I shared this Easy Pita Bread recipe here several years ago. But I decided that it’s worth sharing again as we head into fall baking season. Ready to watch some bread-making magic?
Don’t let the idea of making Homemade Pita Bread scare you! It’s as easy as:
- Mixing a few basic ingredients together.
- Rolling dough into little circles.
- Baking the little circles at high heat until they puff up and turn brown.
Also, filling them with delicious meat salads is quite fun too. Our favorites are:
Making Pita Bread will make you feel like a fancy cook, even though the work involved really isn’t at all complicated. Plus, watching the bread puff up in the oven is a lot of fun!
How to Make Easy Pita Bread
How to Make EASY Pita Bread
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground whole wheat from hard white wheat)
- 1½ teaspoons yeast
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- Stir together flour, yeast, and sea salt.
- Add honey, oil, and water, stirring until a nice dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a well floured surface for 4-5 minutes. (In other words: Mix dry ingredients. Add liquid ingredients. Stir well. Knead.) See? Easy.
- Place dough back into the bowl, cover, and allow dough to rest and rise for about an hour.
- Pull dough out of the bowl.
- Knead for about 30 seconds.
- Cut dough into eight equal parts.
- Roll each into a circle, about six or seven inches in diameter.
- Place circles directly onto a baking sheet after rolling.
- I baked mine on a well seasoned baking stone, so didn't find that I needed to grease my pan, but feel free to grease yours if you need to.
- Allow the dough circles to rest/rise on the baking sheet while you heat your oven to 500°.
- Place baking sheet of pita circles into hot oven.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes - just long enough for them to puff up and brown slightly.
- Allow pitas to cool, slice in half, and serve as desired.
Have you ever tried making Pita Bread before? What are your best suggestions for Pita Bread filling?
In answer to your question, ”Have you ever made pita bread?’ I have a funny story: Years ago, when we were raising our six, (five boys and a girl), homeschooling, etc., it was not unusual for me to ‘indulge my baking passion’ on a Saturday. My husband would go off to his job and 12 hour shift, the kids would be occupied, and I would go a little nuts. Okay…a LOT nuts! I would bake cookies, bread, muffins, bagels, sweet breads, whatever…..ALL IN ONE DAY – Hey! (was my reasoning)….as long as you have all the equipment out (grain grinder, mixer, baking supplies), might as well do it all, right? This one day I decided to try pita bread for the first time. Fast forward thirteen hours and Husband’s return: I was in another room, reading, when he entered with a (mock) look of bewilderment. “I don’t want to alarm you”, he said, “but I think the Body Snatchers have landed ‘cuz there are pods all over the kitchen!” Indeed there were! Because of my baking frenzy, every flat kitchen surface had a cooling tray of something on it, but It was the pita breads on the top of the fridge, microwave, rolling cart, EVERYWHERE that caught his attention!
That was my only ‘pita bread bake’. I remember it as surprisingly easy, yielding the hoped for product. Your post has encouraged me to bake them again! (I don’t go so ‘crazy’ anymore but this weekend, with a 12 y.o. granddaughter visiting, we baked apple turnovers, whole wheat bread, hamburger buns, croutons, cookies, and pound cake (some in my Zoji bread machine – CHEAT?).
I love your posts, Laura….GREAT encouragement for the, Ahem, younger homemakers, and always fun to follow your family ‘expansion’.
Hahaha! This was so much fun to read!