Monday, March 22, 2010

Pita Bread

These turned out really good, I don't ever really eat pitas but I thought I would try it!

Pita Bread

3 cups flour, plus 1/2-3/4 cup more
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS sugar or honey
1 packet instant yeast
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups water, room temperature
2 TBS olive oil, vegetable oil, butter, or shortening

Mix the yeast with the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the olive oil and water, stir with a wooden spoon. All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add a little more water. Knead on work surface for about 10 minutes or if you are using an electric mixer mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Add flour until the dough clears the sides of the bowl, tacky but not sticky. Place in a bowl that is lightly coated in oil and flip (so that the dough is also coated with oil) Cover with a damp towel and let it rise until doubled, about 90 minutes. Punch down and divide into 8 equal parts. Roll each piece into a ball, cover and let rise for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 and put a baking stone or upside down baking sheet into the preheating oven. Spread a light coat of flour on surface and a little on top of your ball of dough and roll out to 1/4-1/8 inch thick, 6 inches diameter. Let the discs rise until barley doubled, 30-45 minutes. bake for 3-5 minutes, until they puff up, flip and cook for another 2 minutes or so.

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