Pita/Peeta Bread: An Utter Failure


First off, I’d like to state that I will now (and henceforth) refer to pita bread as Peeta bread, in honor of Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games. Yes, I’m a nerd. I read the books, I watched the movie, and I’m officially on Teem Peeta (Team Gale? No thanks.).

In addition, Peeta is a bread baker by trade, so it makes perfect sense that pita bread should be called Peeta bread. I do hope you all understand.

Now that I’ve gotten that bit of nerderie out of the way, I have something to get off my chest:

I completely botched this recipe.

I saw this recipe on Under the High Chair and it inspired me to make peeta bread from scratch. Not only did it look gorgeous, but the recipe seemed simple enough. Just look at this fluffy, wonderful, pillowy peeta bread (!):

(Photo from Under The High Chair)

I read over the instructions quite a few times, just to make sure I understood them correctly. I measured all the ingredients carefully. I even bought a fresh jar of yeast (just to make sure it was still nice and yeasty!).

I rolled out my little discs of dough and they looked lovely. I was so pleased with the little discs that I even posted a photo on Instagram:

I let the discs rise for 40 minutes and they started to puff up (and look pillowy and awesome!). I was giddy with excitement.

Then, I baked the dough. I placed it in the oven and watched over the peeta like a nervous mother. I kept gazing into the oven — watching, waiting, and hoping.

And nothing happened.

Sure, they rose a little bit. But they were nothing like the glorious peeta puffs in the photos.

I removed the peeta from the oven. I then tasted the peeta bread: it was not good. The bread was rock hard, dense, and sad.

There was nothing pillowy or awesome about it.


My peeta bread was a total bust.

Now that I think about it, I’m not entirely sure why I’m telling you about my peeta bread failure.

I think it’s because I appreciate honestly in writing. There’s a fine line between writing a good (and honest) food blog and writing a bunch of self-congratulatory drivel that declares my culinary genius. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking (and I think I’m pretty good at it). But I screw up all the time. And if I can laugh at myself and my mistakes, so can you.

Hopefully, I’ll master the art of peeta bread one of these days. If I do, you can bet I’ll be sharing the recipe with you.





11 Responses

  1. Shumaila says:

    My first attempt at “peeta” was an utter failure too. After that I have not tried my hand at it. But there’s a learning from the Boxing Ring- Defeat’s Not Declared When You Fall Down. It’s Declared When You Refuse To Get Up! So I guess we should both make it again!

    And by the way I loved the Hunger Games book. And was totally on Team Peeta in the books. The movie left something missing for me- I don’t know why but I imagined Peeta to be a little different- a little bigger actually.

  2. Oh man– bread is hard, dude! So sorry you had a food fail– but I don’t blame you for trying. That photo from Under the High Chair is gorgeous. I do appreciate you posting about your flops. Everybody has them, and laughing about mistakes is simply the best medicine! Better luck next time…

    (PS Team Peeta all the way!)

  3. Tiffany says:

    A. It doesn’t look like a failure to me! and B. I appreciate the honesty! I always blog about my dishes gone ‘wrong.’ How boring is it to always read about the triumphs! I especially appreciate when folks are honest. When you are creative in the kitchen, some times things do not go as planned… and we want to hear about it! Happy baking chica! :D

  4. danielle says:

    I have been too terrified to even attempt pita bread yet. So kudos to you for at least jumping in and trying it!

  5. Kim Bee says:

    I’ve never tried to make it, it seems so difficult. I run from difficult projects. I give you credit for trying. I went to see the movie with my daughter. I hadn’t read the books but I really liked the movie. Peeta for sure.

  6. Cucina49 says:

    I’ve always wanted to make pita bread, but haven’t tried it. I think it’s interesting to share failures–I learn something from them, plus who wants to see nothing but perfect recipes all the time?

  7. sarah says:

    bummer! although i totally loved this post anyways- reminds me that we all have kitchen failures…

  8. Stephanie says:

    too bad it didn’t work out…i love pita bread and those perfectly puffed discs would have enchanted me into trying that recipe also! i’ve attempted even the easiest bread recipes and have had little success. It is fun to keep trying though. (p.s. I found your blog via The Kitchn’s tour of your lovely kitchen. Such a beautiful space!)

    • lindsay says:

      Stephanie, thanks for the kind words and I’m glad you found my blog through The Kitchn! I’ll eventually attempt pita bread again, and hopefully it’ll work next time. :)

  9. Abigail says:

    This post made me laugh. Love the honesty, and most of all I love that it’s Peeta bread, not pita bread. I heart Peeta as well.

  10. Sorry about the pita bread failure. I look forward to hearing about a success in the future that I can try myself.

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