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Whole Wheat Pita Bread

 Whole Wheat Pita Bread
After a trip to Israel, I fell in love with the rustic pita breads enjoyed with just about every meal. These nutritious whole wheat pitas are a favorite with young and old alike.
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add honey; let
  • stand for 5 minutes. Add the oil, salt 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • and remaining water. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough whole wheat
  • flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a surface dusted with all-purpose flour; knead until smooth
  • and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning
  • once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down; let rest for 10 minutes. Turn onto a lightly
  • floured surface; divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape each into a
  • ball. Knead each ball for 1 minute. Cover and let rest for 20
  • minutes.
  • Grease baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll each ball into
  • an 8-in. circle. Place on prepared baking sheets. Cover and let rise

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Whole Wheat Pita Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 475° for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove from pans
  • to wire racks to cool. To serve, cut in half and split open. Stuff
  • with fillings of your choice. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 212 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 593 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 7 g protein.