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Breads from Rina's Kitchen


Pita Bread 
Makes 8 pitas 

2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup pastry flour
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon applesauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
olive oil
                   
1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. 
2. Combine the all-purpose flour, pastry flour and salt in a
   bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture and applesauce and knead.
   Dough shouldn't be sticky, but it shouldn't be dry either.
   If too sticky add 1 Tbl of all-purpose flour till you get
   the right consistency. If too dry, add 1 Tbl of water at
   a time till you get the right consistency. 
3. Roll out into a rope and cut into 8 pieces. Shape each
   piece into a ball and roll out till it's anywhere from a 6 to
   8" circle 
4. There are two ways to cook pita bread. The flavor is a bit
   different with both.
   To Bake Pita:
   Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and put a pita on a wire cake
   rack. Toss in the rack and cook for 3 mins or until the bread
   stops puffing up. When you take it out, smash down the pita
   and quickly put it in a plastic freezer bag.
   To Fry Pita:
   Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. When almost smoking,
   place a pita in the pan and cook for a few mins on each side,
   till brown spots begin to appear. It should look something like
   a tortilla when you're done. Put in a plastic bag once it has
   cooled a bit. 

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