How to Make Homemade Pita Bread

How to Make Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread

A staple in most Mediterranean and Middle Eastern households has always been pita, or pitta, bread. It’s a round flatbread typically served with a wide range of side dishes, dips, and mezze platters, including falafel, hummus, tzatziki, and more.

Among Greek cuisine, specifically, pita bread is one of the most widely-known foods as it’s regularly served in street food dishes and family meals like gyros.

If you want to make delicious, homemade pita bread, check out our easy pita recipe today!

Is Making Homemade Pita Worth It?

Depending on your skill level in the kitchen and how much time you want to spend cooking, making your own pita bread at home is definitely worth it.

The recipe isn’t very complex, but it will require some planning and forethought on your part, as the dough must rest until it doubles in size before you can cook it. Typically, this takes a minimum of two hours. So if you’re in a hurry, you may find it more convenient to buy pita bread at your local grocery store instead (…and for the fresh from the oven feeling, warm it up in the toaster or oven).

But if you have time to set aside, this recipe will leave you with fresh-baked, fragrant, warm pita bread to enjoy with your meal.

How to Make Pita Bread

Pita bread is a relatively simple dish-–especially if this isn’t your first time making bread. You only need a handful of ingredients, a bit of resting time for the dough, and a hot skillet to cook it on.

Tools and Ingredients to Make Homemade Pita

What Tools Are Needed to Make the Dough?

Similar to the ingredient list, the tools you need for this recipe are very straightforward.

We recommend the following:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Stand mixer with a dough hook attachment
  • Spoon or dough scraper
  • Proofing bag

Additionally, you will need a knife, a parchment-lined pan, a rolling pin, and a cast-iron skillet to finish resting, prepping, and cooking the pita. You may also find a food scale helpful when dividing the dough into equal portions.

If you don’t have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can knead the dough by hand. Just make sure you mix in your ingredients properly and achieve the desired consistency.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Pita Bread

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and cooking implements, it’s time to start making pita bread.

Step One: Starting the Dough

To start your dough, you’ll need to combine your lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast with 90 grams of flour in your mixing bowl. Whisk these ingredients together until they’re well combined, and set them to the side in a warm place for fifteen minutes.

Step Two: Combining the Remaining Ingredients

After your dough rests, add oil, salt, and another 90 grams of flour. Then, attach your dough hook to your mixer, and mix the ingredients until the dough is soft and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.

If the dough continues to stick, add another 45 grams of flour.

Step Three: Kneading the Dough

Once your dough is no longer sticking to the bowl, turn your mixer on a low speed and allow it to knead the dough for approximately five minutes.

While you’re waiting for the dough to finish this step, go ahead and lightly flour a flat surface and thinly oil a bowl.

Step Four: The First Proof

When your dough is kneaded, scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl and pour the dough out onto your floured surface. Then, form it into a ball and place it into your oiled bowl. Roll the dough ball around the bowl until it is evenly coated with the oil.

After your dough is well-oiled, place it into a proofing bag and leave it to rest in a warm, draft-free area until the dough doubles in size. On average, this process takes at least two hours, but more time may be required if it hasn’t adequately risen

Step Five: Dividing the Dough

Once the dough has successfully risen, remove it from the proofing bag and place it on a lightly floured surface. Cut it into six equal pieces with a sharp knife.

Note that you can use a food scale in this step to ensure that your dough balls are precisely the same size if you prefer.

Step Six: Forming Your Dough Balls

When you have equally-sized dough chunks, go ahead and roll them into balls. To do this, you’ll need to pull in the sides of each dough ball and tuck the ends underneath before rolling them between your hands to achieve the desired effect.

The Second Proof for Homemade Pita

Step Seven: The Second Proof

After you’ve rounded your dough balls out, place them two inches apart on a parchment-lined pan that you’ve dusted with flour. Then, you’ll need to place this pan back in the proofing bag, where it must rest for thirty minutes.

Rolling out Your Pita

Step Eight: Rolling Out Your Pita & the Final Proof

When the second proof is finished, roll your dough balls out with a rolling pin until they form round, ¼-inch-thick pitas. Then, rest the dough for a final thirty-minute proof.

Cooking your Homemade Pita

Step Nine: Cooking Your Pita

Once the final proof is complete, brush a cast-iron skillet with a small amount of oil and set it over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add each pita to the skillet and cook it until the bread puffs up and the bottom browns slightly. This should take approximately two minutes.

Finally, flip the pita over and repeat the two-minute cook on the top and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

When you first mix your yeast with the other ingredients, you need to look for bubbles to form as you whisk it and as it sits over the fifteen-minute rest period. If no bubbles form, your yeast is inactive and will not help your dough to rise during any of the proofs.

If your pita doesn’t puff up when you cook it in your skillet, it may be because your pan isn’t hot enough. Make sure that you have sufficient heat so that your bread can properly bake and fry in the skillet.

We haven’t specifically tested how gluten-free flours and other substitutions work in our recipe, but if you’d like to create a recipe, please comment below.

Yes – but this recipe is for our traditional pita bread. If you’d like us to make a recipe, contact us. Alternatively, we offer freshly baked keto-friendly pita bread, click here to find Keto bread near you.

Yes! Pita bread is made with no animal products or byproducts. That means there are no dairy, eggs, or animal fats used at all. It’s 100% vegan-friendly.

You can substitute healthier options in this recipe, wherever you want, but we cannot guarantee that the outcome will be exactly right, as some substitutions may not work well with our recipe. If you do try a substitution, please tell us about it in the comments below!

You can meal-prep pita bread in one of two ways.

If you want to prep the dough to be cooked later, simply follow the steps in the instructions above and place it in the fridge after the final proof. It’s crucial that you do not refrigerate the dough until after it has properly risen because the cold can interfere with the yeast and prevent your pita from developing a fluffy texture.

If you want to go ahead and cook your pita and store it for later, you can do that too. Simply follow the cooking instructions and place your cooked pita in an airtight container after it cools.

You have several different storage options for your pita. Avoid heat sources (like on top of the fridge) and keep out of direct sunlight. In most cases, you can leave it in an airtight container in your pantry or breadbox for five to seven days, or you can extend its shelf-life by storing it in your freezer, which can last up to three months.

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