This homemade pita bread is soft and chewy with a nice big pocket for your favorite fillings!
Pita bread has a mild flavor and a gentle chew, it’s great for filling, dipping, or scooping. This recipe is easy and fun to make.
A Versatile Bread
Some types of pita are thicker and don’t have a pocket (like the ones you often see at your favorite Greek restaurants served with souvlaki). This recipe is an old church recipe that produces a thin pita with a large hollow pocket inside.
- This thin bread can be used for dipping, stuffing, even as a crust for pizza! Make a double batch to freeze!
- No need for a bread machine. Pita is one of the easier homemade bread recipes that don’t need much kneading and very little clean-up!
- Cut into triangles, brush with butter, season, and bake for homemade pita chips!
Naan vs Pita Bread
Naan and pita are flatbreads but they differ in texture (and ingredients). Naan has an egg and yogurt or buttermilk base with a chewier texture. Pita is made with basic bread ingredients like flour, yeast, and oil. It puffs up in the center, creating a pocket for fillings.
BREAD BASICS: All-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water, and oil make up the basic recipe for this pita bread.
SEASONINGS: Add some herbs or seasonings to the pita bread dough! This makes it especially delicious as a dipping bread. Try these blends: Greek Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, even this Everything Bagel Seasoning, which is really good for sandwich pitas!
How to Make Homemade Pita Bread
- Whisk ½ of the flour with yeast, sugar, & salt. Add warm water & oil, mix.
- Add remainder of flour & knead until smooth & elastic. Cover and let rise.
- Punch dough down, divide & allow to rise again.
- Flatten dough into circles & bake (per the recipe below).
The high temperature causes an air pocket to form in the pita. We found these cooked up best for us when baked on an oven-safe cooling rack or baking rack.
Tasty Dips and Fillings for Pita
For dipping, serve with The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip, Avocado Dip, or a Smoked Salmon Dip. Of course, toasted pita is also great with Easy Tzatziki Sauce (Yogurt Cucumber Dip). As a pocket-filled sandwich, try a delicious filling of Tuna Egg Salad, Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad, or Chicken Souvlaki.
How to Store
Homemade pita bread will last about 3 days in a zippered bag at room temperature. Reheat it on a dry sauté pan to make it pliable again. Freeze pita bread by placing parchment paper between the pieces. It will stay fresh in the freezer for about 6 weeks.
Homemade Bread Recipes
- Homemade Cornbread Recipe – savory & sweet
- Homemade Crescent Rolls – light and flaky
- Cheese Bread (Quick Bread) – deliciously filling
- Homemade French Bread – crusty and delish
- Jalapeno Cheddar Bread – spicy and cheesy
- Fluffy Dinner Rolls – so soft
Did you make this Homemade Pita Bread? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour divided
- 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 ¾ cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons oil
- In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix well and add the warm water and oil.
- Slowly stir in the remaining 2 cups of flour until the dough becomes firm and not sticky.
- Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap, then a towel letting it rise for 20 minutes.
- Punch down the dough and divide into two equal parts, divide each half into six pieces for a total of 12.
- Shape each piece into a smooth ball, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500°F. On a floured surface roll each ball into a 7 inch circle.
- Place 4 circles onto a cooling rack or a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes. The dough will puff up creating a pocket in the middle and brown on the edges.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)