Pita bread

Pita bread

Soft and kind of fluffy pita bread

The French have the baguette, Mexican cuisine has the tortilla, Indian aloo gobi gets sopped up with soft, pillowy naan bread, and if you’ve every treated your palate to Ethiopian food you’ll likely remember using the pancake-like bread called injera to scoop up every bite you took.  Every culture, every cuisine, seems to have a variation of some cereal or grain based bread that is quintessentially their own.  For Greeks, that is the pita.

Pita bread

Oh sure, Greek kitchens and bakeries and farmhouses and village stone ovens produce many other types of baked breads, like kouloures  and lagana, but in our humble opinion, nothing beats pita bread.  Pita is what you use to wrap around a souvlaki, to dip into tzatziki and to scoop up eggplant dip (melitzanosalata).  Greek pita is the original pita pocket; split a pita apart and fill the cavity with feta and your whole being will be happy.  Pita is a great breakfast-on-the-go when that handy pocket is filled with scrambled eggs, and best late night snack when smeared with some peanut butter, the way one of our xeno husbands likes it.

Making your own pita bread is actually very easy; the longest part is in the rising time for the dough.  The actual shaping of the pita and the cooking are easy and frankly, quite fascinating.  When you see a huge air pocket puff up, it’s magical…this is ideal friends;  however, don’t worry if you only get mini air pockets, the pitas will still be fluffy, they will still be delicious, and will be great to dip into your favourite sauce.


Helpful hints

This recipe requires dry yeast.  As with all recipes calling for yeast, it is really important that you note the expiry date on the container.  If your yeast is past its expiry date, or if there is no bubbling when you mix the yeast with the water, you may as well toss it.


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Pita bread
Pita bread
Pita bread
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Pita bread

Soft and kind of fluffy pita bread.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Bread, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 pita breads
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup (250 mL) lukewarm water
  • 2 ¼ cups (337 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil


  • Combine the yeast and water, stir gently and let sit approximately 5 minutes, to dissolve.  You should see some bubbling on the surface of the water.
    2 teaspoons (8 grams) active dry yeast, 1 cup (250 mL) lukewarm water
  • In a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, salt, the oil and the yeast mixture.
    2 ¼ cups (337 grams) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • Using the bread hook attachment, mix on low speed, until the dough is soft and smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Alternatively instead of using a mixer, you can mix everything in a bowl, and knead by hand. Keep in mind that the dough will be a little sticky.  If it’s too sticky however, and sticks to the side of the mixing bowl, or your hands, add a tablespoon of flour at a time, to a maximum of 1/4 cup.
  • Form a ball with the dough and place it in an oil lined bowl. With clean hands, rub a little olive oil over the dough. Cover with tea towels and let rise in a warm, draft free place until it has doubled in size. This should take 2 to 3 hours.
  • Once your dough is ready, knead it gently, and turn it out onto a flat surface.  Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, flatten them a bit with the palm of your hand, and place on a cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise again for 15 minutes.
  • On a very lightly floured surface, take one dough piece at a time, flatten it with your hand and then roll it into a flat circle with a rolling pin.  You should end up with a circle of dough which is about 6 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.
  • Add a little olive oil onto a non-stick pan and heat to medium-low. Cooking one pita bread at a time, cook the first side for a minute or two (we like to rotate the pita every 30 seconds),  until the bread begins to puff up in places.  Flip the bread and cook the second side for another minute or two, rotating the pita every 30 seconds.  Brush the pan with olive oil after you have cooked two pita breads.  Repeat the process until you have used all your dough.
  • While you are finishing up with your pita breads, place the ones you have cooked on a plate and cover them gently with a paper towel.
  • If you don’t eat them right away, let your pitas cool and place them in a resealable bag. Because these are best eaten warm, you can reheat the pita in a frying pan or microwave when you are ready to enjoy them.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg

Thanks for sharing!


    1. miakouppa says:

      Thanks Jeanne! We agree…these are definitely “yum” 🙂

  1. Denise Pare-Watson says:

    I just want to make these pitas immediately, Helen & Billie! I have never made them in a frying pan. This is going on my ‘must try’ list! Thanks so much for sharing another wonderful recipe.

    1. miakouppa says:

      Thank you so much Denise! We hope you love them as much as we do! Making them in a frying pan, gives them a completely different taste, which we hope you enjoy 🙂

  2. They look great! ❤ Your step by step is very well presented. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. miakouppa says:

      Thank you so much! We’re so happy to hear that the step by step photos are helpful. We try hard to make our recipes easy to follow! Have a great day 🙂

  3. Taso Koutroulakis says:

    Yesterday I made homemade gyros and could not find pita at the supermarket so I decided to try your recipe. I am never going back to store-bought pita again,the whole family loved them! Thank you for your great recipes I’ve tried several and have never been disappointed!

    1. miakouppa says:

      Hi Taso!! Thank you so much for your note! We’re so happy you tried our pita! We’re so glad you and your family are enjoying our recipes! Kali Anastasi 🙂

  4. Lori Bateman says:

    My son and I just made the Pitas. They are absolutely delicious. We will definitely make them again. My only regret is I wish I had doubled the recipe they were so good. 😄❤️🇨🇦

    1. miakouppa says:

      Oh that’s amazing Lori!! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed them, and that you made the pita bread with your son! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know!

  5. Patty Theo says:

    Can I make these with gluten free flour?

    1. miakouppa says:

      Hi Patty, we’ve never tried to so can’t know for sure but we imagine that this would work. xoxo

  6. Sophie Stanley-Ruff says:

    Can the dough be kept in the fridge over night, if I wanted to cook half for dinner one night and the other half for dinner the next night ??

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