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Pita Bread

You can either bake this bread or fry it. For variety, I like to make four of each.
Prep30 Mins
Cook20 Mins
Ready50 Mins
Servings8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Steps

  1. 1Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.
  2. 2Combine the all-purpose flour, pastry flour and salt in a bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture and applesauce and knead. Dough shouldn't be sticky, but it shouldn't be dry either. If too sticky add 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour till you get the right consistency. If too dry, add 1 tablespoons of water at a time till you get the right consistency.
  3. 3Roll out into a rope and cut into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and roll out till it's anywhere from a 6 to 8 inch circle
  4. 4There are two ways to cook pita bread. The flavor is a bit different with both. To Bake Pita: Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) and put a pita on a wire cake rack. Toss in the rack and cook for 3 minutes or until the bread stops puffing up. When you take it out, smash down the pita (Careful, its hot!) and quickly put it in a plastic freezer bag. To Fry Pita: Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. When almost smoking, place a pita in the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side, till brown spots begin to appear. It should look something like a tortilla when you're done. Put in a plastic bag once it has cooled a bit.
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