I believe everything tastes better and fresher when made from scratch, which is definitely the case with these pita crisps. They are the perfect addition to a middle eastern meal, served with dips or taste amazing just by themselves.
Some people have the perception that making your own pita crisps is difficult. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I have included photos of practically every step so you are able to be guided through.
Activating the yeast
When adding the warm water to the yeast, little bubbles should appear. This means it is activating and will ensure your dough rises.
Ready to knead the dough
It is really important to knead the dough until it is not longer sticky. This helps the pita bread to become elastic which in turn helps it to expand and rise.
Your dough should be smooth and easy to handle once kneaded.
Dough has risen
It’s important to let your dough rise for 90 minutes as it enables the flavours to develop.
Ready for rolling
Break the dough up into eight portions as they will not only cook quicker but are easier to manage.
Rolled and set for cooking
I actually prefer all the pita bread to be different shapes and sizes as this gives the dish a rustic feel.
The macadamia oil and salt add flavour to these pita crisps. You could add spices such as cumin, paprika, dried herbs or pepper as well.
These will keep in a sealed container in the pantry for up to four days. Either reheat them in the oven at 180C/350F for 5 minutes or enjoy straight from the container!
Spelt pita crisps
Serves 6 generously
- 3 cups wholemeal spelt flour, extra for kneading
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, extra for topping
- 1 TBSP honey
- 2 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature
- 2 TBSP macadamia oil, extra for bowl
- Combine the flour, salt, honey and yeast in a large bowl.
- Stir in the water and macadamia oil until well combined.
- Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes, or until smooth.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a cloth or plastic wrap.
- Let dough rest and rise until doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.
- After the dough has doubled, punch down to release some gas then divide into 8 portions.
- Roll each potion into a ball then cover and rest for a further 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a tray with baking paper.
- Roll out one portion of the dough.
- Place rolled dough on lined tray and bake for 3-4 minutes.
- Take out of oven, cut into wedges and drizzle with salt and macadamia oil.
- Bake for a further 5 minutes, until crisp. Serve and enjoy!
I’d love to hear if you’ve have you made pita bread before?!
Coconut and raspberry are a match-made in cake heaven. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this combination earlier! I love the pink colour from the raspberries throughout the cake, it definitely entices you to eat it. They also provide the cake with a tartness which contrasts against the honey used to sweeten it.
Even though this cake is quite dense, the batter is surprisingly ‘dry’. Don’t be alarmed by this, it will turn out once cooked!
Ready for the oven
Make sure you line the cake tin to ensure the cake can be removed easily once cooled. Don’t flatten the cake batter too much before cooking it as it doesn’t rise much. The little peaks provide a rustic look, plus they become crunchy once cooked!
Cooked and cooled
This cake is quite dense however I love the use of desiccated coconut as it breaks up the almond meal and provides another element of texture.
This can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Coconut raspberry cake
- 2 1/2 cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed*
- Coconut yoghurt for serving
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a 9 inch round cake pan.
- Combine the almond meal, desiccated coconut and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
- In a jug whisk the eggs, coconut oil and honey and add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Fold through the raspberries and pour into cake pan.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan before turning it out onto a plate. Slice, serve with coconut yoghurt and enjoy!
Note: thaw the raspberries by leaving them on the kitchen bench, don’t microwave or heat them over the stove as they will lose their shape and add too much liquid to the cake.
Do you like the combination of coconut and raspberry for a cake?
Whilst in New York, we frequented Magnolia Bakery several times (made famous by Sex and the City). It absolutely killed me that I couldn’t have their infamous cupcakes due to the wheat, dairy and sugar. I have been waiting for an opportunity to make some cupcakes that I could enjoy.
We celebrated Easter early this year, providing me with the perfect occasion to bake chocolate cupcakes.
The batter is quite sticky, so make sure you use two spoons when placing it in the cupcake liners.
As almond meal has been used for the base, they unfortunately won’t come out completely smooth on top like ‘normal’ cupcakes. On the plus side, this gives you all the more reason to make the chocolate icing!
Chocolate avocado icing
I am sure many of you would be surprised to see avocado in the icing. This gives it a creamy, smooth texture whilst providing your body with good fats.
Decorated for Easter
Gluten free chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing
Adapted from The Healthy Chef
Makes 12 cupcakes
- 3 cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 4 TBSP honey
- Desiccated coconut
- 1 avocado
- 2 TBSP honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP cacao powder
- Preheat oven to 160C/320F. Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, combine almond meal, cacao and baking powder.
- Mix in the eggs, coconut oil, almond milk and honey until smooth.
- Spoon into prepared liners and bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
- For the icing, either place all ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined or mash the avocado and mix in the other ingredients until smooth.
- Top the cooled cupcakes with icing and sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Enjoy!
What is your favourite chocolately treat to eat at Easter time?