Quick and Easy Homemade Pita Bread

Quick and Easy Homemade Pita Bread

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Rising Time: 70 mins
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 11 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
59 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 11
Amount per serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 22mg 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.)

If you think making your own pita bread is a difficult task that takes years to master, think again. This pita bread recipe is easy to make and requires few ingredients. You'll be rewarded with delicious, puffy pockets—the signature characteristic of this Middle Eastern and Mediterranean bread.

Pita bread makes wonderful sandwiches, easy to stuff with your favorite fillings. It is also ideal for scooping up rice and sauce when served with a variety of dishes. Serve alongside hummus and other dips as an appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (divided, about 110 F)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for oiling the bowl)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Quick and Easy Homemade Pita Bread ingredients

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  2. Pour the yeast into 1/4 cup of the warm water; add the sugar and let stand for 10 minutes.

    yeast and water mixture

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  3. Sift 2 1/2 cups of the flour with the salt into a bowl.

    sift flour and salt in a bowl

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  4. Form a well in the center; pour in the yeast mixture and remaining 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

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  5. Begin to mix with your hand, wooden spoon, or dough hook of a standing mixer, adding remaining flour as needed to form a dough.

    mix pita dough in a bowl

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  6. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 to 15 minutes (or use the machine and dough hook) until the dough is smooth and soft but not sticky.

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  7. Oil a large bowl; place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat the entire surface with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and put the dough in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

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  8. Preheat oven to 475 F. Place a heavy baking sheet or baking stone on the lowest rack of the oven. Roll the dough out, then fold and roll again. Do this a few times to get the air bubbles out of the dough.

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  9. Divide the dough into balls about 2 1/2 ounces each (approximately 5 tablespoons of dough) and cover with a dampened towel.

    dough balls on a wood surface, covered with damp towel

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  10. Roll each ball into a circle on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, rolling and turning the dough as you would a pie crust. The circles should be about 1/4-inch thick and about 7 inches in diameter.

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  11. Sandwich each dough circle between floured cloths and let them rest while you roll the remaining dough balls.

    rolled out dough pieces between floured towels

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  12. Sprinkle the hot baking sheet or baking stone lightly with flour. Place a few of the circles on the stone or baking sheet (or as many as will comfortably fit on the pan).

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  13. Bake for about 5 minutes or until they just begin to show some color, carefully flipping them about halfway through.

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  14. Remove from the oven and cover with a clean kitchen towel until cooled. Repeat with the remaining dough and serve.

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    Tips

    • To get the pita into the oven safely, remove the top racks before preheating the oven. That way, when you put the pita into the oven, flip it, and remove it, you have enough space to maneuver and don't risk burning your hands.
    • Store any extra pita bread in food storage bags for up the three days.