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Perfect Pita Easy as Pie

Homemade pita bread? Impossible, you say. Well, believe it or not it's easy to make pitas with this quick recipe. They puff up nicely in the oven and have a lovely golden color. The best part is these pitas taste waaaaaay better than anything you'll find in the store. Enjoy!

Here's how to do it.

In a mixing bowl add:

3 cups of flour

1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup room temperature water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Let the dough come together then continue mixing with your electric mixer for 5 minutes (you can do this by hand for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface).

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic, and let rest 1 hour. It likely won't double but it will puff up a bit.

Turn the dough onto a lightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 balls. Roll the first batch (4 balls) into a pita-shaped disc and let rest on a lightly greased baking sheet for 15 minutes. Cover the remaining balls with a towel. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Place the baking sheet on the bottom rack in your oven. When the oven is very hot at 500, bake for 5 minutes until the pitas are puffed up, then move the baking sheet to the middle rack and bake 2-3 minutes more till browned. Remove from oven and wrap the stacks of pitas in a dish towel to keep them from getting stiff as they cool.

During the baking time, roll out the next batch and repeat baking when the oven is free.

Makes 8 pitas.

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