So you’ve been keeping your sourdough starter more or less fed in the back of the fridge, but it’s been so hot and you are not in a mood to bake and heat up the house anymore. The sourdough starter looks a little sad, if you are really honest and you have pushed it behind other things so you don’t have to see it.
No worries, mine has been there too, take it out, refresh it, i.e. give it a good stir, feed it and let it raise, repeat one more time to make it nice and active again and put it back in the fridge. Instead of chucking the part that you remove, after the first feeding, use that to make grilled pita pocket breads instead. YAY! I know no heat in the house and you still get to have bread 🙂
- 1/4 cup sourdough starter (fed and active and ready to go)
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (preferably freshly ground)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Mix your sourdough with water until dissolved, then add the flour and salt and mix until smooth then knead until you have a smooth elastic dough. Form into a ball and return to the bowl, cover the bowl with clear wrap or a moist kitchen towel and let rest and rise in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour prior to shaping.
- Divide dough into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball between your hands and flatten out into a disk about 1/4″ thick, using flour so they don;t stick. Set aside and let rest in a warm spot for another 15 minutes, covered with cling wrap.
- Preheat your grill to high (I have a gas grill I use for these, if you are using a charcoal grill, make sure you start the fire earlier to get to nice hot embers) The trick to making these work is a temperature around 425 to 450. It’s essential the grill be HOT, in order for the pocket part to happen, the water inside the dough needs to evaporate quickly, puffing up the bread into a little balloon.
- Grease the grill grates using a small amount of oil on a crumpled paper towel. Then quickly put the dough rounds on and close the lid.
- Grill about 4 minutes or until puffed and starting to brown on one side. Turn over and finish grilling until cooked, about another 2-3 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill.
Eat with dip or dinner, anyway you like!
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