Homemade Pita Bread (only 4 ingredients!)

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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.

stack of three homemade pita breads

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Serve these homemade pitas with shish tawook sandwiches and a salted chocolate chip cookie for dessert!

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!

three homemade pita breads on a marble surface


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
  • Salt
  • Flour – I use all purpose white flour. I haven’t experimented with other types yet.
flour pouring into mixing bowl

How to make Homemade Pita Bread

  1. First, dissolve the yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer (or a mixing bowl) in water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Then, let the dough rest on a floured surface for 30-40 minutes. They should slightly puff up.
  5. While they’re resting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  6. 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.
three dough rounds rolled out for homemade pita bread

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.

stack of 3 golden brown homemade pita breads

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
stack of 3 homemade pita breads with text overlay

Homemade Pita Bread

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
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.
4.63 from 32 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 10 pitas
Calories 137 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon active yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3 ½ cups all purpose flour


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water for about 5 minutes in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  • Add salt and 1 ½ cups flour and with the dough hook, beat to make a batter.
  • Add additional flour until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into six pieces for large pitas or ten for smaller.
  • Form dough into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin into ¼ inch thick discs. Try and keep an even thickness as this is what helps them ‘puff’.
  • Let rest on the floured surface 30-40 minutes until slightly puffed.
  • While the dough is resting, preheat oven to 425F.
  • With a large spatula, flip the rounds of dough upside down onto a baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until light golden.


Stick around for the first five minutes of baking when the pitas perform their magic and puff up from flat pancakes to proud, four inch high pitas.
These store for up to two days well wrapped or frozen for three weeks.


Serving: 1gCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gSodium: 233mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 6mgIron: 1.7mg

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Originally published September 14, 2012

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  1. Sarah E. says

    Yummmmm. I love making breads/doughs at home. Very little ingredients to make such a tasty treat!

  2. Rachel Willis says

    These look really good! I have always wanted to try and make pitas, thanks for the recipe!

  3. Amna K. says

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe it was really amazing 😉


  4. Sunny c says

    Do you freeze the dough? Or do you cook the pita and then freeze?

    • Melissa Williams says

      You can freeze after they’re baked if you have leftovers.

  5. Susan says

    5 stars
    I love this pita. I wrap it in a damp paper towel and heat for 15 seconds in the microwave. Delicious.

  6. Veronica says

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and they were so good. This was my first attempt at pita and I’m not sure why I was so scared of it lol. Love it!!

  7. Camila says

    Hi! I made them but left them in oven for only 10 minutes and they came out crispy, what did I do wrong? Is it supposed to go on low rack?

  8. Katie says

    5 stars
    I make this pita bread recipie every single weeks and my friends and family LOVE IT!

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