Recipe For Pita Bread

I was hoping that the June Fresh From The Oven challenge would be up before I left work on the 1st of the month so that I could get it made on the first weekend and blog it the first Monday. This however did not happen, which in a way was a blessing as we had a luncheon at our house on the Sunday and the weekend was spent preparing for it, and then enjoying the party well into the night. Our host for this month is a Slice Of My Lyfe and the challenge she set was for us to make Pita bread. I nearly made these in December in preparation for my chance to host the FFTO challenge, and something made me change my mind at the last minute. So I was really excited to see that the challenge had been set.

Given that it is winter in the Western Cape, which means rain and cold weather, I decided to make my dough in my bread maker so that the dough’s first rise would be perfect. I also put the heater on to ensure that the kitchen was warm enough for the second rise. These were therefore very easy to make, and I would do so again. They are very impressive all puffed up. I must say that I wanted to make felafel to go with the pita’s but that did not work out as planned.

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

Pita Bread
 
Recipe from Breville Ikon Bread Oven
Ingredients
  • 310mls water
  • 60mls oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar – I used fructose
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
Method
  1. Place the ingredients in this order into your bread maker
  2. Select the bread dough setting
  3. Once the dough has risen, remove it from the bread maker
How to make the pita breads
  1. Punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases and divide it into small pieces
  2. Lightly dust each piece with flour
  3. Roll each piece into a ball
  4. Cover the balls with a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 20 minutes
  5. While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  6. Place a baking tray or stone into the oven at the same time to heat
  7. After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, lightly sprinkle flour on your work surface
  8. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on one of the balls
  9. Keep the pieces of dough you are not working with covered with the damp towel
  10. Use a rolling pin and flatten the dough – it should be quite thin, and as round as you can get it
  11. Repeat until you have rolled out all the pitas
  12. Open the oven and place as many pitas as you can fit on the hot baking surface
  13. Bake for 5 minutes until they puff up and are browned

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62 thoughts on “Recipe For Pita Bread

  1. So delicious, Tandy!! It was so nice to see you on Sunday! I am missing you – I did a Food Quiz, yesterday!?

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    1. Miss you too! Going to do the quiz tomorrow 🙂

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  2. Lovely looking pitas. Thanks for participating and thanks for the mention!

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    1. it was an amazing challenge 🙂

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  3. Beautiful pitas! I’m excited to see what you have in store for us next month!

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    1. thanks Sarah, and I hope you like the challenge I have set 🙂

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  4. These look perfect. Thank you for taking part this month.

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    1. thank you! I love this challenge 🙂

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  5. Oh my gosh, your pita bread is simply beautiful! So light, fluffy–I can just imagine it dipped in hummus…or just eaten plain!

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    1. we had quite a few just plain! Thanks for the compliment 🙂

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  6. They puffed up so beautifully. I used to go to a restaurant that would bring a basket of them straight out of the oven to your table. They would disappear in an instant.

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    1. that is so impressive! I must make them next time we have dinner guests 🙂

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  7. You are a genius. I would never even think to try pita bread Tandy.

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    1. Tammy, please do try! You will be amazed at how easy they are 🙂

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  8. I’ve always wanted to try and bake my own pita bread, as they are not available in Taiwan. These look absolutely gorgeous! I’ve bookmarked it as a MUST-try!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, and the visit! Please do let me know how yours turned out 🙂

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  9. Wow Tandy, your pita bread looks perfect…I am very impressed 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and hope you are staying dry and warm!

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    1. Hi Juliana! Dry and warm indeed, as long as I am indoors 🙂 Hope you are having a great week and thanks for the compliment 🙂

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  10. Fresh baked pita bread is infinitely better than anything you can buy in stores! These look awesome!

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    1. thanks Joanne, and they are so easy to make 🙂

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  11. Those look delicious! Sorry to be a pain, but how do I make them without a bread machine? Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix?

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    1. You can use any bread dough recipe – this one should work without a bread maker as the principle is the same (or buy from Spar). PS there is a plugin on wordpress for a ‘follow’ button like on wordpress.com which is quite useful 🙂

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      1. Have you in my reader, I don’t miss a thing! 🙂

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        1. great 🙂 Which reader do you use?

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  12. I wish I’d seen this challenge earlier – I love pita bread. Yours look perfect.

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    1. the challenge only ends at the end of this month!

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      1. Yes, but I don’t think I’ll be able to find the time to make and blog abou them!

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        1. oh, that is a pity! I am hosting next month’s FFTO challenge, so take a look on the 1st to see if it is something you want to bake 🙂

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  13. Wow! Very impressive, Tandy, they really did expand and look so much fresher and lovelier than what I’m relegated to purchase.. I’ve got to try it one day!

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    1. please do, they are so rewarding to make 🙂

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  14. Goodness, they really did work brilliantly, didn’t they! Great job, Tandy! 🙂

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    1. thank you Celia – it was an amazing challenge 🙂

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  15. Oh wow Tandy!! Your pitas look perfect!! Great job Tandy!! Nothing beats home made pitas!! I should try them if time permits… eeks! haha

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    1. they are so easy! I was really amazed 🙂

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  16. these look wonderful, i also make pitas–but yours look a whole lot better. I sometimes use the woolies vegetarian patties as a substitute for falafal balls.

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    1. Do try this recipe! So nice seeing you on Sunday 🙂

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  17. these look wonderful, and i also make pita, but yours look better. I use the woolies veg patties as a falafal filler for my pita.

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  18. Hi Tandy
    I love making pita breads, it is so rewarding. Yours look as good as they get.

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    1. thank you so much Glenda 🙂

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  19. They look gorgeous Tandy!
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. Thank you Mandy 🙂

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  20. These look great. Sorry the falafeal didn’t work out.

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    1. I am learning how to make them MY way which does not always mean success 🙂

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  21. they look really good. far better than shop bought 🙂

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    1. thank you so much 🙂

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  22. I love pita pockets with hummus and fresh salad but I always use shop bought. I don’t have a bread maker so I’ll have to stick to the old fashioned way of using elbow grease!

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    1. we can buy ready made dough here, which would also work 🙂

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  23. Gorgeous, Tandy. There’s nothing quite as delightful as warm pita straight from the oven. Yum!

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    1. I tried one straight away and it was lovely 🙂

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  24. They looks amazing. Like Roger I love pita but have never thought to make it. And with the bread machine…all so much easier!

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    1. Even without a bread machine they are so easy to do – another thing I am not paying for again 🙂

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  25. Looks really wonderful, Tandy. I love pita bread. Have a wonderful week. 😉

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    1. thanks AD, and you too 🙂

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  26. Stunning looking bread my friend, soft and delicious 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. thanks CCU, they were very delicious 🙂

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  27. This was one of my favourite FFTOs to date. I loved how they puffed up in the oven …and how easy they were to make. Interesting to see your recipe using a breadmaker.

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    1. I felt like patting myself on the back when they puffed up, even though I had nothing to do with it 🙂

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  28. They look great. I use a lot of pita but always have to buy it. Never thought of making it. That’s all changed:)

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    1. wow, that is such a compliment! Thank you 🙂

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