Homemade pita bread recipe
Although these beautiful pitas take a little bit of time to create, the end result is well worth it. You'll have restaurant-quality pita bread and something your whole family will enjoy! Plus, this bread is perfect dipped in olive oil, if you're not a hummus person.
Homemade pita bread
Yields 12 pieces of bread
- 1 package of active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Dash of salt
- 3/4 cup warm water (100 degrees F)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Mix yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and sugar together in a shallow bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes, or until mixture is foamy.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together salt and flour. Make a well in the middle and pour yeast inside. Gradually add 1 cup of warm water and mix well. Add olive oil.
- On a floured surface, knead dough until elastic, about 10 minutes. Place dough in a bowl that has a dash of oil at the bottom (to prevent sticking) and cover with a warm towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm room for at least 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.
- Remove from bowl and roll out to a thin rope formation. Pull off 12 pieces of dough. Cover dough balls with an upside mixing bowl for at least 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Roll out each dough ball into a flat circle, about 5-inches wide and 1/3-inch thick. Place about three circles on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 4-1/2 minutes. Flip each pita over and bake an additional 2 to 2-1/2 minutes, or until dough has puffed and has golden spots. Repeat until all pita has been cooked and enjoy!
To store, place pita in a Ziplock storage bag and keep in the refrigerator.