How to make Pita Bread

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Pita Bread is a wonderful food and it is super easy to make. Learn three simple ways of making pita bread dough at home! When you are finished you will have pita bread for pita pocket sandwiches, as a side dish for Mediterranean food, or to have as a snack with hummus and veggies!

By Hand

Combine yeast, water, salt, oil, and sugar into a large bowl and stir well to proof. Wait for 5 minutes, add half the flour and incorporate. Add the remaining flour and combine thoroughly.

Put dough on a lightly floured surface and knead dough for 3-5 minutes.

Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough inside. Cover the bowl and put in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.

With a Stand Mixer

Place flour, salt, sugar, and yeast into the bowl of the stand mixer. Attach the dough hook, run the mixer on low to medium speed, and slowly add the water and oil. Run the mixer until the dough forms a ball.

Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough inside. Cover the bowl with a towel and put in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.

With a Bread Machine

Place the ingredients in this order into bread machine; water, flour, salt, oil, sugar, yeast. Select the dough setting.

Notes

If the dough is too dry then add additional water in 1 tablespoon increments. If the dough is too sticky then add additional flour in 1 tablespoon increments.

Pita Bread Recipe

Yields 8 pitas

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups warm water (110 F/ 45 C)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

Directions

Use one of the methods for creating dough above.

Divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls.

Roll each ball into a circle. Set aside on a floured surface and cover with a towel.

Let pitas rise about 30-60 minutes until slightly puffy.

Preheat oven to 450 F

Place pitas on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5-10 minutes, until the tops begin to brown.

Serve hot or warm.

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