Mediterranean Pita Bread

Recipe by UnknownChef86
READY IN: 46mins




  • In a large mixing bowl soften yeast in warm water.
  • Add 2 cups flour, shortening and salt.
  • Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
  • Beat 3 minutes on medium.
  • Stir in as much remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured work surface.
  • Knead in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that is smooth and elastic.
  • Cover, and let rest in a warm place about 15 minutes.
  • Divide into 12 equal portions.
  • Roll each piece with floured hands into a smooth ball.
  • Cover with a damp cloth, let rest 10 minutes.
  • Using fingers, flatten balls.
  • Cover, let rest 10 minutes.
  • On a well floured surface lightly roll one piece of dough at a time into a circle 6 inches in diameter, turning dough over once.
  • Do not puncture or tear dough.
  • (Work with enough flour so dough does not stick) Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake one sheet at a time, in a 450 F oven about 3 minutes or until dough is puffed and softly set.
  • Turn with a spatula, and bake 2 more minutes until dough is light brown.
  • Repeat with remaining dough, baking one batch before uncovering and rolling the next.
  • To serve, slice bread crosswise and fill the pockets with a filling or cut into wedges and pan fry to a crisp for dipping.