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What forms the pocket in Arabic/Pita bread?

The crucial ingredient is water - which turns into steam in a very hot oven. Let me explain based on a standard pita bread process. A comparatively simple dough (flour, water, salt, yeast) is kneaded,...
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Can I bake pita bread on a pan?

The answer is almost certainly yes. The almost is because I haven't made pita bread this way - but I have seen chapati made on a skillet, and under the right conditions it will puff up, even into one ...
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Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

Tweaking your technique, rather than pan choice, may help a bit - people often use whatever is to hand to make recipes, and what you have is what you have as far as pans go. I've used the same ...
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Why "Pre-oiled Pita"?

It is really common to brush a pita with some oil prior to heating for an extra crispy treat. We sort of do that at my house, except be coat the heating device (a frying pan) with oil instead of the ...
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Different kinds of pita?

The thin pita you find a lot in stores is called just that: "thin pita". I tend to call it "Egyptian pita" because it's a style that's very common there, due partly to the price ...
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Making pita more chewy/ rubbery

The thing that makes bread chewy is gluten. The easiest way to make chewier bread would probably be to use flour with a higher gluten content. You've said you don't want to "add gluten" so ...
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Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

My tortilla griddles are 14-16 gauge mild steel, made in Mexico, and purchased at the local Mexican grocery for ~$12.00 each. Each rectangular griddle covers two burners, so workflow is 4 tortillas at ...
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How to make pre-baked pita bread

I normally make a full batch of pitta, freeze most of it and then defrost using the toaster. Contrary to Joshua Engel's answer, I've never had any trouble with the pitta toasting rather than ...
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Days kept after opening mentioned in packages and how valid are they?

It's probably a "best before date," which means the pita bread will lose quality after that date. Pita bread tends to dry out and get stale quickly.
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Can I bake pita bread on a pan?

I do this all the time; I keep dough in the fridge and can turn it into a pita in five minutes. My preferred way of doing it is to preheat a cast iron pan (which I do as I roll out the dough), put in ...
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Different kinds of pita?

"Pita" is simply a name for the shape. It's a loaf of bread which is approximately round, and the diameter is much larger than the height. Any consistency of bread could be baked in that ...
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Different kinds of pita?

You might be seeing ‘pocket pita’ which is the first type that I was familiar with. It tends to be dryer and firmer than non-pocket pita bread. As it’s cooked, it is allowed to puff up so that when ...
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Why "Pre-oiled Pita"?

It looks to me like the "pre-oiled" label assumes that you're going to be freezing your pitas. Food Service Direct, which sells frozen Kronos pitas, gives these instructions for preparing ...
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How to make pre-baked pita bread

First off, I'd recommend not refrigerating pita if you don't have to. It tends to get state quickly. Pita should be safe at room temperature for several days. If you're keeping your pita longer than ...
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Pitas are paper thin on one side

Uneven rolling of pitas can usually cause this problem. Make sure you shape even with roll pin & keep it half centimetre thick!
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