Have you ever wondered where the pocket in the pita comes from? I mean, how does it get there?
It’s mesmerizing, isn’t it?
Seriously though, I could watch this on repeat all. day. long.
It’s almost as therapeutic as kneading bread dough (big edible stress ball, right? Or maybe that’s just me).
Homemade pita is surprisingly easy, and you’ll be in awe when your flat little pieces of dough magically puff up in the oven like little yeasty clouds. They’re as entertaining to make as they are to eat.
Homemade pita is like night and day when compared to the stale and flavorless store bought versions. Made with mostly all-purpose flour but with a bit of whole wheat for added texture and flavor (and you can increase the proportion of whole wheat flour too, up to 1 cup, as long as the overall amount of flour stays the same), plus a little bit of honey for added sweetness.
Trust me, the next time you make Gyros or (my favorite) Greek Turkey Tacos, try using homemade pita instead. It only takes a little bit of extra time and is so worth the extra effort.
Homemade Pita Bread
Homemade pita bread is a true revelation: soft and fluffy and full of yeasty flavor. Watch like magic as they puff up in the oven!
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup (75g) whole wheat flour
- 1 cup lukewarm (95-100ºF) water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Whisk together all-purpose and whole wheat flours until evenly incorporated. Set aside.
- Place lukewarm water in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir in honey, then sprinkle yeast evenly over top. Stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of sifted flour mixture, then mix on low speed until all flour is incorporated (it will be a little chunky, that’s ok). Let sit in a warm location for 15 minutes or until frothy.
- Add remaining flour along with olive oil and salt and mix with the paddle attachment until mixture comes together in a shaggy dough. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead on low speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until dough is smooth and pulls off the sides of the bowl (it will still stick to the bottom). Scrape onto a generously floured surface and knead in another 2-4 tablespoons of flour until dough comes together in a smooth, yet still slightly tacky, ball.
- Lightly coat a clean bowl with olive oil. Place dough in bowl, flipping to coat all sides with oil. Lightly cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and let sit in a warm location until doubled in volume, about 1-2 hours.
- Position oven rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven; preheat to 500ºF. Place a pizza stone or upside-down baking sheet on the rack to preheat as well.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a uniform log. Using a pastry cutter or a knife, cut into 8 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball, then arrange on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a slightly damp dish towel and a layer of plastic wrap; keep dough balls covered as you work.
- Working with one pita one at a time, lightly sprinkle dough with flour and roll into a thin circle, approximately 1/4” thick. Carefully transfer to hot pizza stone. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until pita has bubbled and puffed and bottom is lightly golden brown, then carefully flip with tongs and bake for 1 to 2 minutes more. Bake slightly longer if you prefer a crispier pita.
- Remove pita from oven using tongs (be careful, the steam inside the pocket is very hot). Place pita on a plate and immediately cover with a clean dish cloth. Let sit for a few minutes, then transfer to a zip-top freezer bag. This will keep the pita warm and soft while you bake the rest. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
- Serve warm, or store in a zip top bag in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. You can also freeze fresh pita for later use.
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I used this recipe to make Turkish pide. I have been looking for a good recipe to replicate what I used to get in Istanbul. This recipe turned out perfect. Instead of small pitas, I made 2 Turkish pides. I had to add a bit more flour into the mixer to form a ball. Otherwise, it was a huge success with our guests. The next time, I will use less honey as I could taste the sweetness; not a bad thing, but the Turkish pides do not have that sweet undertones. Oh, it took 10 minutes in the oven because of the larger size. Many thanks.
I am not able to access your whole recipe anymore. I have made this before and it is no fail spot on amazing pita bread.
Try now! The Kitchenaid blog went belly up a few months back, I’m trying to transfer all the recipes to live in full on my blog but I knew I had missed some! Hopefully you can access it now. :)
This reminds of one of my favorite things that my dad used to make when we were kids. He would fill pita with everything form cheesy hamburger goodness to taco fillings and its still one my favorite vessels for an easy dinner.
Um, that sounds amazing.
Pinning this and trying this recipe! Thank you! Pita bread = magic
And if you don’t have a convection oven?
The recipe is written for a standard oven, so you’re good to go! Guessing you’re looking at the fan you can see spinning in the gif… but that’s just the design of the oven. I didn’t actually bake these with convection.
Oh my god, I was so happy to see this in my inbox this morning! I’ve always wanted to make pita bread, because I can never find one at our grocery store. And it’s so easy! Adding this to my menu next week along with my falabels! Yum!!
that video! so fun. and yes you could totally watch that all day long.
I’ve never made homemade pita bread but I definitely will now. It does look like fun and easy! Thanks Lindsay for sharing this recipe.
Love your video! Homemade pita is the best. Looking forward to trying your recipe.
I’ve made Indian poori, but never pitas. And yet, as you say, the packaged variety leave a lot to be desired. I’m definitely going to try out your recipe in the next couple of days. Pitas are perfect for stuffing with late-summer grilled veggies.
And that gif is awesome!!!!
it’s so cool to watch it grow :D