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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pita Bread

I Love to bake breads!  Probably because I LOVE to eat bread, and it is one of the very few things that I actually like!  But the sensation of kneading dough is very therapeutic.  Smashing it down and squeezing it through your finger you can work out all the anger and frustrations of the world and have something tasty to eat!   This recipe is one of my personal favorites because it really does go good with almost anything!  Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner, these Pita Pockets are always a winner!  Haha, sorry couldn't resist!

Pita Bread

1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. warm water
1 Tbsp. oil
3-4 c. white flour

Mix first 4 ingredients and 3 cups of flour.  Add enough remaining flour
to make a dough that is easy to handle.  Knead until smooth and shiny.
Put in an oiled bowl and turn to coat all sides.  Cover, and let rise until doubled.

Punch down and cut in half.  Cut each half into 4 equal pieces.  Form 8 round balls of dough
and let rest at least 10 minutes.

Roll out each ball into a circle 1/4" thick.  Don't worry about making them round.
Place on oiled baking sheet and let rise until doubled.

Bake at 475 degrees for about 15 minutes.  They should just start to brown.
Cover with a clean towel and let cool slightly.  Cut open one side and fill while still
slightly warm.

Great filled like a taco, but pretty much any filling is pretty good.  Chili, chicken salad, breakfast casserole,
even peanut butter and jelly, but that's a little tricky to put in there.

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