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Basic Homemade Pita


Learn how to make pita bread with this basic pita recipe. Fragrant homemade pita is obviously superior to store-bought pita and is quite thrilling to watch bake.













Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Sugar-Free


2 cups water
2 tablespoons yeast, active dry
½ teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups all-purpose flour


Is it worth making your own pitas at home? Most definitely! The pita that you find in the store is often several days old. Compare that to warm, fragrant fresh-baked pita. I also never tire of the thrill of watching the pita puff up like a blowfish in the oven.

Pour water into a large bowl and add yeast.

Stir and add the sugar and salt.

Gradually add the flour, constantly stirring until the mixture is smooth.

Work in another ½ cup of flour with your hands, kneading as you go, until the dough is no longer sticky.

Knead on a board for another 5 minutes.

Shape dough into a rectangle.

Cut it in half, lengthwise, and divide into 24 portions (or make 12 large pitas).

Shape each portion into a smooth ball and place each ball on a floured surface.

Cover with a damp cloth. Press each ball flat.

With a rolling pin, roll each round from the center out, turning the dough ¼ revolution each roll.

A small pita should be 5 to 5½ inches in diameter and ¼ inches thick.

(Large ones should be 8 inches in diameter).

Flip pitas over and smooth out any creases.

Fifteen minutes before loaves have finished rising, preheat the oven to at least 475℉ (246℃) F and warm an ungreased baking sheet.

As each loaf is rolled, place it on a floured surface, cover with a dry clean towel and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

Place pitas on the hot baking sheet.

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven until puffed; lightly browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes for small ones, 5½ for large ones.

If desired, flip the pita over to brown on the other side.

Remove from oven, wrap in dry towels until cool enough to handle.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 95g (3.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1963% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 15%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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