Pita Recipe – Mediterranean, Middle East

Are you looking for a recipe to make Pita, the delicious bread from Mediterranean, Middle East?

I’ve put together some information on how to get started below but I’d recommend that you join our waitlist to be notified when I publish the traditional Pita recipe and variations.

How To Make Pita

Pita is a type of flatbread that originated in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions. It is a leavened bread, meaning it contains yeast or another leavening agent that causes it to rise. When baked, the pita dough puffs up, creating a hollow pocket in the center. This pocket can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as meats, vegetables, or spreads, making it a versatile and popular choice for sandwiches or wraps.

The history of pita can be traced back thousands of years. It is believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia, which is present-day Iraq. The ancient Egyptians also had a similar type of bread called “ta,” which was made from a combination of barley and wheat. Over time, pita bread spread throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, becoming a staple in the diets of many cultures. Today, pita is enjoyed worldwide and is commonly used in dishes like falafel, gyros, and shawarma.
The estimated cost to make this recipe for flatbread is relatively low. The main ingredients needed are flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil. These ingredients are commonly found in most kitchens and can be purchased at an affordable price. Additionally, the recipe does not require any expensive or hard-to-find ingredients, making it a budget-friendly option.

In terms of time, making this flatbread recipe takes approximately 2 hours. This includes the time needed for the dough to rise, which usually takes around 1 hour. After the dough has risen, it needs to be divided into smaller portions and rolled out into flat circles. These circles are then baked in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until they puff up and turn golden brown. Overall, this recipe requires a moderate amount of time and can be easily prepared within a few hours.

Pita Ingredients

The main ingredients for making flatbread are flour, water, yeast, salt, and sometimes olive oil. Flour is the base ingredient that gives the bread its structure, while water is used to hydrate the dough. Yeast is added to make the bread rise and create air pockets, giving it a light and fluffy texture. Salt is used for flavor, and olive oil can be added for extra richness and moisture.

To make flatbread, you will need a mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a whisk or fork for mixing, a clean surface for kneading the dough, and a rolling pin to flatten it. You will also need an oven or stovetop to cook the bread. Optional tools include a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment for easier mixing and a baking stone or baking sheet for baking the bread in the oven.

Pita Recipe

To prepare the flatbread, start by gathering all the necessary ingredients: 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 cup of warm water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the olive oil and warm water. Stir the mixture until it forms a sticky dough.

Next, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rest for 1 hour to allow it to rise. After the resting time, divide the dough into small balls and roll them out into thin circles. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook each flatbread for about 2 minutes on each side until they puff up and develop golden brown spots. Remove…(full recipe on the way)

To cook flatbread, start by preheating the oven to 500°F (260°C). Place the flatbread on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Then, sprinkle some salt and your choice of herbs or spices on top. Next, bake the flatbread in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until it puffs up and turns golden brown. Once it’s done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. You can now fill the pocket with your favorite ingredients, such as hummus, falafel, or grilled vegetables. Enjoy your delicious homemade flatbread!

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the flatbread to prevent it from burning…(full recipe on the way)

Pita Flour Alternatives

1. Chickpea flour: Made from ground chickpeas, this gluten-free flour is commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines to make flatbreads like socca or falafel wraps.
2. Rice flour: A versatile gluten-free option, rice flour can be used to make flatbreads that are light and crispy. It is commonly used in Asian cuisines, such as Indian dosas or Vietnamese banh xeo.
3. Cassava flour: Derived from the root of the cassava plant, this gluten-free flour is popular in Latin American and African cuisines. It can be used to make flatbreads like Brazilian tapioca or Nigerian fufu.
4. Spelt flour: Although not gluten-free, spelt flour is an ancient grain that can be used as an alternative to wheat flour. It can be used to make flatbreads with a nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture.
5. Quinoa flour: A nutritious gluten-free option

Other Names For Pita

1. Pocket bread
2. Middle Eastern bread
3. Mediterranean pocket
4. Puffed bread
5. Stuffed bread
6. Filled flatbread
7. Air bread
8. Pita pocket
9. Leavened pocket
10. Middle East pocket
11. Mediterranean pita
12. Puffy bread
13. Filling bread
14. Stuffed pocket
15. Airy bread
16. Pita pocket bread
17. Leavened pocket bread
18. Middle Eastern pocket
19. Mediterranean stuffed bread
20. Puffed pocket bread

How To Make Sourdough Pita

1. Begin by preparing your sourdough starter, allowing it to ferment and become active.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sourdough starter with flour, water, and a pinch of salt.
3. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, then cover it and let it rest for several hours or overnight.
4. Once the dough has risen, divide it into small portions and shape them into balls.
5. Roll out each ball into a thin, round flatbread shape.
6. Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and cook each flatbread for a few minutes on each side until it puffs up and develops golden brown spots.
7. Remove from heat and let them cool slightly before serving.
8. Fill the pocket created by the puffing with your favorite ingredients, such as falafel, hummus, or grilled vegetables.
9. Enjoy your homemade sourdough pita flatbread!…(full sourdough recipe on the way)

How To Make Gluten-Free Pita

1. Start by choosing a gluten-free flour alternative, such as rice flour, almond flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
2. Mix the gluten-free flour with other dry ingredients like salt and baking powder.
3. Add wet ingredients like water or a dairy-free milk substitute to the dry mixture.
4. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5. Let the dough rest for a while to allow it to rise.
6. Divide the dough into small portions and roll them out into thin circles.
7. Preheat a non-stick pan or griddle on medium heat.
8. Cook the gluten-free flatbread on the pan until it puffs up and develops a golden brown color.
9. Flip the flatbread and cook the other side until it also turns golden brown.
10. Remove from heat and let it cool before filling with your desired ingredients…(full gluten-free recipe on the way)

What Next?

I’ve provided some basic tips on making Pita at home above but I’ll be updating this page to include links to the best Pita recipes, including sourdough and gluten-free versions. Join our waitlist above to get noticed when these recipes are available.


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