Pita Bread also is known as pocket bread and made with white or whole wheat flour. Pita can be cut into wedges and served with meals or appetizers, especially dips, or is halved crosswise, and the resulting pockets may be filled with various vegetables, salads to make a sandwich. We love to serve it with traditional hummus, fresh herbs, and cucumbers. Pitas are pretty amazing just warm from the oven with a drizzle of your favorite oil.
For this pita recipe, I made my own flour by grinding soft white wheat.
Homemade Pita Bread
Makes: 10 pitas
- 3 1/2 cups white wheat, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp. instant dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
Preheat the oven to 425F. Line two baking sheets with a parchment paper.
Put the lukewarm water in a small bowl and stir in the yeast and sugar. Cover and let stand in a warm place until foamy, about 5-7 minutes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, knead until the dough is elastic and springs back when gently pressed about 5-7 minutes. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into ten pieces for small pitas. It is a great size for snacks and lunch boxes. Form dough into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin into discs.
Cover them with a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm place for 20 minutes.
With a large spatula, flip the disks of dough upside down on to a baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until puffed and lightly golden. Serve warm with your favorite hummus.
You may store baked pitas for up to two days well wrapped or keep them in a freezer for three weeks.
Angie SchneiderMarch 6, 2015 at 5:20 am
Your pita pockets look puffy and perfect!
Rosa's Yummy YumsMarch 6, 2015 at 8:14 am
Homemade pita breads are the best and yours look perfect!
MedejaMarch 6, 2015 at 10:36 am
Oh they look just beautiful 🙂 I can imagine that fresh pita tastes just fantastic..
Shibi ThomasMarch 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm
I too make it at home and they are so good.
La Table De NanaMarch 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm
Beautiful puffy pillows:)
AnonymousMarch 6, 2015 at 6:40 pm
Never tried making pita before Yelena. Are they difficult? It's just cusping on our autumn now with cold nights and lovely chilly mornings and pretty soon we will be waking Brunhilda up from her summer slumber and I will then have all of the means at my hands to indulge my baking desires to the max. Pita might be first on the list this year methinks. Cheers for the delicious share 🙂