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This fluffy pita bread recipe is perfect for Gyros and makes a great flatbread! It is incredibly fluffy and makes the perfect sized pocket-less pitas for gyros, dipping, sandwiches, pizza or side.

It wasn’t until Gyros was on the menu that I needed some pita bread to go along, so this recipe came to be. The addition of baking powder to yeast really gives that nice fluffy lift without overdoing it and WOW are these so fluffy!!  Not to mention the amazing aroma these gave off during cooking. If you were ever to make pita bread or flatbread in general, this is the recipe you NEED TO TRY! Double the recipe and freeze for another time because they would go so good with other meals!

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Recipes to try with this Pita Bread:

What is the difference between pita bread, naan or flatbread?

Pita bread, flatbread, and naan are all in the flatbread family. There are unleavened and leavened versions of flatbread and naan and pita bread both happen to be the leavened type. The difference between naan and pita bread is the liquid to be used in the recipe whether it be yogurt, milk, and water. Milk used instead of water will, as it does for ordinary bread, yield a softer dough. This recipe yields for milk and water with the addition of baking powder to yeast and the results are perfect! 

How do you freeze Pita Bread?

Cool completely and store stacked on top of each other inside a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Take as much air out as possible before sealing and defrost at room temperature.

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Ingredients for Pita bread:
  • 2/3 cup warm water 
  • 2 tsp dry yeast 
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder 
How to make Pita Bread:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water until foam develops. Stir in the milk, oil, salt, baking powder and 2 cups of flour. Turn mixer on low and knead in the remaining cup of flour gradually until dough comes together and no longer sticks to the sides. Knead 5 minutes.

2. Cover bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

3. Preheat a medium sized skillet or cast iron to medium-low heat. Divide dough into 8 equal sized pieces and form into balls. Roll each ball out to a 7-inch circle.

4. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown spotting and cooked thoroughly.

 

Pita Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This fluffy pita bread recipe is perfect for Gyros and makes a great flatbread! It is incredibly fluffy and makes the perfect sized pocket-less pitas for gyros, dipping, sandwiches, pizza or side.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water until foam develops. Stir in the milk, oil, salt, baking powder and 2 cups of flour. Turn mixer on low and knead in the remaining cup of flour gradually until dough comes together and no longer sticks to the sides. Knead 5 minutes.
  • Cover bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Preheat a medium sized skillet or cast iron to medium-low heat. Divide dough into 8 equal sized pieces and form into balls. Roll each ball out to a 7-inch circle.
  • Cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown spotting and cooked thoroughly.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1gCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 38.7gProtein: 5.7gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 159mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 1.3g

 

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10 comments

    • Huda

    Hi is it going to be puff while cooking it on the stove? Mine I just used yeast without baking powder. Some off them puff some not. Is this the secret ingredient.
    I tried many times the result the same only a few puff😔

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Huda, baking powder will make anything fluffier when combined with yeast. It should rise more when cooking.

    • Gail Cross

    I would love to make this pita bread as much I love the matza. But yeast is my enemy it never works for me in recipes ?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Gail, we do have a unleavened bread recipe here on the blog, but yeast is not really hard to activate with warm water. This recipe has the addition of baking powder so you have backup in case the yeast fails 🙂

    • Tatyana

    They are perfect for dipping and gyros Definitely will be making those again

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Tatyana, I’m glad to hear! What did you dip this in, curious to know?

    • Ali

    Hi, should I still cook these all the way if I want to place toppings after and make pizza? And how long should I keep them in the oven when baking the pizza?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Ali, yes I would still recommend you cook these thoroughly before making pizzas. To make pizzas from this pita bread, place these onto greased cookie sheets, put your toppings on and bake at 400 for 8-10 min. Let me know how the pizzas turn out.

    • olga

    Hi, You dont need oil in pan when heating cooking the dough?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Olga not for these, just make sure your skillet is pre-heated.

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