Pita Breads (Traditional)

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Pita Breads (Traditional)

Traditional Pita Breads

Total Time:

1 hrs 20 mins


1 dozen pita breads

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  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 14 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit/40 to 45 degrees Celsius)

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, or as needed – divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening

  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a mixing bowl and allow to stand until the yeast forms a creamy foam, about 5 minutes. Mix in 2 cups of flour, salt, and shortening; beat for 2 minutes with a fork. Stir in as much of the remaining 1 1/2 cup flour as needed.

  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, kneading in more flour if dough is sticky. Form into a ball, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rest in a warm area for 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  4. Divide dough into 12 equal portions; flour your hands and roll each piece into a ball. Cover dough balls with a kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Flatten the balls into rounds on a floured surface, cover with kitchen towel, and let rest 10 more minutes. Gently roll each dough ball into a circle about 6 inches in diameter on a floured surface. Place pita breads in a single layer on ungreased baking sheets.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until the pita breads puff up, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip breads over with a spatula, return to oven, and bake 2 more minutes. Let cool on wire racks before cutting pita breads in half and gently separating tops and bottoms to form pockets for filling.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172Calories5g Fat28g Carbs4g Protein
Nutrition FactsServings Per Recipe12Calories172% Daily Value *Total Fat5g6%Saturated Fat1g6%Sodium292mg13%Total Carbohydrate28g10%Dietary Fiber1g4%Total Sugars0gProtein4gCalcium7mg1%Iron2mg10%Potassium51mg1%

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