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Homemade Pitta Bread

Homemade pitta bread is so easy to make and taste so much better than ready made. The pockets are perfect for all your favourite fillings or eaten with a tasty dip like hummus.

Homemade Pitta Bread is much easier to make than you think, you can even get the kids involved. They will love watching the pittas balloon up in the oven! If your pittas don’t balloon up, it’s usually because the oven isn’t hot enough. Don’t worry though, they still taste delicious and can be eaten with hummus or simply rolled around your filling.

Our favourite filling here at the Kitchen Shed for those handy pockets is Chicken Kebabs Take Away Style.These gorgeous pittas are made with white flour, although I have included a choice of wholemeal too. Fully wholemeal pitta breads can be extra fragile so I tend to use ⅓ wholemeal flour to ⅔ white flour.

 

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Homemade Pitta Bread

Homemade pitta breads are so easy to make and taste so much better than ready made. The pockets are perfect for all your favourite fillings or eaten with a tasty dip like hummus.
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Course: Appetizer, bread, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Baking, Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12 Makes 12 large pittas
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Sarah James
Makes 12 large pittas

Equipment

  • You will need: 2 or 3 large baking trays/sheets with liners or baking parchment

Ingredients

  • 450 g white bread flour or 150 g wholemeal bread flour and 300 g strong white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 250 ml tepid water

Instructions

By hand:

  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the oil and a little water, mix well adding a little water at a time until you have formed a ball of dough.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 10 to 12 minutes.

KitchenAid:

  • Add flour, salt and yeast to the mixing bowl, make a well and the oil and water.
  • Mix on slow speed number 1 for 1 to 2 minutes and then on number 2 speed for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Check your dough is ready by using the windowpane test.

Prove your dough:

  • Place your dough in a large greased bowl and cover and leave to rest in a warm place for about one and a half hours or until doubled in size.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and divide into 90 g portions, 8 balls. I like to weigh them to make sure they get an even bake but you can divide into 8 equal portions by eye if you prefer.
  • Shape into balls, cupping in your hands and place them on a large baking sheet.
  • Gently press the balls of dough to flatten them a little.
  • Cover with greased clingfilm/plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and leave to rest for approximately 10 minutes.

Bake your pittas:

  • Preheat oven to 475℉/240℃/Gas mark 9
  • Place a baking sheet on the middle shelf of the oven to get nice and hot.
  • Roll out your flattened dough balls into pitta shapes as thinly as you can get them, approximately 4 to 5 mm thick and place the rolled out pittas on to a spare baking sheet with a liner, you may only get 3 or 4 to a sheet, you want them spaced well apart so they don’t touch when they rise.
  • As soon as you have your first tray ready with rolled pittas, take it to the oven and slide your liner with the pittas on to the hot baking tray.
  • You can if you wish place the pittas straight on to the tray with a paddle or your hand, I just happen to be a bit clumsy and either get burnt or fold the pitta. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes until your pittas balloon up.
  • Once your pittas have ballooned up remove them from the oven – if you leave them any longer they will go too crispy. Transfer to a wire rack. Once you have a stack of pittas, wrap them in a clean tea towel.

Notes

If your pittas don’t balloon up, it’s usually because the oven isn’t hot enough.
Don’t worry though, they still taste delicious and can be eaten with hummus or simply rolled around your filling.
Toast if you wish but I love homemade pittas just as they are.
Pittas are best eaten the day you make them.
Homemade pittas freeze well so you can take them out of the freezer as you need them.
 
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pitta Bread
Serving Size
 
1 pitta
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
173
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
197
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
57
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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[…] was a win-win for us. For the most part, we switched between Homemade Pizza, Chicken Kebabs with Homemade Pitta Breads and curry nights. A curry night was our top favourite, especially when we had visitors staying, and […]

Lesley

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

So glad I tried this recipe, it worked perfectly. I found the dough easy to knead by hand (on a lightly oiled surface) , the shape easy to roll and they cooked so quickly! They looked exactly like good shop bought -coming from a keen cook who has mixed success wherever yeast is involved - and tasted better as the yeast came through. Thanks (trying to give 5 stars but screen not letting me)

Ann-Marie

Monday 5th of February 2018

Just made these pitta breads and they are fab. Only one didn't puff up fully but probably something I did wrong. Will be my go to recipe in future. Thank you.

sarahj

Saturday 28th of April 2018

That's great news Ann-Marie. It's quite normal to get the odd pitta bread that doesn't puff up so I shouldn't worry too much about it. Pleased to hear you'll be making them again, you can't beat homemade pitta breads :-)

Caroline

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Hi, I noticed sugar in the comments but not under the ingredients list? Yeast requires sugar to rise. Did I miss it? Thanks

sarahj

Saturday 8th of April 2017

Hi Caroline, thanks for visiting my blog and spotting a typo. As I'm using instant yeast I don't find it necessary to always use sugar in savoury bread and I haven't used any in this recipe, the sugar in the recipe instructions is a typo. Amending the instructions now and thanks so much for letting me know.

Caz

Friday 10th of March 2017

I've just stumbled on your website and you've inspired me!!!!! Chicken kebabs and homemade pittas on the cards tonight!!!! Thank you and I'll let you know how they turn out :)

sarahj

Friday 10th of March 2017

Hi Caz, so pleased you stumbled across my blog. Looking forward to hearing how you get on, I hope you enjoy Homemade Chicken Kebabs and Pittas as much as we do :-)