Pita bread on a wooden board
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Middle Eastern Pita Bread Recipe

Make fresh pita pockets at home and indulge in a complete Middle eastern experience. Have options to choose from - shawarma, falafel, hummus, or labneh. 
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rising Time1 hr
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Keyword: pita bread
Appliance: oven, Baking Sheet
Servings: 12
Author: Sakina Kheriwala


  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast or active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, water, sugar, and 3 cups of the flour to form a sponge. Let the sponge rest for 10 minutes. Mix in the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of flour little at a time until the dough forms into a nice ball. Knead on medium speed for 5 minutes. It should get smooth, shiny, and elastic.
  • Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to grease a large bowl. Roll the dough in the oil, put it in the bowl, cover it with a towel and let it rise for 2 hours.
  • Preheat an oven to 500℃ with a baking stone. If you don't have one, just put a baking sheet in the middle.
  •  Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll it into 8-inch rounds. Let the rounds rise for 20 minutes. Just before cooking, roll each piece out into an 8-inch circle.
  • Cook it in batches two at a time on the baking stone. They should ideally puff up and brown in 3-5 minutes.
  • Now, remove them from the oven and wrap them in a clean dish towel and put them in a plastic bag to keep them soft and pliable.
    Pita bread on a wooden board


  • Cook time applies if you bake the bread one at a time. Cook time for one pita varies between 3-5 minutes. If you do not have a baking stone, use a cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet. To ensure a pocket, make sure your oven is very hot. It is advisable not to roll your pita too thin.
  • You can also mix the famous Middle Eastern spice mix, za'atar, to the olive oil and drizzle it over the pita bread for flavoring. This is, however, optional.