My very best homemade pita bread recipe! If you like your pita bread soft, fluffy and authentic, then this super easy pita bread recipe is made for you!
And if you are wondering if it is worth making pita bread at home, the answer for me is very simple. Nothing compares to the smell of some fragrant, warm, golden fresh homemade pita bread! So trust me, after you make this easy traditional Greek pitta bread recipe, you will never go for the store version again!
So go ahead, read on to discover my tips and tricks to make it to perfection, my video showing you how to make it and of course the recipe!
Homemade Pita bread recipe – A traditional Greek delight
Greek Pita bread is of course most commonly known from souvlaki, a very popular Greek street food, which is actually a pita bread sandwich, filled with lots of spicy pork or chicken, creamy tzatziki sauce, fresh juicy tomatoes and crunchy slices of onion. Who can really resist?
How to prepare your pita bread dough
This is a very simple step-by-step Greek pita bread recipe for you to recreate this delicious traditional delight from scratch. This pita bread recipe is made with only 4 ingredients and the whole process is really simple. All you really have to do is follow these four simple steps:
Prepare your yeast: Dissolve your yeast in a bowl with the water and sugar and wait for it to froth. There are two reasons for this. Firstly and most importantly, its a great test to make sure the yeast is fresh and active and will get your pitta bread all nice and fluffy. Secondly, its ready to go when its mixed with the flour!
Knead your pita bread dough: Pour in your yeast mixture, flour and salt in a bowl and use your hands or a stand mixer to knead it until its soft, elastic and a bit sticky. Don’t be afraid to add a little less or a little more flour to get the right consistency!
Let it rest in a warm place: Coat your dough with some oil to prevent it from drying out and then cover your bowl with a kitchen towel and some cling film and let it rest in a warm place. Your dough is ready when it has doubled in size. If your home is a bit on the cold side you can accelerate the proofing by putting your dough in your oven pre-heated to 40C/100F.
Shape it! After your dough is done rising, gently deflate it, split into portions and shape them into some nicely tight balls. Using a rolling pin or your hands stretch the dough to form a round 20cm/8 inches wide pita! If the dough springs back, let it rest for a few minutes and try again – its gluten just needs some time to rest. To get a more traditional look poke some dimples with your fingers or with a fork.
How to cook your Greek pitta bread
The best way to cook your traditional Greek Pita bread is in a non stick, heavy pan that comes with a lid. You want the pan to keep its temperature while cooking and its lid to lock the steam in. To cook them to perfection you need to:
- Preheat your pan on medium heat: You don’t want your pitta to cook too quickly on the outside so make sure the pan is not too hot!
- Use a little bit of olive oil: Don’t overdo it. Just a splash is enough! Use a kitchen towel to wipe the pan down if you’ve added too much.
- Use your pan’s lid! Cover the pan to lock the steam in the pan. This will make the pita bread very soft and fluffy while also giving it a delicious caramelised crust!
How to store pitta bread
If you have pita breads that you haven’t consumed right away, store them in an airtight bag the fridge. They will keep for a few days. When you like to use them just lightly brush with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and dried oregano and heat them in the oven for a few minutes.
You can also freeze your pita bread to keep it fresh for longer. Cook the pita breads and let them cool down completely. Place them in ziplock bags squeezing the air out. To use them sprinkle with some olive oil, salt and dried oregano and heat them up in the oven for a few minutes straight from frozen. There is no need to thaw them! They will keep in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
What to eat pita bread with?
Pita breads and souvlaki are a match made in heaven! So go ahead and indulge yourself with my favourite recipes below:
Also I absolutely love to cut up my pitas in quarters and dip them in some delicious home made dips! These are my favourite dips for you to try!
So go ahead give this homemade pita bread recipe a try! Enjoy!Print
The very best homemade Greek pita bread recipe! And the best part, made with only 4 ingredients. Find out how to bake them to perfection with this super easy recipe.
- 500–530g (17-18.5 oz.) flour (plus some extra for dusting )
- 360g (12.7 oz.) lukewarm (40C/ 104F)
- 8g (0.3 oz.) dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- To prepare this pitta bread recipe add in a mixer’s bowl the yeast, sugar and water and blend to dissolve the yeast. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until yeast froths.
- Add the flour and salt and mix using the dough hook for 6-8 minutes. Alternatively you could mix the ingredients by hand.
- Depending on the flour used, the dough may need a little bit less or more flour than this pita bread recipe calls for. After mixing for a while the dough for your pita bread should become an elastic ball and a bit sticky.
- When done, coat the dough with olive oil, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Let it sit in a warm place, for at least 20 minutes or until it doubles its size. (It could take up to two hours). This is an important step for this pita bread recipe, so that the pita bread becomes fluffy and soft. If it is winter, turn the oven on for a few minutes, until it’s a little warm, switch it off and then let the dough rise in it.
- Take the dough out of the bowl and gently deflate with your hands. Use just a tiny bit of flour to help you if it is too sticky. Split in 6 evenly sized balls. (145g/ 5 oz.) each one). Repeat with the rest.
- To form the pita bread, you can either use a rolling pin, or stretch it with your hands, about 20cm in diameter. If the dough springs back, set it aside for a few minutes to rest and then continue rolling again.
- For a more traditional look on your pita bread, press with your fingertips or use a fork to make some holes on top.
- Heat a non-sticking frying pan to medium heat and add just a little bit of olive oil and wipe of any excess. Fry each pita bread for about 3 minutes on each side, until slightly coloured and still soft. If your pan has a lid, place the lid on while frying to keep the moisture in.
- To give more colour, push lightly the pita bread with a wooden spoon on the pan.
- Serving Size: 1 pita
- Calories: 308kcal
- Sugar: 0.2g
- Sodium: 4.7mg
- Fat: 0.9g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 64.1g
- Fiber: 2.6g
- Protein: 9.1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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