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Homemade Pita Bread

July 25, 2019 (Last Updated: July 3, 2020)

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Homemade Pita Bread is perfect for filling or wrapping. This delicious whole wheat pita bread is deliciously soft and tasty. 

Homemade pitas with sandwich fixings.

These homemade pitas were really fun to make! I love making bread of almost any kind. There’s just something about working with the dough, watching it rise and then there’s that amazing smell while it’s baking! What’s not to love?

Balls of bread dough resting on a counter with flour on the counter.

What is pita bread?

Pita bread is a round, flat, yeast bread that is common in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Pitas often form a pocket inside when they are baking. 

What is white wheat flour?

This pita recipe is made with whole wheat and regular white flour.  When I use whole wheat flour, I usually use a white whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is different than traditional whole wheat flour. It is made from a different type of wheat. 

It’s milled from a white spring wheat rather than the traditional red spring wheat. It has a lighter flavor. You can use either type of whole wheat flour. 

I like to use the white whole wheat in my baking since it has such a mild flavor. 

How do I make pita bread?

  • In a large mixing bowl for a stand mixer, add water, yeast and honey. Let sit until bubbly.

  • Add olive oil, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix on low speed.

  • Continue adding flour one cup at a time until all flour is incorporated.

  • Knead in stand mixer for 5 -10 minutes.

  • Shape dough into a round and place in a bowl greased with olive oil. Rotate the dough so all sides get coated with the oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Let set for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. 

  • Gently deflate the dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into fourths. Divide each fourth into three equal parts. You want 12 equally divided pieces of dough.

  • Shape each piece into a smooth ball.  Place one piece of dough on the counter. Cup your hand over the dough. Rotate the dough in a circular motion with your hand until it becomes a smooth ball. Set aside and cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining pieces. Rolling out disc of bread dough.

  • Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately 6 inches. Place each round on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining dough.  Pita bread dough rolled out and ready for the oven.

  • Let dough rest for one hour. The dough will not rise very much during this time.

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. This sheet will not be used for baking but helps create a barrier for the bottom of the bread so it doesn’t become too brown.

  • Place four rounds of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Do not overlap dough. Bake for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned. Remove pitas to a baking rack and repeat with remaining dough.

You do need a bit of counter space when making these pitas. The space is for all the rolled out pitas. Once you roll them out, they need a place to rise. Plan for 12, six inch rounds all on the counter.

 

These pitas puff up when they bake, creating a pocket. I have to be totally honest, not all my pitas created a pocket. I actually had four that decided to stay flat! They were still great to eat. There just wasn’t a pocket inside.

I adapted this recipe from Fine Cooking. In the article, the author also states not all the pitas create a pocket. That made me feel a bit better!

How to make certain your pitas form a pocket

  • Allow the rounds enough time to rest.
  • Handle the rounds as gently as possible when moving to a baking sheet.
  • Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet.

Homemade Pita Bread stacked three pitas high.

What is the difference between Pita Bread and Naan Bread?

Pita bread and naan bread have some similarities. They are both a round flatbread. Naan is usually made with additional ingredients including yogurt, milk, eggs, and butter. 

Homemade Pita Bread fresh out of the oven and resting on a baking rack.

Once the pitas have cooled, slice in half and fill with your favorite lunch fixings or slice the pitas and dip into your favorite hummus. I love to fill my pita pockets with sliced turkey, cheese, onions, sprouts and sliced cucumbers. You can add any of your favorite sandwich fixing and make your own delicious filled pita pocket sandwich. 

A pita sandwich made with sprouts, cucumbers, onions and cheese.

You can use these pitas to make Baked Pita Chips.

If you enjoy making your own bread, you might also enjoy these recipes:

 

Round disks of bread dough on a flat surface sprinkled with flour.

 

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Check out all my homemade bread recipes!

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread

Kathy
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 12 pitas
Calories 249 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl for a stand mixer, add water, yeast and honey. Let sit until bubbly.
  • Add olive oil, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix on low speed.
  • Continue adding flour one cup at a time until all flour is incorporated.
  • Knead in stand mixer for 5 -10 minutes.
  • Shape dough into a round and place in a bowl greased with olive oil. Rotate the dough so all sides get coated with the oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Let set for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. 
  • Gently deflate the dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into fourths. Divide each fourth into three equal parts. You want 12 equally divided pieces of dough.
  • Shape each piece into a smooth ball.  Place one piece of dough on the counter. Cup your hand over the dough. Rotate the dough in a circular motion with your hand until it becomes a smooth ball. Set aside and cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  • Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately 6 inches. Place each round on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining dough. 
  • Let dough rest for one hour. The dough will not rise very much during this time.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. This sheet will not be used for baking but helps create a barrier for the bottom of the bread so it doesn't become too brown.
  • Place four rounds of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Do not overlap dough. Bake for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned. Remove pitas to a baking rack and repeat with remaining dough. 

Notes

  • Can use all purpose flour instead of white wheat flour. 
  • Not all pitas will create a pocket. Handle rolled out rounds carefully when moving to baking sheet.
  • Regular whole wheat flour can be used in place of the white whole wheat flour.
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast equals one packet of yeast.
  • Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 196mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg
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Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Update: This recipe was originally posted in July 2017. The recipe and post have been updated.

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 31, 2019 at 11:31 am

    5 stars
    Pita bread is so fun. I love the endless possibilities of what to fill it with. Interesting about the differences in the wheat flours. Learn something new every day! 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 2, 2019 at 6:09 am

      The possibilities are endless!

  • Reply
    Ramona
    July 27, 2019 at 8:11 am

    5 stars
    These pita bread look absolutely perfect. I have made a few times pita bread at home and I know that no market bought ones can ever be compared. It is amazing how easy to make these are too. Lovely recipe indeed.

  • Reply
    April
    July 27, 2019 at 5:30 am

    5 stars
    This such a great pita bread. I’ve seen a few similar recipes today but this one is truly one-of-a-kind. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Thanks, April!

  • Reply
    Byron Thomas
    July 27, 2019 at 4:37 am

    5 stars
    I had no idea that there wasn’t any special technique applied to making sure those pitas formed a pocket. I thought it was some kind of witchcraft! Ha! These turned out perfectly and tasted so fresh. I don’t think store-bought pitas will be something we buy again. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Thanks, Byron!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    July 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made homemade pita bread before – but oh do I love pita bread!! I cannot wait to try this soon, Kathy 🙂 Delicious!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    July 26, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Ooooh this sounds surprisingly like something I could make, ha, never imagined I’d be making my own pitas! They would be perfect for some Donair mmm

  • Reply
    Leslie
    July 25, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made pita bread before. I think this is a recipe that the whole family would love to join in on! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      They would have fun helping!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 25, 2019 at 7:22 am

    5 stars
    You always inspire me to get bread baking in the the kitchen Kathy! These look so fluffy and delicious! Perfect for stuffing.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 25, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann! I do love baking and baking bread is my favorite!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 26, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      They are great for sandwiches!

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