February 24, 2012

{Recipe} Homemade Pita Bread (and Pita Chips too!)


Once you've tried homemade Pitas, you won't ever want to go back to the dry, brittle supermarket kind.  These pitas are moist, flavourful,and at least as versatile as a slice of bread.

My instructions are going to assume you have a decent stand mixer with a dough hook, but if you don't you could still totally do this by hand!

You will need:

1 cup of warm tap water
1 1/2 tsp quick-rise yeast
1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
Olive oil

1. Put the yeast and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer with a pinch of sugar. Let stand five minutes to let the yeast do it's yeasty thing.  It will begin to look something like this:


2. Add the Honey and salt and flour.


3. Mix with your dough hook until it all comes together as a smooth dough.  As with any bread recipe, the flour is approximate.  There are a number of variables that affect how much flour a bread needs and it will never be the same twice.

You will need a fairly solid dough, not too soft or sticky.  If you don't think you could make it into a ball and throw it across the room with any precision, it needs more flour.


4. Place your ball of dough on an oiled counter to rise for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Divide your dough into 6 pieces and roll each piece out to be about the size of a dessert plate.



6. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let sit for 15 minutes.


Yes, I know my cookie sheets are looking a little worse for wear.  But they still work, and I have far more important things to spend my money on.  Like throw pillows and salted caramel mochas....

7.  Bake for 5-6 minutes.  Yes, you read that right, these puppies bake up in just five minutes!

While in the oven something magical will happen and your pitas will puff up, forming pockets in the middle. (I know it is just steam.  But knowing that kinda steals the magically-ness of it, doesn't it?)



8. You're not done yet! To keep your pitas from turning into crackers you have to wrap them in a moist dish towel and let them rest for another 15 minutes. 




Ta-da!  Delicious easy thrifty pitas!


Wait?  Some of your pitas didn't magically pocket?  Or they only sorta kinda pocketed on one side?  That happens to me too.  One way to avoid that is to switch all the whole wheat flour out for white.  But I like the taste of the whole wheat, and any pitas that don't pocket I can just use to make mini pizzas, or pita chips!



To make pita chips: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut or tear pitas into bits.  Place on a cookie sheet and brush on some olive oil.


Sprinkle on some kosher salt and then bake for 5-6 minutes or until crispy!

I like serving these with hummus, a white bean dip, or my Cucumber Mango Salsa Recipe!

Confession: The first time I made pitas I was so scared about using my oven at 500 degrees that I got the fire extinguish out and kept it on the counter while they baked.


Confession #2: Above, in the first confession, when I said "the first time" I meant "the first hundred times".


This recipe was adapted from this cookbook:



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38 comments:

  1. Thank you, I am going to use this recipe this afternoon! I have been looking for a good recipe for pita pockets. I have a question though: When you wrapped the pitas after baked, are they in a bowl or the towel wrapped around the pitas?

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    1. Just stack the pitas on the moist towel and wrap the towel up around them. No bowl. Sorry I didn't make that clearer! :)

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    2. Ha! I totally came on here to ask the exact same thing (about the towel).

      One more [random] question, Kelly, stemming from your oven/fire comment...do you use a "self clean" setting on your oven? I'm embarrassed to admit this to a domestic goddess who cleans her walls, but in the 10 years I've had my oven I've never cleaned it (more than superficially). Ever! I'm scared of the high heat (way hotter than 500!) and I've heard that oven cleaners (like the spray type) are one of the most unhealthy things (chemically speaking) to have in your home. So I just figure I should do nothing! :-)Just wondering!

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  2. You have such great ideas. I always leave your blog saying, "I have to try that!" I especially like being able to make my own food for my family without going broke. This recipe looks fantastic; I want to try it tonight.

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  3. I love your comments about the oven temp. I have been made fun of for years by all of my friends because I'm terrified to heat my oven about 400 degrees...and multiple recipes have suffered. I might have a nervous breakdown at 500! :) Oh well....time to be brave! Liz

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  4. Kelly I know I told you before but I love your blog. And I love the sense of humour that goes along with it too!!! Keep blogging and I'll keep reading!!!

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  5. Okay, you've convinced me to try pitas again. I made them one time, they turned out like frisbees in appearance *and* consistency, and I decided to give up. But I love, love, love pitas and need to just get brave and try again. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Can this recipe be used in a bread machine?

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  7. Thank you for your confessions at the end. I'm still scared to put my oven up that high! Good to know you've done it successfilly. I'm going to try these!!

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  8. How many does this make? Loving your blog!!

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    1. Duh! Will it triple or quadruple easily?

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    2. I double it sometimes, but I haven't tried triple or quadruple.

      If you try a quadruple recipe let me know how it turns out! I wonder if all the extra rising time would affect the final batch to get baked.

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  9. I was so excited to try them. One kinda sorta puffed up but the other 5 looked the same as they went into the oven :( I'm still going to try and use them with a bit of slicing. I guess next time I'll try all white flour, or maybe 1/2c. wheat and the rest white. What do you think?

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  10. This is the second recipe for pita breads that I've seen this week. I'm going to take it as a sign that I'm meant to make them. They look so delicious!

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  11. Can this recipe be used in a bread machine?

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    1. Sorry, I have no experience with bread machines. If you try it, let us know.

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  12. I've been reading your blog often and I'm curious what kind of food u send to work with your husband? I love all ur foods and am wondering if you have any hubby lunch friendly tricks lol thx

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  13. I was a little surprised to see the 500 deg. temp, but I will try it. That is a good tip about wrapping in a towel - had not heard of that. Will try that also. I use my bread maker to make dough and that is super-easy. I do not own a dough hook mixer. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I've read your blog now to pretty much the start and I love it! You're such an inspiration to me and I think I've pinned like a million things from here that I have to try, including this recipe. =)

    So I guess what I want to say is: Please keep up the perfectly imperfect homemaking, you're awesome!

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  15. Can't wait to try this!! SO EASY!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have made these so many times since this!! My word of advice to the people who aren't getting puffing is to not roll them out too thin. I was rolling them too thin at first, and they are turning out much better now!

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  16. ohhh I like this recipe. I might very well give it a try.

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  17. Thank you so much! Kids took a pita pocket for lunch and some pita chips with my homemade ranch dressing as dip! FAB lunch box idea!

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  18. I made these the other day and NONE of them puffed. Another alternative to pita chips: Stick them in the microwave for about 2 minutes with a damp paper towel and the turn into really chewy tortillas for soft tacos :-)

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  19. do you know the calorie content of the pitas?

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    1. Ashley, I just did a quick Google search of calories in a cup of flour (407 whole wheat, 455/c. white) and honey (64/TBSP) so if you did 1 c. of wheat and one cup of white that would be 407+455+455+64= 1381 per batch divided by 6 would be around 230 per whole pita, or 115 per half. I suppose the yeast and slight olive oil would add a nominal amount of calories as well. I'm too lazy to go fetch my calculator so you may want to double check my math. Ha!

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    2. That's for one cup of whole wheat and TWO cups of white. (Not one cup.)

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  20. So, I finally made these this morning... none of them puffed up:( Oh well, I kinda like "flat bread" better anyways:) So, I guess they turned out just the way I like!! I'm a hug fan of Whole Wheat Flour too, very healthful:)

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  21. Ok, weird-question time!....
    In the photo where you have them wrapped in damp towels....Are they wrapped just all in a big pile?? I can't tell if they're on something or just heaped up on the counter!...lol!
    Can't wait to try this.....LOVE pita bread.

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    1. Yes, just in a pile. Sorry I wasn't more clear. :) I lay the damp towel out, place the pile of pitas on it and then wrap the towel up around the pitas. Enjoy :)

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  22. I am a new wife (5 months today) and I made these last night because 1) I love baking and 2) my husband and I love pitas.
    I followed the directions exactly (love when I already have all of the ingredients) and they turned out WONDERFULLY! I always wondered how pitas get the slice in the middle. Now I know- a really stinkin' hot oven!

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  23. I just learned the other day how easy homemade hummus is, so this sounds like a great idea.... as soon as I get myself a kitchen mixer.

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  24. Okay...so I had to come back here and tell you how AWESOME these were. I finally made them today and I felt like Martha-freakin'-Stewart. I'm just a normal girl - not a baker!- and was worried that these would not work. I turned 2 of them into pita chips...served with homemade hummus...mmmmmmm. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  25. Have added this to my 'must try' recipes. Wondering if you have a recipe for homemade style wraps/tortilla's? Since all packet versions contain the preservative 282. Thanks :-)

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  26. Thanks for the recipe! I make pita chips out of the store pita's but I can't wait to try these. I also add oregano and garlic powder to my chips they taste wonderful and the whole family just loves them.

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  27. This is the second recipe I try and again, they did not pocket D: They are much, MUCH better than the other ones I made before, but no pockets! I wonder what's wrong with my pita making skills!

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  28. You were talking about your pans, use the baking soda and peroxide on them and they will shine again!!!

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