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Pita Bread

Recipe photo courtesy of Lennart Weibull

This staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines is surprisingly easy to make -- and the process feels almost magical. It starts with a simple yeast dough (we used some whole-wheat flour in addition to white) that gets baked in a very hot oven. The heat activates the yeast and creates steam, which makes the dough puff up dramatically, forming the signature pocket. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 811.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2015
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For extra-flavorful pita, brush one side of each dough round with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar, a Middle Eastern blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac, before baking.

Cook's Notes

Pita is best served the same day but can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one day.

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  • 18527572gnm
    14 MAR, 2019
    It is a lovely recipe. I ended up making mini pita bread with it, like bite size. It was amazing. Can I save this dough for later or freeze it?

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