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Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade pita bread that puffs up every time! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Assyrian, Greek, Middle Eastern
Servings: 8 pita pockets
Calories: 255kcal


  • 2-¼ tsp. yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 1-½ cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1-½ tsp. salt
  • 1-½ T. olive oil (divided)


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in honey and set aside for five minutes, or until the water is frothy.
  • Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the yeast and water mixture, along with one tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Knead by hand, or use a mixer with a dough hook attachment. Mix until the dough is elastic and smooth, approximately five minutes.
  • Add dough to a bowl, coated with the remaining oil. Roll the dough to coat evenly with the oil. Cover with a towel and allow to rest in a warm spot for two hours.
  • Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the top racks from the oven, leaving only the lowest rack. Place a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  • Lightly flour your work surface. Roll out one portion of dough at a time into an 8” circle, leave the remaining portions covered.
  • Using a spatula, transfer the rolled out dough onto the pizza stone or cast-iron skillet. Set timer to three minutes.
  • After three minutes have elapsed, turn the pita bread over with a spatula and cook for an additional minute.
  • Place the cooked pita bread into a paper bag and close the bag. Do the same with the remaining dough. The pita bread will stay soft if you cool it off in the paper bag.
  • Another option is to wrap the warm pita bread in a clean dishtowel. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Place cooled pita bread in a ziplock bag. Heat in a toaster or a pan before serving.


  • Enjoy pita bread by itself, with butter and jam or with a cup of tea, olives, and some buried cheese.
  • Dip pita bread into your favorite stew or soup, or stuff with kofta to make Arayes.
  • Follow these few simple, yet necessary steps, and you will be baking pitas like a Middle Eastern grandma in no time!


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 445mg | Fiber: 2g