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March 23rd, 2008

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08:51 pm - Homemade pita bread
I got this via niira, so credit to her for this. I plan on tweaking and playing with this a bit, adding herbs and/or garlic, for instance, but it's ridiculously easy, not to mention cheap, and difficult to screw up. I'll never have stale pita bread for my hummus ever again!

2 cups flour (or you can do what I did and use 1 cup of white and 1 of whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 ounce fresh yeast (about a teaspoon of the dried stuff)
2/3 cups lukewarm water (you may need a little more to get the dough to bind)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Mix flour and salt together. Mix yeast with water until dissolved, stir in olive oil. Beat the flour into the yeast mixture to make a soft dough.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a large bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled.

Divide dough into 6 pieces and shape into balls. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll each ball of dough into an oval about 1/2 inch thick and 6 inches long. Place on floured dish towel and cover, let rise at room temperature for 20-30 minutes (and hope your cats don't decide to walk all over them like mine did).

Preheat oven to 450F and heat baking sheets in oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until puffed up, they do not need to brown. It's important to get the oven *and* baking sheets up to temperature so the pita will puff up, however.
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Date:March 24th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Paw prints optional? ;-)
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Date:March 24th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Optional, but very cute. :)

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