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Whole grain breakfast pitas flavoured with cranberry and orange. A great way to change up your morning meal! Contributor Stacey from Bake.Eat.Repeat made these amazing Cranberry Orange Breakfast Pitas.
Cranberry Orange Breakfast Pitas
Toast is one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. But….I also get bored easily and plain old toast with peanut butter is usually only good for a day or two until I need a change. Different bread, different topping, just different in some way, shape or form.
Enter breakfast pitas. These things are amazing. My family and I first discovered them at Costco and they are so, so good. They’re flax seed pitas, and they are absolutely wonderful toasted for breakfast with some peanut butter and jam.
So of course, I needed to recreate them. Naturally. If you’re going to be buying something constantly, you might as well be able to make it yourself, right? Right.
Those flax seed, whole grain pitas took a few tries to recreate, but they are amazing. And actually quite easy to make. So then, of course, I needed to try some new flavours. Because I can’t just leave well enough alone. Like I said, bored easily.
These cranberry orange breakfast pitas were just as amazing as the whole grain ones. We loved them. And again, they are quite easy to make. I will say though, that they’re a little more finicky in the puffing department. They definitely don’t puff as easily as regular pita bread. In fact, it’s a little hit and miss with the puffing, in that they usually don’t puff all that much. But it’s okay. They’re just for toast, and they’re also a bit thicker than your typical pita bread, so it’s actually quite simple to cut a pocket into the bread with a knife after you toast it.
We enjoyed these for breakfast toasted with a little butter, or some jam – no more boring toast for breakfast! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Cranberry Orange Breakfast Pitas
For the soaker:
- 3 tablespoons flax meal
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons wheat bran
- 1/4 cup water room temperature
For the dough:
- 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons orange zest (zest from 2 large oranges)
- 3/4 cup orange juice (2 large oranges)
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Make the soaker - in a small bowl, combine the flax meal, rolled oats, wheat bran and water until everything is evenly moistened. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least an hour and up to overnight.
- In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine the soaker with all of the dough ingredients except the cranberries. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together and clears the sides of the bowl. If it’s too wet and isn’t clearing the sides of the bowl, add more flour, one or two tablespoons at a time until it clears the sides. If it’s really dry and isn’t tacky at all, with dry bits not coming together, then add more water a tablespoon at a time until it all comes together.
- Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes by machine, or 12 to 15 minutes by hand. Add the cranberries in the last couple minutes of kneading. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning it to coat it with oil (it will be sticky) and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let it rise until it has doubled, about 90 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. If you have a baking stone, place it in the oven to heat. Punch the dough down, and move it to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces (I don’t bother weighing, just eyeball it!) and let them rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
- Roll out each dough ball on a floured surface to a 6 inch circle. Let them rest on parchment paper for 5-10 minutes to puff up a bit. Slide the parchment onto the hot stone (or a baking sheet, or you can place the pitas directly on the hot stone without any parchment paper if you prefer) and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are slightly puffed and lightly browned. You can bake in batches, the others are fine resting for a little longer. Let them cool on a wire rack.
- Store them in a sealed plastic bag, making sure they are completely cooled before storing. These pitas are best the first couple days after baking, and then start to dry out fairly quickly, but can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you’re toasting it for breakfast, it can be toasted without defrosting.
Some more breakfast ideas from Stacey:
And here are a few of my favorites…
- Flourless Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Broccoli, Potato and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups
- Cookie Butter French Toast Roll-Ups