Pita Bread

Pita bread is a round shaped unique bread consumed in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The bread is exceptionally done creating a pocket in pita bread with steam which puffs up the dough when cooked. As the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle. Some recipes suggest fillings for this packet.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups white or wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons¬† olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour the packet of yeast in the warm water and stir until dissolved, roughly two minutes.
  2. Allow the yeast to activate, setting it aside for three to five minutes.
  3. Then, mix the flour and sugar together in a separate bowl.
  4. Alternate pouring the yeast mixture and oil into the flour mixture.
  5. Stir slowly until the dough forms.
  6. Place dough onto a flat, floured surface.
  7. Separate the dough into four to six separate pieces, depending upon how many pieces of pita bread and the size of the bread you prefer.
  8. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and allow it to sit out in the open, room-temperature air to rise slightly for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. While dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Knead each piece of bread thoroughly and then roll out each piece into a flat, circular form.
  11. Put each piece of rolled dough onto a baking stone or sheet.
  12. Then bake the bread for five to seven minutes or until very lightly browned.
  13. Allow bread to slightly cool prior to serving or using it as an ingredient for a tasty sandwich or gourmet pizza.
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