Signature Dish of Ranee Mueller

Pita Bread (Khoubs Araby)

5 - 6 cup flour (all white or 3/4 white and 1/4 whole wheat, bread or all purpose)
2 tsp salt
2 packets yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
sesame seeds
cornmeal for pan

Dissolve yeast in warm water, add sugar and salt. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, until foamy.

Mix 3 cups flour and yeast mixture in a large bowl. Add oil and mix well. Add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough is formed. If more is needed, knead 1/2 a cup of flour into dough at a time. You want a relatively soft dough. Total kneading time should be about 8 minutes by hand.

Roll into 2-inch balls. Let rest for 20 minutes, covered. On floured surface, roll balls into flat disks, about 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Sprinkle pan with cornmeal. Place disks on pan, let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 475 F on bottom rack of oven for 6-9 minutes until lightly browned and puffy.

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