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Best Pita Bread Recipe

  • Author: Chris Dalziel
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pita 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


Pita bread is just the right size for a sandwich.  It’s quick to make.  You don’t even need to wait for the dough to rise a second time before you bake it.


  • 1 cup water at 100F
  • 1 tbsp. baking yeast
  • 1 tbsp. organic sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of flour, unbleached all-purpose


  • Put water, yeast, and sugar or honey in a 2 cup glass measuring cup.
  • Stir to dissolve the yeast.
  • Prove the yeast by letting it get bubbly in the cup.
  • Pour the yeast into a mixing bowl.
  • Add salt, olive oil, egg and 1 cup of flour to the mixing bowl and mix well until the batter is smooth.
  • Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing with the dough hook on your stand mixer, (or by hand) until all the flour has been incorporated.
  • Mix with the dough hook, or knead by hand, until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be soft. Don’t add more flour.
  • Cover the bowl and let it rise at room temperature for 40 minutes, or until the dough is triple in bulk.
  • Preheat oven to 500F. Place a heavy baking sheet in the oven and preheat the baking sheet.
  • Divide the dough into 16 pieces.
  • Cover the pieces with a cloth to keep them from drying out.
  • Working with one piece at a time, roll out the dough into a thin round about 7 inches in diameter.
  • When the oven is up to temperature remove the baking sheet.
  • Flour the baking sheet but don’t oil or grease it.
  • Place 3 rounds of dough on the hot baking sheet and place it in the oven.
  • Set a timer for 3 minutes.
  • Turn the pitas and bake the second side for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.
  • Transfer the pitas to a covered plate and cover with a towel to hold in the steam.
  • This prevents the pitas from drying out.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough until all 16 pitas are done.


If you are at sea-level, you may want your oven slightly hotter than 500F for making pitas.Keep your trays hot when making the pitas to insure that the pitas puff properly.


  • Serving Size: 1 pita
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