Pita Bread

From the 1997 KLO dinner — Greece

Pita Bread

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp salad oil
  • cornmeal

In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, salt, yeast and sugar. In 1 quart saucepan over medium heat, heat water and salad oil until very warm (about 120 to 130 F).

With mixer at low speed, beat liquid into dry ingredients; beat until just mixed. Increase speed to medium. Beat 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Stir in enough additional flour (about 2 cups) to make a soft dough.

On floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Shape into ball. Place in greased medium bowl, turning over to grease top. Cover; let dough rise in warm place, away from draft, until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough, turn onto floured surface. Cut dough into 6 pieces. cover, let rise 30 minutes. Meanwhile lightly sprinkle 3 ungreased cookie sheets with cornmeal.

On lightly floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a 7″ circle. Place 2 circles on each cookie sheet. Cover with towel. Let rise in warm place 45 minutes or until doubled in height.

Preheat oven to 475 F. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until pitas are puffed and golden brown. Serve pitas immediately with favorite filling.

To serve later: Cool five minutes then place warm bread in plastic bags to keep moist and pliable. To reheat: Preheat oven to 375 F. Wrap pocket breads in foil and heat 10 minutes or until hot.

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