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Pita Picnic Pockets

Soft, fluffy pitas are a regular part of meals in the Middle East.


7 1/2 cups flour

3 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

3 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 cups water


1. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

2. Add water to bowl. Use your hands to combine water and dry ingredients.

3. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes.

4. Coat a large bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl. Gently rub oil on top of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours.

5. Divide risen dough into 8 equal sections. Shape dough into 8 balls. Put back in bowl and loosely cover with plastic. Let rise for a few minutes.

6. Place empty cookie sheet in oven. Heat oven to 475°F.

7. Roll each dough ball into a 7-inch circle.

8. Carefully place 3-4 pitas on hot cookie sheet.

9. Bake till slightly golden, 5-8 minutes.

10. Cool for a few minutes, then enjoy.

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