Fluffy Pita Bread

One day we were craving Greek food so we finally made our way over to the famous Nick the Greek chain since they opened another location close to us. Now the gyro was just fine, but the pita bread was the star. The pita’s soft, fluffy, and pliable texture just made our gyro that much better, but sadly it’s quite expensive for what it is. So of course we wondered, can we make this ourselves? And that’s what triggered our pita bread journey!

There are 2 kinds of pita breads, one with a pocket and one without. While stuffing a pocket is great and keeps things all together, we find that the chew and fluffiness of the pocketless pita is worth the mess. Strangely, it was quite difficult to find a pocketless pita recipe but the interwebs has an abundance of pocket pita recipes. Luckily we now have this pita bread recipe, which is great for any sandwich, as a side with olive oil, as a snack with greek yogurt and you can even add different seasoning and herbs to it to further flavor this pita bread!

Carlienne’s Fluffy Pita Bread

Materials

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Plastic Scraper
  • Spoon or Fork for initial mixing
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Tongs

Ingredients

  • 160ml or 2/3C Room Temperature Milk
  • 80ml or 1/3C Room Temperature Water
  • 1 tsp granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast (active dry)
  • 2 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 320g or 2.5C Bread Flour

Guide

  1. Combine milk, water, yeast, sugar, olive oil and give it a stir to activate the yeast and let sit for at least 5 minutes, or until the yeast blooms.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. When yeast mixture is ready, add to flour mixture and mix with utensil until it comes together.
  3. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough for another 4-6 minutes or until it is smooth.
  4. In an oiled bowl (can use the same bowl) let dough rest for at least 40 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  5. On a well oiled surface place the rested dough and flatten it to release some air and shape into what looks like a 2×4 piece of wood.
  6. With plastic scraper divide into at least 6 pieces then shape each piece into dough balls.
  7. To shape pita bread, flatten dough ball with fingers then roll out into a 4-6 inch round.
  8. Heat a cast iron to medium high heat, add a little olive oil and cook on both sides for 1-3 minutes.
    • Pro Tip: the first side will create some bubbles and it will slightly puff. Look for a nicely browned side before flipping.
  9. Place on a plate and enjoy as a snack or accompanied with vegetables and meat!

Try it with:
Add fresh herbs to the flour mixture (before combining yeast) like thyme or rosemary. Try it with ground seasonings just before cooking for more flavor!

Combine room temp milk and water and yeast
Combine room temp milk and water and yeast
Separately, combine flour and salt
Separately, combine flour and salt
When yeast is bloomed, combine all ingredients together
When yeast is bloomed, combine all ingredients together
Stir until dough comes together, then remove bowl
Stir until dough comes together, then remove bowl
Knead until dough is smooth
Knead until dough is smooth
Oil your bowl and place your dough in it, covered, to rest for 45 minutes
Oil your bowl and place your dough in it, covered, to rest for 45 minutes
Oil your work surface and shape dough into a log or 2x4
Oil your work surface and shape dough into a log or 2×4
Divide dough into 6 pieces
Divide dough into 6 pieces
Form dough pieces into balls
Form dough pieces into balls
Formed dough balls, similar to mozzarella balls
Formed dough balls, similar to mozzarella balls
Press out dough balls with fingers first
Press out dough balls with fingers first
Then use a roller to flatten out to 4-6 inch rounds
Then use a roller to flatten out to 4-6 inch rounds
Use a cast iron pan on med-high heat until the first side begins to bubble, then flip
Use a cast iron pan on med-high heat until the first side begins to bubble, then flip
Cook until both sides are browned
Cook until both sides are browned
Detail: Fluffy inside
Detail: Fluffy inside
Homemade pita bread
Homemade pita bread

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