Making pita bread is suprisingly easy, and the process feels almost magical. Here's how.
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Divide into Pieces
Quarter the dough. Working with one piece at a time (drape a kitchen towel over the rest), divide each into 4 smaller pieces.
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Roll and Pinch
Roll each piece into a ball and pinch, tightening the ball. Turn pinched side down and flatten with your palm.
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Use a Rolling Pin
Flatten each ball into a 6-inch round with a lightly floured rolling pin.
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Get Ready to Bake
Transfer rounds to rimmed baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal; drape with kitchen towels. Let stand 30 minutes.
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Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500 degrees with a rimmed baking sheet (flipped upside down) on rack in lowest position. Place 4 dough rounds on preheated sheet. Bake until puffed, about 2 minutes. Flip and bake until golden in spots and just cooked through, 1 minute more. Transfer to a basket lined with a kitchen towel; cover to steam and keep warm. Bake remaining pitas.