Moroccan Pita Bread (Batbout) Recipe

Moroccan Pita Bread (Batbout) Recipe

The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Plus: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
124 Calories
4g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 124
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 3g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

While Middle Eastern pita bread is baked in the oven, the Moroccan equivalent, batbout, is cooked stove top in a skillet or on a griddle.

Also known as mkhamer or toghrift or matlou', it features a soft and chewy texture and, if cooked properly, a pita-like pocket that's perfect for making sandwiches of all kinds.

This recipe for batbout is made using a blend of white, whole-wheat, and semolina or durum flours. Adjust the ratio of flours to your own preference, but avoid using white flour only as the end result will be gummy.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 2 cups semolina (or durum flour)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 cups water (warm)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Moroccan Pita Bread (Batbout) Recipe ingredients

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  2. Activate the yeast by combining it with 1/4 cup of the warm water and a teaspoon of the sugar. Set the mixture aside until it's frothy, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    yeast, water and sugar in a bowl

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  3. In a large bowl, combine the flours, remaining sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.

    combine the flours, remaining sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  4. Add the yeast mixture, the oil, and the rest of the water, and mix to form a soft, manageable dough.

    dough in a bowl

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  5. Knead the dough in a mixer with a dough hook, or by hand on a lightly floured surface, for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. The dough should be quite soft but not sticky. If it's too sticky to work with, add a little flour one tablespoon at a time. If the dough feels a bit stiff, work in additional water one tablespoon at a time.

    dough on a floured surface

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  6. Divide the dough into smooth balls the size of small plums and let them rest, covered, on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes.

    dough balls covered with a towel on a floured surface

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  7. Roll out each ball into a thin circle about 1/8 inch thick. Set the rounds of dough on a clean, dry towel and cover. Leave to rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until light and puffy.

    dough rolled out on a floured surface

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  8. Heat a very lightly oiled cast-iron skillet, griddle or other nonstick pan over medium heat. Allow the pan to get quite hot.

    oiled skillet

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  9. Cook the batbout in batches, turning several times, until golden brown on both sides. The browning will be a bit uneven since the bread puffs up as it cooks, but that's okay.

    pita bread cooking in a skillet

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

  10. Transfer the cooked batbout to a rack or towel-lined basket to cool. It's fine to stack them while they're warm.

    Moroccan Pita Bread (Batbout) on a platter

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

Storing Batbout

Batbout will keep fresh for two days at room temperature. They freeze well and can be heated directly from the freezer in a microwave oven just until thawed. Avoid overheating or they will dry out.

About Batbout

  • Traditionally, you might find batbout served with grilled meats, but in Ramadan, batbout are often stuffed with tuna, cooked chicken, or kefta, cold cuts or other fillers.
  • When made thicker and without a pocket, you'll also find batbout dipped in hot syrup made from butter and honey, in the same manner done for msemen or beghrir
  • Kids will love watching you make batbout because the bread puffs up as it cooks.
  • Note that if the batbout is made thicker, as may be the case when serving with honey, the bread may not puff up. In that case, it still can be used for sandwiches by simply slicing or gently prying open the interior to make a pocket.

Recipe Tags: