However, find a middle eastern or greek bakery and get the real deal. You won't regret it!

Lazyjaney Wed 19-Jun-13 07:35:37

"You get it from the bakery, all lovely and warm and fluffy. Or you stop by a roadside and get freshly made (on a kind of charcoal domed oven)"

Sadly in the UK it comes in plastic packets so you have to warm it to try to get back to that warm freshness.

Maybe it's time for Artisinal Pitta smile

I love pitta...I had one for dinner last night. Veggie burger and fuckton of salad....YUUUUUUM

TattyDevine Wed 19-Jun-13 10:22:43

Its true they wouldn't split pre the fantastic revelation that you have to heat up the bastid things.

I used to just use 2 with the filling in the middle, with a fuckton of butter to lube it up. <<eyes waistband, has lightbulb moment>>

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

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

Never again.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

i'll get me coat....smile

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.

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)

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

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

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

I feel your pain Annie

Abu gosh is beckoning me smile

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].

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.

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.

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?

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 ....

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

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!

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.

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

Mmm I love pittas

Damn those carby bastards <shakes fist>

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

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

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

Fuck off piprabbit! shock

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.

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.

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