Homebaked Pita Bread

When I was in high school, my girl friends and I packed pita bread sandwiches all. the. time. We filled the pocket breads with chopped meats and cheeses, lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes and then packed salad dressing to add at the last minute. It wasn’t really “cool” to pack a lunch, but we were all on a budget, even then, and found a way to have a “cool” lunch regardless.

I don’t buy pita bread any more — not since I first baked it at home. It’s a little time intensive, but so good! And it’s so fun to watch the rounds of dough puff in the oven, creating a pocket.

I prep the dough in my bread machine and then divide into balls. Roll out each ball into a flat round and let them rest on floured kitchen towels.


Then, I bake the rounds two at a time, until the batch is cooked. They should puff during baking like this:

Yes, this is a long process, but the result is fun and the puffing is cool.

Enjoy your pita breads for gyros, sandwiches, or as a side dish. So good!

What do YOU do with a pita?

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  1. Those look so good! I love pita bread but have never made it. What would you suggest for the gal that doesn’t have a bread machine? I am really interested in baking my own breads but don’t have a machine yet.

    • @Ashley, If you normally bake bread, you’ll probably be able to make this easily without a bread machine. Proof the yeast in the water (warmed) and honey. Stir in the flours and salt. Knead until a smooth dough is formed, adding flour if necessary. Place in a greased bowl and let rise about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Then follow the baking directions in the recipe.

  2. Jenifer Samaha says:

    We devour pita bread in our house (hubby is Arabic). I’ve never thought of making my own! I will definitely have to try it.

    We eat pita bread with falafels, a yummy sheep’s cheese called Halloum (you can find it at Arabic & Mediterranean grocers. In fact, my kids are eating some right now for breakfast!), we dip pita in a Mediterranean oregano mixture called Zatar.

  3. Do these freeze well? I am wondering if I could make a double batch and have them when needed? We love pitas with chicken or tuna salad and lots of veggies inside.

    • I haven’t tried. We eat 12 up in a matter of minutes. But, let me know if you try it!

      • AllieZirkle says:

        @Jessica, we have had success freezing these & defrosting in the fridge. You do lose a bit of the softness but the store bought are rarely soft. Make sure to add in a paper towel to the defrosting pitas because the ice crystals will cause a soggy pita. The frozen/ defrosted soggy pitas are great candidates for pita chips so not to worry, you won’t lose a good thing either way.

        :) Allie

  4. These look great! I would like a pita recipe for gyros, but I would prefer a pocketless pita. Do you think it would work if I poked them with a fork before baking?

  5. I have had pita on my list of things to make for awhile. We like to make pita chips with olive oil, italian seasoning, s&p, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. They taste and smell amazing!

  6. I love homemade pitas! A recipe similar to this and the froze really well. When I would take them from the freezer and let them rest on the counter you couldn’t tell a difference between ones made that day or a month ago!

    My recipe you baked on a cooling rack and don’t flip. I want to try this way for sure!! What do you use to flip them without them deflating?

  7. If you are interested in making more of a flat bread you don’t need to poke it with a fork. You just roll it out a little thicker. They are great dipped in a mix of honey and butter!

  8. I’ve made them before and they are yummy. I’m not good at rolling out dough into rounds so I had some funky shapes. I use the “ugly” ones for chips….spritz with a little olive oil and sprinkle a little flake salt or some herbs and toast in the oven. They are a hit!

  9. I love homemade pitas! I like using mine (if they last long enough with my 3 kiddos) to make pita pizzas. I open them up, top each side with sauce, cheese, and veggies, then pop in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Yum!

  10. I can’t wait to make these! My kids are gonna flip – I love it! Thanks for the great recipe.

  11. Great recipe – lots of fun watching them puff up! Unfortuantely only about 1/2 of mine puffed – not sure why? Even though some didn’t work quite right they still tasted great! I served mine with a great vegie curry – delicious! I will definately try these again.

  12. is it safe to use the honey in the recipe when baking for a 19mnth old to consume. Have always been told not to use honey with a 2 year old or younger. Any thoughts?

    • My doctors always said that if it was baked it was fine. But, you can use the same amount of sugar if you want to be on the safe side.

      • My pediatrician told me at our 12 month visit that honey was okay now, and that the real danger for babies was in fact the raw honey (which is better otherwise!). So the 19 month old would probably be fine either way, I’d imagine.

        (Funny thing, when I was a baby, they told my mom to dip my pacifier in honey. Guess it’s a good thing I was okay. >.<)

        LOVE this site, Jessica!!!

  13. Made these today and they turned out great. I had a hard time getting the first batch to “puff”. For the second batch, I cooked them closer to the top of the oven and that did the trick. The poofed right away! We are filling ours with mediterranean salad tonight for dinner!

  14. chris kaser says:

    just made the pita bread. had to adjust my time for 1/2 min longer for them to puff. i baked them on a pampered chef pizza stone 3 at a time. did not put flour on the stone

  15. Now I am going to have to try your pita recipe. It’s my current favorite bread to bake.

  16. Do you not use any type of oil in your recipe? I by no means am an expert but I am curious why there’s no fat or oil. Without it, it seems more like crackers.

    • I am not an expert, either. But, I’ve seen recipes that do and some that don’t have oil. The oil would make it softer. But these never last past a day anyway. Everyone eats them up right away.

  17. Amanda Y. says:

    Would like to see/hear about recipe without dough/bread machine

    • @Amanda Y., Jessica gives a good outline of difrections for w/o a bread machine in her reply to comment #1. :) Hope that helps! (I make pitas without a bread machine frequently and I’ve never had difficulties.)

  18. I have an old bread machine given to me recently by my MIL. It has a cycle called “dough” (which I think just mixes it up) or “dough+first rise”. I’m new to the bread machine world, so when you say “dough cycle,” do you mean just mixing it up, or including the first rise?

    • @Stacy, every manufacturer is different, but you should be able to find the manual online. My dough cycle = dough + first rise.

      • @Jessica, Thanks, I didn’t see your reply before starting it (usually it sends me an email but not this time, so I’m just seeing this), so I assumed it was what you said above and tried it. I used a somewhat different recipe from my bread machine book, but I used your pictures as guidelines. They turned out very well. I’m so happy that they even seemed like pita bread at all much less being good. :-) I would definitely do this again–thanks for the idea.

  19. Mine did not puff! Do you think that means my yeast is dead?

    So disappointing…

  20. im a minimalist. and i probably shouldn’t be eating bread but it’s so darned easy to make once you’ve done it a few times. the first is a little tricky and i was SO nervous, but it’s cake now (easier even). i made pita tonight with one bowl, a cookie sheet and a piece of parchment as my tools. about 20 min of actual work broken down over 3 hours. super simple. try it a few times without your bread maker and you’ll see you don’t even need that clunky old thing!

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