Did you know you can make homemade pita bread with just four ingredients that you likely have in your pantry? You can! And it’s really good.
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I always have yeast, water, salt, and flour on hand, so it’s easy to make pitas whenever the mood strikes.
They taste very much like the pitas our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant serves and are great to dip in olive oil with za’atar or just east plain!
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
You’re gonna love this – only FOUR ingredients in this pita bread & I’m sure you already have these things on hand.
- Yeast – I use active yeast (regular), which means you need to dissolve it in warm water.
- Warm Water
- Flour – I use all purpose white flour. I haven’t experimented with other types yet.
How to make Homemade Pita Bread
- First, dissolve the yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer (or a mixing bowl) in water.
- Then, add the salt and 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix with a dough hook to make a batter. Keep adding flour, as you’re mixing, until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead the dough for 8 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Use more flour if it’s sticky.
- Next, divide your dough on a floured surface into 6 pieces for large pitas or approximately 10 smaller pitas. Form into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin.
- Then, let the dough rest on a floured surface for 30-40 minutes. They should slightly puff up.
- While they’re resting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Finally, use a spatula to flip the rounds of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until they’re light golden & puffy.
What to serve it with
How long does pita bread last?
This homemade pita bread should be stored wrapped well and should last for two days. Or, you can freeze them for about 3 weeks.
Are pitas healthy?
Well, pitas are bread so full of carbs, but they are low in calories and a decent source of iron.
Tools you’ll need
- Stand Mixer with Dough Hook Attachment – I use my hand mixer for many things, but you really need a dough hook to knead the bread. You can knead it by hand, I have, but a dough hook makes life easier.
- Cutting Board – I like to roll my dough out on a floured cutting board instead of my counter. Personal preference.
- Rolling Pin – To flatten the dough balls. This one comes with a pastry mat, which would be handy.
- Large Spatula – To flip the dough rounds onto a baking sheet.
- Non-stick Baking Sheet or Ceramic Pizza Stone
Originally published September 14, 2012