Easy Homemade Pita Bread

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Homemade pita bread is easy and cheap. No need to pay grocery markups. Anyway, fresh is best!

Making your own pita bread is a very smart thing to do. Bread is always the same…mixed, risen, shaped, baked, and there can be a few twists and turns along the way. Pita bread is easy to make, inflates like a balloon, and like most other breads, is best enjoyed fresh.

What is the difference between naan bread and pita bread?

Both naan and pita are considered flatbreads, but they are very different. The ingredients used to make them are all unique. Pita bread typically contains yeast, sugar, flour, salt and olive oil, while naan contains many of these ingredients, plus eggs, butter and yogurt. These different ingredients make them unique both in taste and texture.

Is a baking stone necessary to make pita bread?

Although a baking stone works best, you can also use a regular baking sheet. Another option is to skip the oven entirely and cook the pita on the stovetop. To do this, you’ll need to preheat a large, heavy pan on high heat. Working one piece at a time, you can cook the pita bread in this hot skillet for 2-3 minutes per side. Be careful not to burn them.

Is a stand mixer necessary to make pita bread?

No! You don’t need a stand mixer to make pita bread. Instead, you can easily mix the dough in a large mixing bowl. When you add flour it gets harder to mix. When you can no longer mix, just switch to kneading the dough by hand until it is soft and pliable.

How many pita breads does this recipe make? how big are they

This recipe makes 8 to 12 pita breads, depending on how big you want them to be. This recipe will make about a dozen 8-inch pita breads. If you want larger pitas, you can make about ten 10-inch pitas or eight 12-inch pitas. For most uses, we recommend making 8-inch or 10-inch pita bread.

A pile of pita bread on a marble countertop.

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A pile of pita bread on a marble countertop.

Homemade pita bread is easy and cheap. No need to pay grocery markups. Anyway, fresh is best!

Preparation time 20 minute

cooking time 5 minute

Rise Time 2 Hour 20 minute

total time 25 minute

raw material

  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast or active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, water, sugar, and 3 cups flour to form a sponge. Let the sponge sit for 10 minutes. Add salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil.

  • Add remaining 3 cups flour at a time until dough forms a nice ball. Knead on medium speed for 5 minutes. It should become nice, smooth, shiny and bouncy.

  • Grease a large bowl with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roll the dough in the oil, place in a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for 2 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees with a baking stone (if you don’t have one, just place a baking sheet in the middle).

  • Divide dough into 12 portions. Roll out into an 8-inch round. Let the rounds rise for 20 minutes. Just before cooking, roll each piece into an 8-inch circle.

  • Cook in batches 2 at a time on the baking stone. They should puff up and brown within 3-5 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven, wrap in a clean dish towel, and place in a plastic bag to keep it soft and pliable.

Calories: 259kcal | carbohydrate: 47G | protein: 6G | fat: 4G | sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 70mg | fiber: 1G | calcium: 11mg | iron: 2.9mg