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Cath Claringbold’s pitta

These are great to wrap around salads and especially the Greek slow-roasted lamb featured in this blog! As long as you give it enough time to prove, the rest is easy. The dough can be frozen too – I drizzle a little olive oil into a plastic bag, pop the dough in & tie it tight with a little room to move. It only needs a couple of hours to defrost…

Recipe source Cath Claringbold, published in Good Weekend magazine July 2010
Makes 12 individual pittas


  • 1¼ cups tepid water
  • 1½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons caster sugar
  • 460g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl and leave in a warm spot for about 20 minutes or until the mixture foams.

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt, then make a well in the centre. Add the olive oil and the yeast mix, and combine. Work the dough until it comes together, then turn out onto a lightly floured bench and and knead for a few minutes until it becomes silky and smooth. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a towel and leave it to prove for 15-20 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Preheat the barbecue to medium or heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. (Note: I used a ridged cast iron skillet, worked a treat!)

Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each piece into a flat, thin, even disk about 16cm in diameter.

Brush a flat bread with olive oil and place it, oil side down, on the bars of the barbecue. Gently brush a little oil on top as well. In seconds, the bread will start to puff. After 20-25 seconds, flip it over and cook for 20 seconds more. Do not cook for too long or the bread will dry out and become crisp. Repeat with the remaining disks.

Stack the cooked breads and wrap them tightly in a clean tea towel or even cling wrap to keep them warm. Serve with yummy ingredients & roll up to eat!

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Hugh’s Magic Dough (for 1 pizza)

The Year 1 kids came to visit and made the pizza dough for the next group, while using the dough that the class before made…

Squishing and squashing the dough

Recipe source: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Veg Every Day
Makes: 1 large pizza


  • Scales
  • Bowls – large, medium
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Cling film

  • 125g plain white flour plus extra to flour
  • 125g strong white flour
  • 1 level teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a little extra for oiling
  • 160ml warm water

What to do:

  • Weigh the two flours into a big bowl and then add the salt and yeast. Mix well using the wooden spoon.
  • Measure out the warm water and then add the water and the oil to the flours and mix to a rough dough. Knead for a few minutes and then turn out onto a lightly floured table and knead again for about 10 minutes, until smooth. This is quite a loose and sticky dough, which is just as it should be – you get better-textured bread this way – so try not to add too much flour if you can help it, it will become less sticky as you knead.
  • Trickle a little oil into a medium bowl, add the kneaded dough and turn it in the oil so it is covered with a light film. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size – at least an hour, probably closer to two – or if using the next day, wrap bowl in cling film and put straight into the fridge to prove slowly.
  • When the dough is well risen and puffy, tip it out and ‘knock it back’ by poking it with your outstretched fingers until it collapses to its former size. It’s now ready to be shaped to your will.

Notes: Why do we leave the dough to rise? What is this process called? What does to knock it back mean? What will you make with your dough?

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