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Basic Pita


This homemade pita recipe is much better than store bought pita. You will love the aroma that comes out of the oven during the baking. Make your own pita today.













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


2 cups water
warm, 90 - 100 degrees F
2 envelopes yeast, active dry
½ teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
plus flour for kneading, up to 5 1/2 cups


Pour the water into a large bowl, sprinkle in the yeast, and stir to dissolve.

Stir the sugar and salt into the yeast mixture thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

Gradually add 5 cups of the flour, stirring constantly until the dough is smooth.

Slowly work in the remaining flour with your hands, kneading until the dough is no longer sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.

Shape the dough into an even rectangle and cut in half, lengthwise.

Divide each half into 12 portions for small pitas, 6 for larger ones.

Shape each into a smooth ball.

Place balls on a floured surface and cover them with a slightly damp towel while you roll out one at a time.

Gently press each ball flat with your fingers, keeping it well rounded.

Flour a work surface and a rolling pin.

Roll each round from the center to the outside edge, giving the dough a ¼ turn after each roll, to form a perfect circle not quite ¼ inch thick (5 to 5½ inches in diameter for small pitas; about 5½ inches for larger ones).

Carefully flip the circles over to smooth out any creases that might prevent the pockets from forming.

Fifteen minutes before the loaves have finished rising, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and place an ungreased baking sheet in the oven to heat.

As each pita is rolled out, place it carefully on a floured surface and cover with a clean, dry towel; do not let the surfaces dry out, and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area for 30 to 45 minutes.

To bake, place four small pitas or a single large pita onto the hot baking sheet.

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven until puffed and lightly browned on the bottom, almost white on top, about 4 minutes for small pitas and about 5½ minutes for large; the pita will be soft and flexible.

If desired, flip the loaves over after they have puffed and bake for up to 1 minute longer to brown tops; be VERY careful not to let pita get crisp and brittle.

Remove hot pitas from oven and wrap immediately in clean, dry towels until cool enough to handle.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Repeat the baking process until all of the pitas are have been baked.

Makes 24 small or 12 large pitas


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 94g (3.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1933% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 13%
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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