*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *

                               Pita Bread I

Recipe By     : Mary Salloum - A Taste of Lebanon
Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :1:30
Categories    : Breads                           Ethnic - Middle Eastern

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   2 1/2  Cups          Lukewarm Water
   1      Teaspoon      Sugar
   3 1/2  Teaspoons     Active Dry Yeast
     1/2  Teaspoon      Salt
   5 1/2  Cups          Flour

 1)  Place water and sugar in large bowl and stir.  Add yeast and stir slightly.  Let rest for 5 minutes.

2)  Mix in salt and flour gradually, starting with 3 1/2 cups flour then adding the rest.  More or less water may be required depending on the brand of flour.  Use enough flour to prevent dough from clinging to the bowl.  Knead well for 5 minutes.  Place a little oil on palms of hands and smooth all over to prevent crusting.  Cover with plastic sheet then tea towel and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.

3)  Set oven at 250° C (500° F).  Divide dough into 8 balls.  Roll out each ball into 1/4 inch thickness.  Let rest covered for 20 minutes on generously floured table or counter top.

4)  Bake on greased cookie sheets for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned.  The higher the oven temperature the better the results.

5)  May be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or may be frozen.

6)  To warm Pita, place the round on the rack in the oven at 300 degrees F. for 1-2 minutes.

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