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Homemade Greek Pita

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Yields twelve 7-inch pitas.

  • To learn more, read:
    How to Make Pita Bread
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 93

It helps to have a scale to divide the dough evenly, and you’ll need at least 6 square feet of counter space to lay out the rolled pitas.

  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Two 1/4-oz. packages active dry yeast
  • 13-1/2 oz. (3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for dusting
  • 13-1/2 oz. (3 cups) whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher or sea salt; more for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Make the dough: In a liquid measure, stir the sugar into 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir in the yeast and set aside until the yeast is foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together both flours and the salt. Make a well in the center and pour the yeast mixture, 1/3 cup of the oil, and 1 cup lukewarm water into the well. Mix with the dough hook on low speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic and gathers around the hook, 4 to 5 minutes.

By hand, shape the dough into a ball. Wipe out the mixing bowl and put the dough back in the bowl. Drizzle the dough with the remaining 2 Tbs. oil and turn the dough to coat lightly all over.

Cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

homemade pita bread

Gently deflate the dough with your hands, cover, and let it rest for 20 minutes.

homemade pita bread

Shape the pitas: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, about 3-3/4 oz. each.

Shape each piece into a rough ball and then put each ball on an unfloured section of counter, cup your hand over it, and quickly rotate your hand over the dough. As long as the dough is a little stuck to the counter, this motion shapes the dough into a tight, evenly round ball.

homemade pita bread

On the floured part of the counter, roll each piece into a 1/8-inch-thick round that's about 7 inches across. As you finish each round, set it aside on a lightly floured surface. When all the dough is rolled, cover the rounds with a damp cloth (or two) and let them rest again for about 1 hour—they'll get a little puffy but won't double in size.

homemade pita bread

Meanwhile, position a rack in the bottom of the oven and heat the oven to 500°F.

Bake the pitas: Lightly sprinkle the dough rounds with salt. Arrange as many of the rounds as will fit without overlapping on an unrimmed, ungreased baking sheet and bake until the pitas begin to turn golden on top, 5 to 6 minutes. As each batch comes out of the oven, stack the pitas 3 or 4 high and wrap in clean kitchen towels.

Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature. Well wrapped, they’ll keep for 3 days in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. Reheat in a warm oven to soften before serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : 1/8 tsp. salt each; Calories (kcal): 300; Fat (g): fat g 9; Fat Calories (kcal): 80; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1.5; Protein (g): protein g 8; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 48; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 330; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is truly an amazing recipe. Ever since I made it the first time, I haven't gone back to store bought pita bread. I just can't! These are so much better than anything you can buy in the store. The one thing I change is I don't bake them in the oven. I use a hot dry frying pan instead. I find that I have much more control that way. I leave them slightly underdone and they always turn out soft and pliable. Enjoy!

These were great, they had amazing flavor and were plenty puffy. I used 1 cup less of white flour to begin with then slowly added 1/2 c as the dough was kneading to prevent sticking. The other thing that helped me was pulling the pita out of the oven right before they would brown. The batches I cooked that browned (even lightly) were a little too crispy for me. The last batch I pulled out right before browning and they were perfectly soft. I served these pita as greek chicken sandwiches and they will definitely be made again!

My needed a bit more water and they needed to be watched when broiled as some of my burned a bit. They excellent frozen too.

This recipe was incredibly easy and really delicious. I'm far from a baker, and if I pulled it off, anyone can. It make enough pita for dinner, breakfast the next morning, and snack chips the day after that!

Easy to make, turns out great every time and company thinks you've really gone to a lot of work.

Try it!! It is so easy and so good! I got excellent puffage (??!!) with little effort.

Mine didn't puff too much PROBABLY because I let them rise too long, but they had good flavor, much better than store-bought, and weren't too hard to make. We cut some up to use with dips, and my guests took the leftovers home. I would make these again.

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