Pita Recipe, Only 5 Ingredients

Pita Bread Platter

Pita Bread Platter
Pita Bread Platter | Source

Homemade Traditional Pita Pocket Bread

If I can make this recipe, than any body can! It is as easy as easy gets. Five familiar ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, and a few guidelines, and you too will be serving up a tender satisfying Pita Bread in no time at all. You will be tossing the ingredients together in a bowl, kneading it a little, allow it to rise, (this is a good time for a nice cup of tea and a nap), pop it in the oven and behold, a puffy pocket bread for you to enjoy, and of course show off! Let's get making some pita bread right now!

5 Ingredient Pita Bread Recipe

5 stars from 4 ratings of Homemade Pita Bread

Cook Time: Prep Does not inclued rise time (45 min. to 2 hours) for pita dough

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 29 min
Yields: Serves six people 1 large pita round (60 g each)

The Five Pita Bread Ingredients

To make traditional Pita Bread you only need  five simple ingredients! Flour, yeast, salt, water, and oil!
To make traditional Pita Bread you only need five simple ingredients! Flour, yeast, salt, water, and oil! | Source

5 Simple Pita Bread Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (140 ml) Warm water, 95°F to 105°F (35° C to 40° C)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Flour, All-purpose or bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (35 ml) Olive oil, Preferably extra virgin, but any olive oil works
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Salt

A Quick Discussion About Yeast:

In steps 2 and 3 of this pita recipe, you will find instructions concerning yeast. To bring yeast to life, pour 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the warm water over the yeast granules. Let it revive the yeast for about 15 minutes. However, if you use fresh active yeast, mix it in with the water using a fork, and the 15 minute waiting period will not be required.

Picture by Picture Instructions for Starting Pita Bread

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Add salt to flour.Heat water for yeast between 95 and 105 degrees F.Add water to yeast to activate.Add yeast to mixture flour.Add olive oil to flour mixture.Knead dough and form into a ball.
Add salt to flour.
Add salt to flour. | Source
Heat water for yeast between 95 and 105 degrees F.
Heat water for yeast between 95 and 105 degrees F. | Source
Add water to yeast to activate.
Add water to yeast to activate. | Source
Add yeast to mixture flour.
Add yeast to mixture flour. | Source
Add olive oil to flour mixture.
Add olive oil to flour mixture. | Source
Knead dough and form into a ball.
Knead dough and form into a ball. | Source

Picture by Picture Instructions for Making and Baking Pita Bread

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Add the remaining olive oil to bowl to coat dough.Move the pita dough ball around until it it gets completely covered with oil.Cover the oiled dough ball bowl with plastic wrap.Carefully punch down the risen dough with your finger tips.Cut the risen dough into six even sections and then roll them into balls.Lightly flour your work surface, and roll out the balls into 1/8" thick rounds.Preheat your over to its highest setting, but no less than 500 degrees F. Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven until it is hot. Then place the flat pita round on the screaming-hot sheet. Bubbles star to form on the pita dough right away, but the baking sheet has to be really hot first!More bubbles form on the pita as it bakes.Forming the familiar "pocket" bubble.A little brown is okay, but not too much!Perfectly baked Pita  "pocket" Bread.
Add the remaining olive oil to bowl to coat dough.
Add the remaining olive oil to bowl to coat dough. | Source
Move the pita dough ball around until it it gets completely covered with oil.
Move the pita dough ball around until it it gets completely covered with oil. | Source
Cover the oiled dough ball bowl with plastic wrap.
Cover the oiled dough ball bowl with plastic wrap. | Source
Carefully punch down the risen dough with your finger tips.
Carefully punch down the risen dough with your finger tips. | Source
Cut the risen dough into six even sections and then roll them into balls.
Cut the risen dough into six even sections and then roll them into balls. | Source
Lightly flour your work surface, and roll out the balls into 1/8" thick rounds.
Lightly flour your work surface, and roll out the balls into 1/8" thick rounds. | Source
Preheat your over to its highest setting, but no less than 500 degrees F.
Preheat your over to its highest setting, but no less than 500 degrees F. | Source
Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven until it is hot. Then place the flat pita round on the screaming-hot sheet.
Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven until it is hot. Then place the flat pita round on the screaming-hot sheet. | Source
Bubbles star to form on the pita dough right away, but the baking sheet has to be really hot first!
Bubbles star to form on the pita dough right away, but the baking sheet has to be really hot first! | Source
More bubbles form on the pita as it bakes.
More bubbles form on the pita as it bakes. | Source
Forming the familiar "pocket" bubble.
Forming the familiar "pocket" bubble. | Source
A little brown is okay, but not too much!
A little brown is okay, but not too much! | Source
Perfectly baked Pita  "pocket" Bread.
Perfectly baked Pita "pocket" Bread. | Source

Pita Bread Recipe's Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and salt together in a fairly large bowl and put to the side.
  2. Blend the yeast and 1 tablespoon of water together until the mixture gets active, or starts to get tiny bubbles.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of warm water onto the yeast and stir it around to mix.
  4. Using a spatula, pour the yeast mixture into the flour and blend it together.
  5. Once the flour and yeast start to come together, add in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Continue mixing until a dough forms.
  6. Once the dough is made, knead it until it doesn't stick to your hands and fingers anymore (usually about 5 minutes). Form this dough into a nice smooth ball.
  7. Pour the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil into a bowl and move the dough ball around in the oil until it has been thoroughly covered. This helps to keep the dough from drying out during the rise period. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  8. Set the bowl in a draft-free location that is also kind of warm. You want to allow the dough to rise until it doubles in size (anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours). This time depends on the amount of humidity, altitude, and temperature of your environment.
  9. Crank your oven up as high as it will go (at least 500°F / 250°C). Put a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven. After the rise has completed, carefully punch down the dough with your finger tips to get any of the air out.
  10. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 6 equal sections and form each into a ball. Place the balls under a clean dishcloth. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball to about 1/8" thick.
  11. Wait for your oven to reach its highest temperature, then place the dough round (one at a time) onto the heated baking sheet. You should see bubble form right away, it will turn a light golden brown pretty quickly (2 to 3 minutes).
  12. Remove the pita and wrap it up in a dishcloth so it stays soft. It may feel hard when you first remove it from the oven, but it will soften up in a couple of minutes if you keep in the towel.
  13. Wait for your oven to return to its highest temperature and keep baking your dough rounds one at a time until all six are done.

Pita Bread, White, Enriched

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 large pita (6-1/2
Calories 165
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Finished Pita Pocket Bread

Finished Pita Bread
Finished Pita Bread | Source

Pita Bread Cut in Halve

With the Pita bread cut in half, you can see just how nice the pocket forms.
With the Pita bread cut in half, you can see just how nice the pocket forms. | Source

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Comments for "Pita Bread, a 5 Ingredient Recipe" 37 comments

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Huntgoddess 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

I've always wondered how to make this wonderful stuff.

I've always wondered how to make an AWESOME RECIPE HUB!

Now I can do both --- thanks to this Hub. You're a great teacher!

Up, + all others.

I see people have been voting useful and awesome, which is definitely so. Don't forget funny, people. It's very witty, too. I like that in a recipe.


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mmmmm...by coincidence, I'm eating hummus and pita bread as I'm reading your hub! Not home-made though. :o( Love all the photos on all your hubs--very nice. The photos you take make me hungry and thirsty. Don't think I'll make the pita, though.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I will have to try this! I've never made pita bread before but your instructions and illustrations make it seem easy.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love pita bread, especially as a dip for hummus. Your recipe idea sounds very good. Great post here and very well done.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Melovy~ livelonger (of HP fame) used the recipe and even included an image of his beautiful finished pocket bread in his comments (image link has since vanished)! It always brings me a smile when someone shares their success with the recipes. I hope you try it and find out that the magical pita bread we crave, is an even more fantastic thing when made in our own home kitchen. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

HubHugs~


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Wow, this is great. I've never seen instructions for how to make pita pockets before and often wondered how. They seemed like one of those magical foods it wasn't possible to make. I will definitely be making these, thanks for the recipe!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ I love that you had grand success with the Pita Bread Recipe! Your "pockets" are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the picture...I think I have to make some more of these now because yours look beautiful!

HubHugs and Shalom My friend!


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Hey K9KS: I made it! Your recipe and instructions were invaluable. The process was more enjoyable and easier than I thought, and the taste of fresh pita, fresh out of the oven, is hard to describe. Store-bought pita will always be a disappointment! Here is a pic:

http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6680770.jpg

Thanks again, HubHugs, and shalom!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Ok K9 you got me - I have never tried making any kind of bread at all but you make this sound so easy that I think I will give it a go! My husband loves pita bread so I think this would make a nice surprise for him on Father's Day. Thanks for sharing your recipe - voted up, useful, and awesome!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

OMG we love pita bread and there is NOTHING like having it fresh out of the oven. I really never thought I'd be able to make it at home but you'd better believe that I will be now! I can't wait to try it!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

scottcgruber~ I hope you do give the recipe a try! It comes out so yummy and really is sooOOooo easy to put together. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here, I appreciate your time!

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Teresa Coppens~ I am honored that you enjoyed the pictures! The pita recipe is very simple, I am making another batch today for my partners father. Let me know what you think if you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by today.

HubHugs~


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scottcgruber 4 years ago from USA

Oooh great recipe! I love baking bread but have never tried pita bread. This hub makes it look pretty easy - I'll have to give it a try!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Looks so easy and the pictures simply 'pop' off the page. Wonderful job and a definite recipe to try!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

theclevercat~ Thank you so much! I sure appreciate the sharing, and pinning. Thank you for stopping by for a simple pocket bread recipe!

HubHugs~


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Ahh! Now this is a lovely hub. Terrific pictures and clear instructions. Voted useful and awesome, and pinned! :^)


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

HawaiiHeart~ Thank you for your comments. It is just so fun to watch as the dough turns into a big bubble! It's like a tiny little magic act inside your oven! It's pure joy to make pita bread, more so than any other bread I have tried. I appreciate your remarks.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Cardisa~ You are right, it is soooo easy to make. The key to getting a good size pocket is making sure the baking sheet is screaming hot before placing the pita dough-round on it. If you can get the baking sheet super hot, the rest is a cake walk! Thank you for the support! I hope you enjoy your fresh made pita bread!

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Earth Angel~ I am always so honored when you share your thoughts with me EA. I can't wait to hear what you think about the results of making the recipe! Thank you for your thoughts on the hub.

Warm Blessings and HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

HubPages~ They are really fun to watch "puff" up, but they are much more fun to eat! Hope you enjoy the recipe, Thanks for leaving your remarks.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Livelonger!! Doing a little Hebrew dance upon finding you here in the comments! Thank you for sharing your opinion on the pocket bread recipe. I hope you simply enjoy the freshness and tender texture of these yeasty little baked goods. I can hardly stop eating them as they soften-up! I am completely honored that you made it by today; made my Wednesday, sir! Thanks for the support.

Mega HubHugs and Shalom my friend~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Global Chica~ I think you will find the recipe for pita very simple to handle! I am always thrilled to find you here in the comments sections, and I must say I still can't get over those skyline pictures you put in your hub: "How to Travel and Backpack in Hong Kong on a Budget"...amazing visual candy!

So glad you approve of the recipe here, and that you shared your thoughts on it as well.

ST Hugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

jpcmc~ Thanks for your comments. I agree, homemade is always better!

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Daisy Mariposa~ So nice to find you in the comments section today! I am honored that you like the images, and that you enjoyed the ease of the recipe. I am a huge hummus fan, so your recipe for the creamy delight has me thinking...any chance of a hummus hub coming our way? Thanks for the support my friend!

Huge ST Hubhugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

melbel~ I hope you do get a chance to make the recipe mel,it is really simple! I am a hummus gal myself, I hear tell that Daisy Mariposa (of HubPages fame) has a fantastic recipe for hummus! Maybe she will share it with us somewhere!? ;) Thanks for stopping by melbel, I am always happy to see you in the HubHood!

Big HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

ktrapp~ So glad you will be trying the recipe! I think you will discover the ease and pay-off of making your own pita bread is worth every second! Your idea of chicken salad is brilliant! Thanks for the votes and comments.

Hubhugs~

TToombs08~ It really is pretty simple to manage making pita. I adore hummus and make a little of it, along with avocado slices and cucumber to stuff inside the pocket! It is so good! Thanks for sharing you comments.

Cheers~


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Wow-like so many other commenters, I think it's so cool that you can make your own pita bread. Had no idea it was that simple! Thanks for sharing!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I wanted to try making this when I worked as a cook before but never got around to it. I would definitely like to try this recipe...looks pretty easy to make.


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Earth Angel 4 years ago

GREAT Hub K9!! WOW! And your photos are awesome! You have raised the bar of excellence once again! Now I'm going to go let some Pita dough rise!! Blessings, Earth Angel!


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HubPages 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

How cool! I had always wondered how those pockets formed. I totally want to have a go at making this!


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

WOW! I never thought it would be possible to make pita like this. Thank you for the incredible recipe and helpful instructions and photos. I'm definitely going to give this a shot!

HubHugs and shalom!


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Global-Chica 4 years ago from New York, NY

K9, you've inspired me to try baking bread again (since it really didn't work out when I tried a couple of times years ago) but your instructions are so easy to follow and you make it sound so simple that I want to give it a shot again. And to go with it, I'll make homemade hummus (thankfully, I'm able to successfully make that at least) ;-) Thanks for the recipe!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

It looks really easy. Homemade is always better.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

India,

I'm so psyched about this recipe! I didn't realize it was that easy to make pita bread. Your recipe will be go perfectly with the hummus I make at home.

Your article and your photographs are terrific. The red-orange background sets off the items in your photos perfectly.


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Wow, I've never thought to make pita bread at home. I bet it's amazing when it's fresh. (I just like pita to dip into hummus.) I will definitely have to give this a shot!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

That is so cool! I thought it would have been harder than that! I'm going to have to try this!! Great hub!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I cannot wait to try to make my own pita bread. You gave such great step-by-step instructions that I feel confident to give it a go. I also appreciate the explanation on the yeast; that always seems to be my downfall. I think this homemade pita bread would be great with chicken salad - or really anything I guess!

~voted useful and awesome~

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