How to Make Pita Bread from Scratch

You can dip a fresh pita in hummus or stuff with sandwich fixings. Here's a look at how to make pita bread at home.

If you’ve ever eaten a gyro or dined at a Mediterranean restaurant, you’re likely familiar with pita bread. It’s not only warm, soft and delicious, but also easy to make. The recipe calls for only four ingredients!

Psst… Serve with our favorite Mediterranean meals.

What Is Pita Bread Made Of?

You use yeast, warm water, flour and salt. It’s odd, but pita is like a very simple yeast bread. You can use an assortment of flours when making pita, but the most popular choices include whole wheat, standard all-purpose or gluten-free flour blends.

Wait—Are Pitas Healthy?

A piece of pita bread can be a part of a healthy snack or meal, but is not necessarily “healthy” on its own. Because it’s thinner than standard sliced bread or rolls, pita can cut down on carb intake when making a sandwich. Using pita in place of fried potato chips for your favorite dips is also a healthier option.

However, when compared to lettuce wraps and carrot sticks, pita bread takes a backseat. Vegetables will always be the least caloric and most vitamin-rich choice for pairing with hummus or other spreads. 

How Do You Make Pita Bread?

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Step 1: Mix it Up

To start, activate the yeast by dissolving it in the warm water. Use a thermometer to check that the water is between 110° and 115° in order to keep the yeast in the best condition for breadmaking. Stir in salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Here’s how to pick the best yeast for your bread.

Step 2: Get to Kneading

Flour a sturdy surface and knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

After kneading, divide the dough into six pieces and knead each one for a minute on its own. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough pieces into 5-inch circles. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Step 3: Bake

Bake the pitas in a 500° F oven on greased baking sheets for 5-10 minutes. Place on wire racks to cool. You’re all set!

What Is the Difference Between Naan and Pita Bread?

Pita bread is made from just four ingredients while naan also includes yogurt, milk, butter, sugar and even baking powder. Pitas are also baked in an oven, while naan is traditionally slapped onto the side of a tandoor. You might also make naan on a skillet or griddle, but never in the oven.

Serve your pita bread with a homemade hummus recipe!

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.