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Homemade pita bread

Homemade pita bread, how to make pita bread at home. Step by step pictures and full video recipe.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Resting time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon baking powder optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 165-170 ml water refer notes


  • Take flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Give it a mix. Make a dent in the middle, add luke warm water and a teaspoon of oil.
  • Gather and knead well for 10 mins. I used my bread maker to knead, but you can knead with hands until smooth.
  • Keep the dough in a greased mixing bowl. Oil the surface of the dough too. Cover with a damp towel (without touching dough) or clingwrap the mouth of the bowl. Set aside for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hr, it will double in volume. Punch down and knead to make it smooth again. Dust the surface generously, to avoid sticking.
  • Divide into 8 equal sized balls. Keep the dough and balls covered all the time to prevent drying.
  • Roll each ball with dusting the surface generously. I rolled roughly around 6 inch roughly.Preheat oven to it's highest 250 deg C. Use the tray inverted. Over which dust slightly. I place 3 per batch.
  • Insert the tray to top rack (I used top second) and bake for 2-3 mins. It should puff up within this.
  • Do not bake for longer as it can make it crisp or chewy.
  • Take out and cool over wire rack or wrap in a clean kitchen towel.



  • You can make smaller/ thicker according to your preference. So depending on that, it can make 8 to 12 pitas
  • The water quantity varies depending on the flour quality, humidity at your place, hand knead/ machine knead. So use this as guidance and adjust as needed.
  • I have made without baking powder too, it turns good. It's added to easily puff up and make double sure it gets cooked inside too. 
  • Stiff dough - chewier pita, sticky dough - softer pita bread.