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Homemade Pita Bread

Making homemade pita bread is cheap and easy! After experiencing warm, soft, and plush pita right off of the skillet, you'll never want to go back to the storebought kind ever again.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Bread, Greek, pita
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 pitas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • parsley optional
  • garlic powder optional
  • olive oil for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix the water and yeast together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit until the yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Attach the dough hook. Add in the flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix the dough on medium speed for 8 minutes. The bread can also be kneaded by hand on a floured surface for 5-7 minutes or until smooth.

  2. Lightly oil the bowl before covering with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Once risen, turn the dough onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, rolling each piece into an 8-inch circle. Add extra flour if the dough starts to stick to the counter. If the dough starts to spring back after rolling, allow dough to rest for up to 30 minutes before cooking.

  3. Place a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil in the skillet. Add a pita to the skillet and cook for 1 minute or until you see bubbles start to form. Flip and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes until the underside starts to brown. Continue this method of cooking each of the pitas.

  4. Serve fresh pita with a dash of garlic powder, sprinkle of parsley, and drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Pita bread can be stored in an airtight container for 5-7 days.