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Pita (Middle Eastern Bible or Pocket Bread)


  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in oil, sugar and salt, then stir in 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
  2. Stir in remaining flour until the dough is easy to handle. Knead for 10 minutes.
  3. Cover and let rise in a greased bowl until double in size about 1 hour.
  4. Punch down. Separate into 6 equal parts. Shape into balls. Cover; let rise 30 minutes.
  5. Roll each ball into a 6- or 7-inch circle 1/8-inch thick. Place 2 circles in opposite corners of each of 3 ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees F until puffed and brown.