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Homemade Pita


Though you might wonder how you can make pita in your home oven, it’s extremely simple, and since the bread bakes for just three to four minutes, it can be baked just before eating. You may never want to go back to store bought.


Prepare the Pita

Yields 8 pitas

1. In a large bowl, place warm water, yeast, sugar, and one cup flour. Whisk together and allow to rest for 15–20 minutes.
2. Add oil, salt, and remaining flour. Mix with a spoon until the dough is too thick to continue mixing. Turn the dough onto the counter and continue to knead until nice and smooth. You may need to add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky.
3. Clean the bowl and grease lightly. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for one to two hours until doubled in size.
4. Once dough has risen, punch it down and divide into eight equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball and lay on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit (240 degrees Celsius). If you have a baking/pizza stone, allow it to heat in the oven. If not, use a cookie sheet turned upside down.
6. Roll each ball of dough into six to eight-inch (15–20-centimeter) circle approximately 1/4-inch (1/2 centimeter) thick. Don’t roll it too thin or your pitas won’t puff up.
7. When the oven is heated, place two to three pitas on the pizza stone or baking sheet. Using a spray bottle, spray each pita with some water.
8. Bake for three to four minutes. The pitas should have a few brown spots and be puffing up. Remove from oven and cover with a towel until ready to serve.

– This recipe starts with making a “sponge.” This method produces a lighter texture and keeps the bread fresh for longer.

– A hot oven and baking surface is key. Make sure to preheat the oven with the tray fully inside.

– Spraying the dough with a little bit of water at the beginning of baking helps the pita puff up nicely.


Photography by Saraizel Senderovits