Pita Bread From 'Savory Baking'

August 24, 2022
9 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Prep time 3 hours
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • makes 8
Author Notes

"Making homemade pita is incredibly satisfying—and so much easier than you might expect. It’s also much quicker. I like to use a little bit of whole wheat flour for a more flavorful final bread." —Excerpted from Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything in Between 2022 by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Photography © 2022 Mark Weinberg. Reproduced by permission of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.

Erin Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • 360 grams (3 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 40 grams (⅓ cup) whole wheat flour
  • 10 grams (1 tablespoon) instant dry yeast
  • 6 grams (1 ½ teaspoon) fine sea salt
  • 280 grams (1 ¼ cup) warm water
  • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
  • 8 (8-inch/20cm) parchment circles
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt to combine. Add the water and olive oil and mix on low speed for 3 minutes, until the dough comes together.
  2. Raise the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes more, until the dough is very smooth. (Note: the dough can also be mixed by hand in a large bowl, then kneaded by hand for 5-7 minutes.)
  3. Lightly oil a medium bowl with olive oil. Add the dough to the bowl and gently turn it over onto itself a few times to round the dough and lightly coat it with oil.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until the dough is nearly double in size, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 500°F/260°C with an oven rack in the center, with a Baking Steel or pizza stone on top of it (if you don’t have either – see Note). The Steel or stone needs to be in the oven for at least 30 minutes after the oven preheats.
  6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide the dough into 8 even pieces (about 90 grams each). Gently round each piece of dough, and place it onto a lightly floured area of the work bench. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Work with one piece of dough at a time. Keep all dough, before and after shaping, covered to prevent it from drying out. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pita to about ¼ in/6 mm thick (between 6-7 in/15-18 cm wide), trying to maintain an even thickness. Transfer the dough to a parchment circle—keep covered.
  8. Working with as many as can easily fit on the Steel/stone at a time, bake 2-4 pitas at once by sliding the parchment circles right onto the Steel/stone. Bake for 2-3 minutes, until visibly puffed with air in the center—it may brown slightly.
  9. Remove the pitas from the oven and wrap tightly in a clean kitchen towel to steam the pitas, and keep them warm. Repeat, shaping and baking the remaining pitas. Serve immediately, warm.
  10. Note: If you don’t have a Baking Steel or pizza stone, place a large cast iron skillet into the oven when you turn the oven on to preheat. Bake the pitas one at a time in the skillet for best results.
  11. Make Ahead & Storage: The pitas are best the same day you prepare them. Leftover pita can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature and refreshed by toasting. Pita can be frozen for up to 1 month, thaw completely before toasting to refresh.

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  • cttrojan
  • Happy_Baker
  • MGW17
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!

3 Reviews

cttrojan July 6, 2023
The dough was really wet for me, but I added enough flour to make it workable and I don’t think the pita suffered from it. If you prefer fluffier pita, it’s easy to achieve that by rolling out smaller circles. Mine didn’t totally puff up, but I still got the pocket. I would definitely make this again, because it’s far superior to purchased pita.
Happy_Baker September 13, 2022
Another gem by Erin Jean McDowell! This is hands down, the easiest pita bread recipe that's worth making again and again! I used the whole wheat for dusting and it provided the perfect texture and flavor. I admit that I was a little concerned that the dough was too moist as I formed the individual dough balls, but it was the perfect consistency for yielding delightfully pillowy pita pockets!
MGW17 September 10, 2022
Best, easiest pita bread recipe I have ever tried!!! I didn’t have whole wheat flour and substituted with spelt flour but was still amazing!!!

Absolutely recommend this recipe!!