In a food processor fitted with a steel blade or in a blender, mill the oat bran hot cereal until fine and flour-like, about 2 minutes. Blend the oat bran hot cereal with the yeast and ½ cup of the flour. Combine the warm water, oil and salt. Pour over the flour-yeast mixture.
Spray a medium-sized bowl with no stick cooking spray.
Beat at low speed in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook or in a food processor for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl. Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed to incorporate as much of the remaining flour as possible.
Turn onto a floured board and knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a smooth satiny dough.
This takes 5 to 7 minutes. Put dough in prepared bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm draft-free place for 30 minutes. Dough should be very warm and light to touch. Knead down and divide into 12 equal portions. Cover and allow dough to rise in a warm draft-free place for 15 minutes/
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. To roll out pitas; cut 12 pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place one side of the paper on the bottom surface of a 6-inch tortilla press or a flat plate. Place pits dough on paper, then fold paper over it. Use tortilla press, a flat plate or a rolling pin to form a smooth 1/8-inch thick pitas. Make sure the pitas have no creases or folds.
Place the pitas, 4 at a time, on oven racks. The pitas should be distributed evenly around the oven. Bake for 3 minutes to set the dough, then, turn the pitas over and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more. The pitas brown and puff up as they bake.* Allow the oven to reheat for 5 minutes between baking period.
To serve, open pitas to form pickets. Stuff pocket with meats, sauteed vegetables or other fillings. If the pocket does not open easily, slit with a sharp knife.
*To ensure that pitas puff up, the dough must be warm, the pitas must be distributed evenly throughout the oven and the oven must VERY HOT.
Makes 12 pitas.
Each pita: 170 calories; 2 gm dietary fiber; 1 gm soluble fiber; 25 gm carbohydrates; 3 gm protein; 5 gm fat (30% calories from fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 245 mg sodium; 32 mg potassium; 6 mg calcium.
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