Homemade Pita Bread

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
One of my favorite pizza's is by starting out with homemade pita bread.

I love to use fresh garlic on my pita pizza, olive oil and black pepper with oregano, that's all there is to it, ...fast and easy and perfect when making dinner needs to be in a hurry!

Amazingly enough, this is an easy dough, baked on high heat, puffs up quick and flattens, I love making pizza's of all kinds and sandwiches with this great easy bread dough!

Pita bread is great for making sandwiches, pizza, toasted for breakfast, for using as toasted dipping chips and so much more.

This versatile dough is an easy delicious way to try this wonderful thin middle eastern bread dough.

We love it stuffed and filled with salad greens and cold cut meats then drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.
Many times we even make a greek version with the famous greek salad dressing and feta cheese on top.

You can serve pita bread with any meal and it goes great with chili, stews, and soups as well!

If you love to make ethnic homemade bread of all kinds, do try this versatile dough, it's delicious!

We love to make homemade ciabatta and Italian hard-crusted bread, or Easter bread, Focaccia, Potato Bread, so many favorites!

this is pita bread rounds


You must have preheated baking sheets for starters.

Then this high heat starts to dry and set the dough on the top and bottom in the oven, if doing this on top of the stove it will be more of a flatbread but still the same recipe for either one.

The moisture in the center will make the pocket and then the dough will puff up like a round rock.

The pressure from the center pushes out the pita from the middle and then inflates it.

Since the top and sides were already set, that is why it works perfectly.

this is pita bread on a wooden board


  • Roll 1/4 inch thick for best results
  • Kneading by hand will ensure the moistness you don't want a dry dough
  • Don't over flour the board when rolling
  • Always heat the baking sheet first
  • Preheat oven
  • Using a panini maker cooks evenly both side but will be more of a naan style flatbread no pocket
  • Stovetop gridded cast iron works great on medium heat, just watch closely

Cast Iron Gridded

this is a pile of homemade naan bread made on a gridded cast iron skillets

Garlic Pizza

this is garlic pizza made with pita bread with loads of melted mozzarella on top

Where Did It Begin?

Pita bread goes way back and has roots written down that it was one of the prehistoric flatbreads of the Middle East.

They have found evidence as far back from about 14,500 years ago, during the Stone Age.

It was written that the Natufian people in what is now Jordan baked some kind of flatbread from certain grains of cereal.

this is the dough for making pita bread

Using The Mixer

The mixer is great to get the dough incorporated well.

After it's mixed the dough should still be moist not too dry.

I usually knead it by hand for 10 minutes after that process is completed.

this is the dough to make pita bread

Things To Make With Pita Bread

  • Sandwiches
  • Pizza with Garlic or Tomato Sauce
  • Pita Chips
  • Toast
  • Topped with Salad

this is a piece of pita bread with sauce and meatballs on top

Pizza Recipes

Here's all you need to get started:

Store-bought pita bread or homemade above

any store-bought jar sauce of your choice

mozzarella cheese slices or shredded

Topping suggestions:

slices of tomato, fresh spinach and ricotta and fresh basil leaves, sliced olives, chopped peppers, cooked meats IE sausage crumbled, sliced pepperoni, crushed meatballs, roasted chicken, ham and pineapple, sliced mushrooms, thinly sliced zucchini or eggplant, garlic oil and butter with mozzarella and a dollop of ricotta cheese.

You can also make a white pizza (shown above) by brushing with melted butter, 1 clove crushed garlic, fresh parsley, and oregano to the top with mozzarella cheese. A light layer of ricotta spread on top makes this extra cheesy!
Use any of the suggestions above in any combination you like.

Place the pita on a lightly sprayed piece of tin foil. Bake at 400 for around 10 minutes, Remove from oven. Top with your favorite sauce, meat or vegetable combinations then cheese, sprinkle with grating cheese. Bake at 400 until cheese is browned and bubbling.

Additional toppings can be used, you can get creative by topping the pita with sauce then adding meats of your choice, peppers, olives, eggplant. Use your imagination whatever kind of regular pizza you love can be made with these. Pizza bites are also a great pita appetizer! Just cut them into small triangles.

I like to toast the pita on cookie sheets sprayed with oil, then take them out add the topping and rebake for a crispier pizza.

Bake them on 400 degrees until the cheese is melted.

a photo of pita bread cut in half and whole

Pin for later Homemade Pita Bread

this is homemade pita bread on a wooden board and made for Pinterest

Easy To Make

The bread is easy to make and so much worth the time and effort over store-bought.

Of course, if you're in a hurry, by all means, buy the packaged ones to make quick dinners for the kids for pizza.

Just remember there is nothing like the taste of homemade dough, no preservatives and the smell of this pita bread baking is wonderful!

Recipes We Love:

Panettone Bread
Quick Easy Soft Pretzel Sticks
New York Style Bagels
Cinnamon Rolls
Italian Bread Sticks
Cheesy Garlic Knots
Zucchini bread regular or chocolate
Zucchini Pizza

this is a recipe card on how to make pita bread

Homemade Pita Bread

Yield: 18
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 30 M
Homemade pita bread is perfect for sandwiches, pizza and so much more. Toasted with butter is a favorite breakfast bread here in our family. This middle eastern bread is soft and delicious with any meal you make.


  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons  white sugar or honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2  cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2  cups warm water ( this should be lukewarm to the wrist)


How to cook Homemade Pita Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 430 degrees.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in1/2 cup of warm water and let it ferment for 10 minutes.
  3. Using an industrial mixer, add the flour into the metal bowl then stir in the yeast, sugar and oil.
  4. Add the salt, then it's time to knead the dough after this is blended evenly.
  5. Make sure you use a dough hook attachment if you don't have that you will have to knead this by hand for at least 10 minutes until its smooth.
  6. This dough will be soft.
  7. I usually place this on top of my stove with it on to rise on the stovetop.
  8. Cover it with an oil sprayed piece of plastic wrap and a soup pot cover.
  9. After this rises an hour, divide the dough into 16 to 18 pieces and make them into a ball.
  10. Then roll them into around 1/4 inch in thickness with a floured board using a rolling pin.
  11. You can mist each one with water or oil.
  12. Baking or Stovetop Methods:
  13. I have cooked this 3 different ways.
  14. On top of the stove in a gridded cast-iron pan,  panini or waffle iron or baked-on cookie sheet.
  15. Baked them on a pre-warmed cookie sheet sprayed with oil at 430 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.
  16. On top of the stove, spray the cast iron skillet and it takes around 2 minutes on each side.
  17. The waffle iron looks funny but tastes great, add the dough to a greased waffle iron and bake until both sides are browned around 3 minutes to 5 minutes depending on thickness..
  18. Great just toasted with butter for breakfast!
  19. Terrific dough for making pizza for a quick snack or meal!
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Pin for later Homemade Pita Bread

this is homemade pita bread on a wooden board and made for Pinterest

More Recipes to Try:

Pizza Dough
Sausage Roll
Pizza Fritta

pita bread on a board


  1. Congratulations on the award, and thank you so very much for awarding me with it also! The pita pizza is a favorite as being so quick to fix, yours looks great!

    Bon appetite!

  2. Sorry to hear about your rough day, but so glad that you received this award. Congrats, sweet Claudia :)

    I love the idea of your pita pizza and have (secretly) always preferred a white pizza LOL
    Great recipe!

  3. Congratulations on the award and your pizza! I love pizza too and I prefer a simple seasoning like yours. Lovely recipe!

  4. nice looking pitas - perfect lighter pizza ... I cannot think of anyone better to receive this award than you, well deserved for a truly wonderful friend

  5. The simple, perfect, pita pizza is all that and more. Congrats on the award! Feel better!

  6. Congrats for your award and pizza is always welcomed in my menu :) Hope you feel better!!

    Have a great week,


  7. Oh Claudia, it's a pleasure to receive this award, thank you!
    I take it and a slice of Pita Pizza!

  8. Congrats on your award! I am making this pita pizza for my daughter tonight...it looks amazing and she will love it.

  9. This pizza looks like simplicity at its best!

    Congratulations on the award!

  10. Anything that involves bread and cheese is a winner for me! I like to have pizza on pitas to switch it up for a light dinner! yum and congrats on your award!

  11. What a great looking pizza! Congrats on your award. Hope your feeling better!

  12. Thank you for the award Claudia!

    I am with Ryan, it is a quick fix and looks very yummy! Hope things look up for you soon, I'm thinking of you! hugs!

  13. Congrats on yet another award, you've certainly earned it. The pizza looks delish!

  14. Congratulations on your award and I hope you're in for a better day tomorrow =) Your delicious looking pizza with a glass of red vino...couldn't get any better!

  15. Congratulations on your award, Claudia!
    I love your homemade pita pizza. Would love to try this. Such a great idea with the pita, and so versatile.
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  16. I can only imagine how good these are! Freshly made pita sounds so wonderful, especially turning it into a pizza.

  17. Oh the simple pleasures in life... pita bread pizza. I love it!

  18. Congrats on the award! This pita pizza looks great! Simplicity at it's finest!

  19. Look so rustic, authentic and beautiful just the way I like it..sorry loveee it!!!Nicely done dear Claudia!!

  20. Congrats on your award! I've always wanted to make pita...your looks perfect! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend, my friend...I just know you're cooking up something wonderful~

  21. I love making pita pizzas as a quick meal or snack! Even better with homemade pita bread! Looks wonderful...I used to make pita bread but haven't in ages...looks like it is time to start up again.
    So sorry you had a bad day, luck for use good friends and good food do help!
    Take care.

  22. Congrats on your award! Love your pita pizza recipe :)


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