*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                              EASY PITA BREAD
 
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 Serving Size  : 16   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       c            Warm water
    1       t            Sugar
    1       pk           Dry yeast (or 1 tb)
    5       c            All-purpose flour
      1/4   c            Vegetable oil
    2       ts           Salt
 
   In mixing bowl, combine water and sugar; sprinkle
   yeast and let stand for 10 minutes or until dissolved
   and creamy. Using electric mixer, beat in 2 c. of the
   flour, oil and salt; beat for about 3 minutes or until
   smooth, scraping down side of bowl from time to time.
   With wooden spoon, beat in enough of the remaining
   flour to make stiff dough. Turn out onto lightly
   floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or
   until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly
   greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with
   plastic wrap and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or
   until doubled in bulk. Divide dough into 16 or 32
   pieces.  On lightly floured surface, roll each piece
   into 7 or 4 rounds.  Cover and let rise for 15
   minutes or until slightly risen.  Meanwhile, heat
   ungreased baking sheet on lowest rack in 500 degree
   oven (240 C). Using floured metal spatula, quickly
   transfer 2 or 3 pita rounds to heated baking sheet;
   bake for 3 or 4 minutes or until puffed and light
   golden around edges. Repeat with remaining pita
   rounds. Let cool between damp tea towels. Pitas will
   collapse and soften slightly, but pocket will remain.
   (Alternatively, if crisp pitas are desired, let cool
   on racks) Pitas can be stored in plastic bags in
   freezer for up to 1 month.  Makes 16 7 pitas or 32 4
   pitas.
  
 
 
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