Easy Homemade Pita Bread Recipe: Make Fresh Pita Bread in No Time Bread/Muffins

Pita bread can easily be made at home. Really! This easy pita bread recipe takes a little time, but the steps are simple. And the results are delicious.

Pita is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flatbread made with yeast. The bread is cut so it has a pocket to hold all sorts of savory ingredients, from ground beef to chicken to sandwich meats to meatballs to tuna salad, chicken salad and egg salad. The homemade pita bread is often served with spreads, hummus and dips.

After the dough made with water, sugar, salt active dry yeast and flour rises for about two hours, it is cut into pieces, rolled out with a rolling pin and cooked in a skillet. You want the pita bread to puff up and start getting brown spots.

Stuff the fresh pita bread with sandwich fillings or drizzle with olive oil and fresh parsley. (Your next challenge is making this 2-ingredient naan bread.)

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 3 1/2 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 package active dry active yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (approximately) 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the water, sugar, yeast and 1 cup of the flour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Let it sit until it bubbles, about 15 minutes.
  2. After it bubbles, add the olive oil, salt and 1 1/2 cups more flour. Mix on low using the dough hook until it is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If this doesn't happen, add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cups more flour and continue to mix.
  3. Remove the dough and knead for about 5 minutes on a floured work surface.
  4. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel and let it rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and put it onto a floured work surface. Cut the dough into 8 even pieces. Roll the dough into balls. Cover and allow them to rest for about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll the balls with a rolling pin into round pitas, about 1/4-inch thick. Let the pitas rest about 20 minutes. 
  7. To cook, oil a skillet with olive oil. Put the pita into the skillet over medium-high heat and cook until it begins to puff up, about 2 minutes. Flip them over and cook about 2 minutes more.

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Comments (5)

Elisa Schmitz
What a wonderful idea. I love pita and hummus (and with just about anything)!
Fun recipe to make your own pita...
I want to try this. 😋
I'm new to baking so I apologize in advance if my question is "stupid". I don't have a mixer. Will mixing and kneading by hand get the proper results? Or are there different steps to follow?
Donna John
You can definitely mix and knead by hand. But it does take more work and time. There is never a stupid question!
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