This picture-perfect, soft and pillowy Homemade Pita Bread can be made at home with many ingredients you may already have on hand. This yeast bread recipe turns out tender and delicious!

This Flatbread Recipe is SO much better than anything you can find in the grocery store. Give it a try!!! 

Homemade Pita Bread on a white ceramic plate with once sliced in half.

Why You Must Make

  • Pita bread has been on my bucket list for years. What I can find locally tastes nothing like the soft pillowy bread I ate as a child. I’m constantly disappointed with the quality of pita in our markets.
  • I was delighted with this puffed-up pocket bread I baked on my pizza stone.
  • After tasting freshly baked pita bread, you’ll never want the grocery store version again!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Kitchen Staples – Sugar, Warm Water, Table Salt
  • Yeast – I prefer Red Star Platinum yeast, a premium Instant Yeast. No matter what yeast you use, make sure it hasn’t expired.
  • Bread Flour – King Arthur brand is my favorite. Bread flour has more gluten so provides the structure needed for yeast bread.
  • Olive Oil – California Olive Ranch is my go-to brand. It has the date it was pressed along with an expiration date.
Homemade Pocket Bread in a wicker basket.

Expert Tips

There’s a bit of a learning curve when making a homemade pita bread recipe. Rolling out my balls of dough did not produce perfect rounds. Some were nearly ideal spheres, but others had an amoeba-like quality! Nevertheless, they were delicious!!

  • Before starting, make sure your yeast has not expired.
  • PRO-Tip: Did you know you can store yeast in the freezer to extend its lifespan?
  • Unopened yeast can be kept in the freezer for up to two years. After it’s open, it’s best to use it within 6 months.
  • PRO-Tip: The water to proof your yeast should be about 105-110°. 140° is the temperature that will immediately kill your yeast, so use a thermometer to make sure your water isn’t too hot.
  • If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, this is a super easy way to knead your bread.
  • PRO-Tip: During the kneading process, check the temperature of your mixer by placing your hand on top of the motor. If it’s hot, give it a rest before proceeding.
  • When proofing the dough, the ideal temperature is about 85°. Forcing it to rise at a warmer temperature may negatively affect the texture of your bread.
  • PRO-Tip: Resting the dough for about 15 minutes before rolling helps the gluten relax and makes the rolling process easier. 
  • Using a hot pizza stone in the oven is key. It replicates the classic method of making pita bread. The goal of soft, tasty pocket bread was achieved!
Homemade Flatbread Bread on a round white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Did Pita Bread Originate?

Pita is a flatbread that came from the Middle East. It can be made with either white or whole wheat flour.

Is Pita the same as Pocket Bread?

Yes, pita bread has a pocket in the middle and is also known as pocket bread.

How Do You Use Pitas?

Pita bread can be sliced into 2 semi-circles and filled with a variety of ingredients to make sandwiches like gyros. Each half can also be cut into wedges and used for dipping into hummus, baba ghanoush, seasoned olive oils, and more.

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Homemade Pita Bread on a round white plate

Homemade Pita Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Yield 8 pitas

A homemade version of the amazing pita bread you can get at Middle Eastern restaurants! Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence.

Ingredients

  • 1 package instant yeast, I used Red Star Platinum yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. In your heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water, and blend. Let the yeast stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the salt. Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at the lowest speed until all the flour has been incorporated. Mix for about 4 minutes until the dough forms a ball.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it's smooth and elastic. Oil a mixing bowl and place the dough into the bowl. Turn it over so an oiled surface is on the top, cover with plastic and move to a warm, non-drafty spot in your kitchen. Let rise until double in size, about 1½ hours.
  4. When the dough is almost done proofing, place a large pizza stone on a lower oven rack and preheat the oven to 500º.
  5. Punch the dough down, divide it into 8 pieces, and gather each piece into a ball. Dust dough balls with flour and keep them covered with a towel or plastic wrap. Allow the balls of dough to rest, for 15 minutes.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll each dough ball into a 6-8-inch round, about ¼-inch thick. So that it puffs up properly, make sure the round is smooth and without any folds. Cover the rounds after they're rolled.
  7. Place two of the rounds on the pizza stone and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bread puffs up like a balloon and is pale golden. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Notes

Total time does not include proofing time. 85° is the ideal proofing temperature.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 pita

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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