Pita Bread Recipe
Are you looking for a delicious pita recipe? Look no further, this soft fluffy pita recipe is so good that you’d want to make it over and over again. My love for pita bread started in my teenage years, living in London, my father would often buy food from family own Arabic/Middle Eastern restaurants, needless to say, I was always excited to eat the fresh falafels, vegetables that were mixed with the most delicious sauces and wrapped in a pillow of love otherwise known as fresh pita bread. Ahh, I loved eating from those restaurants. However, now I live in a region without these cuisines and I had to practise making my own pita breads. So, here we are today with my pita bread recipe!
What is pita bread?
Pita bread otherwise known as Arabic bread is one of the most ancient bread, it has Middle Eastern roots but is enjoyed all over the world. What is a traditional pita bread usually made with? Flour, water, yeast and salt. So can vegans eat pita bread? Well, if it is made traditionally then yes! But some variations may include yoghurt, so look out for that. How is pita bread cooked? Pita bread is typically cooked at a high temperature for a short period of time – this allows the water in the bread to turn into steam and form the classic pocket. The pocket is one of the distinctive aspects of a pita but there are pocketless variations such as the Greek pita. Today I will be sharing my fluffy Greek pita bread recipe, you can enjoy it with different appetisers, salads or you could use it for gyros.
Ingredients for pita bread
- 600g all-purpose flour
- 7g yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
- 1/2 baking powder (optional)
- 300ml lukewarm water
Note: this recipe makes 8 medium pitas or 5 large pitas.
How to make pita bread – Method
- First, prepare the yeast by mixing it with 300ml of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of sugar. Let it rest for 5 minutes (it will form a foam on top when it is ready). Once, it is frothy add the olive oil and stir.
The oil is not necessary but it helps preserve the bread and gives it a better texture.
2. Next, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well, before adding the yeast and water into the dry ingredients. Once the ingredients are combined continue to mix it together with a wooden spoon until it forms a loose “ball” shape (like below).
3. Next, dust your working surface with a generous amount of flour (about 1-2 handfuls). Place the dough onto the surface and knead it for 5-7 minutes until it comes together and looks like a smooth ball. Then let it rest in a large, clean, lightly oiled bowl. It will need to rest for 1-2 hours depending on your local climate (the warmer it is the less time it will need).
4. Once it has rested and doubled in size, turn the dough onto a flour-dusted surface. At this point, you will want to separate a handful worth of dough for each pita. For each one, form a small ball and flatten it in your hand. Continue by rolling the pieces out with a rolling pin, they should be 6-7 inch oval/circle shapes (they don’t have to be perfect).
Note: if you want to make bigger pitas, take 2 handfuls worth of dough out and roll it out into 12-inch circles (this is ideal for gyros or a wrap).
5. Next, heat up a pan on medium-high heat. Then, brush the pan with a little oil and cook the pita on either side for 40-60 seconds. Personally, I prefer cooking them in a pan but if you want the classic pocket, you may bake them in the oven at 475°F (245°C). For this method, place the pitas on a baking tray (with baking paper). Let them cook at the middle/bottom of the oven for 2 minutes on each side. Note: it is very easy to over cook pita bread in the oven, so keep a close eye on your pitas.
6. Finally, you may serve the pitas straight away or place them on a plate and cover them with a clean kitchen cloth, as this shall prevent them from drying out quickly.
Looking for another recipe to pair with pita bread?
If you are looking for a delicious recipe to eat this with you should try my saucy, vegan-friendly Sirene po Shopski recipe (click here for the recipe).
Did you like this recipe? Feel free to share it on your social media, it helps support my blog, thanks!