Middle Eastern Pita Bread Recipe

Pita Bread
The Spruce
Ratings (112)
  • Total: 3 hrs 36 mins
  • Prep: 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: 10 to 12 pita breads
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
456 Calories
13g Fat
75g Carbs
10g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It's nearly impossible to replicate exactly the pita bread eaten in the Middle East because most home kitchens don't have brick ovens capable of reaching very high temperatures. But this recipe comes very close.

Pita bread is served at just about every meal in the Middle East. It can be used for dipping, or to make delicious sandwiches in the pocket.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package of yeast (or quick-rising yeast)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup water (lukewarm)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10 to15 minutes until water is frothy.

    Yeast for pita bread.
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  3. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl; make a small depression in the middle of the flour.

    Flour for pita bread.
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  4. Slowly add 1 cup of warm water into that depression and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.

    Adding warm water to flour.
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  5. Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10 to 15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it has been successfully kneaded.

  6. Coat a large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough into the bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated.

    Pita bread dough.
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  7. Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

    Proving pita bread dough.
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  8. Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10 to 12 small pieces.

    Pinching pita bread dough.
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  9. Place balls on floured surface. Let sit covered for 10 minutes.

    Pita dough balls.
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  10. Heat oven to 500 F and make sure rack is at the very bottom of the oven. Be sure to also heat your baking sheet.

  11. Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5 to 6 inches across and 1/4-inch thick.

    Rolling out pita dough.
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  12. Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 more minutes.

    Baked pita dough.
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  13. Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack. While still warm, take a spatula and gently push down on each puff. When they are thoroughly cool, place in storage bags.

    Homemade pita bread.
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  14. Enjoy!

Storing Pita Bread

Pita bread can be stored for up to 1 week in a pantry or bread box, and up to 1 month in the freezer. Be sure to use freezer bags when storing in the freezer.