Pita bread – hollow bread you can fill with anything your heart wants

I ate this bread when I was in London, only it was half finished and frozen and even like that it was so good. So I decided to make it at home and so freshly baked and smelling is even better.

Pita bread is great for those who are just learning to make bread or for those who want to share this action with kids. The whole process of preparation and baking lasts for a maximum of 2 hours, with the dough rising, this bread is ideal for people in a hurry and would like to eat something that they prepare themselves.

A bit about the bread itself:

Pita bread is another irreplaceable meal of Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisine. It often serves as a bowl, a plate, or a spoon that you use to bring other dishes in to the mouth. It will be serve with Baba Ganoush, Humus, Humus Bill Lime, as well as a whole line of other dishes. It is like a bun, not like the bread we know, but it really matches very well with the Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisine, many of which are often spiced with olive oil.

It is very widespread as a kind of fast food, just coated with tahini or some other paste, and it often happens that people bring their own za’atar paste, mixture of spices with olive oil, which they spread over freshly baked pita bread.

You can buy pita bread at any store, but they are much more delicious when homemade.



  1. 460 g of flour
  2. 2 teaspoons of salt
  3. 240 ml of lukewarm water
  4. 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
  5. 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey
  6. 3-5 tablespoons of oil


  1. Mix the flour with salt
  2. Add sugar or honey in the water, shake, add dry yeast and pour it all together into the bowl with the flour, cover and wait for the yeast to melt and begin to work.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of oil, mix the flour with the yeast to get the ball of the dough, then switch to a lightly floured surface and work the dough with your hands for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Form the dough into the ball, the bowl into which you will put it with oil it with two remaining spoons of oil, put the dough, turn it two or three times into the bowl to cover it with oil and leave it covered in warm to double the volume. (around an 1,5 to 2 hours)
  5. After growing, divide the batter into 8 parts, form smaller balls and flatten them with your hands forming little “flat jacks”, leave them covered another 20 minutes.
  6. While you wait warm the skillet on the stove, it has to be very hot. I leave the skillet on the high flame for about 20 – 25 minutes. You can test it by dropping a pinch of flour on the pan and if it turns brown in a few seconds then it is warm enough.
  7. Place your “flat jack” top side down (the side that was the top goes on the hot surface first) on the hot skillet, leave it for about 20 seconds (it will form bubbles), flip it and leave it to puff up, turn it once more and bake it for another 20 seconds. Repeat it with every “flat jack”
  8. Cover it with cotton cloth and leave it for 5 minutes before eating it.

14 thoughts on “Pita bread – hollow bread you can fill with anything your heart wants”

  1. Man I love pitta bread so will have to try this! We typically serve it with hummus or alioli. When you say what it up for 25 mins, is that also for a flame hob? I feel like I’d set the kitchen would set on fire if I did that, we tend to heat on high for up to a minute when we need it super hot…

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      1. Ours is gas too (that’s what I meant by flame, oops) just the thought of leaving it on that long terrifies me! I’ve set fire to a can of tomatoes before so I don’t trust myself with heat 😂


  2. Well – you just described my kids everyday dinner – Pita with olive oil and Zaatar is their favorite:) we have every kind of pita in this house – regular ones for the kids, gluten-free ones for me, spelt flour ones for the husband. I also make pita bread on the stove in a pan and it’s also a great easy to make bread to go along with homemade hummus or any type of dip really.
    You are totally right though – the homemade ones are the absolute best – saving this recipe to try.


  3. I love pitta bread! Especially with some hummus or chicken strips but have never thought of making my own before. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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