Traditional Pita Breads: Authentic Mediterranean Flavors at Home


Experience the authentic taste of the Mediterranean with our Traditional Pita Breads. Soft, fluffy, and perfect for stuffing with your favorite fillings, these pita breads bring the flavors of the Middle East right to your kitchen. Enjoy them warm from the oven, and transform your meals into a delightful culinary journey.

A stack of freshly baked pita breads on a rustic wooden board. The pitas are golden brown with a soft, fluffy texture and slight puffing, showcasing their perfect pockets. Surrounding the pitas are small bowls of hummus, tzatziki, and fresh vegetables, enhancing the Mediterranean presentation.

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including rising time)
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 pita bread

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • 500g (4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 7g (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 240ml (1 cup) warm water (around 43°C / 110°F)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) warm water (for yeast)

Method of Preparation

  1. Activate Yeast: In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, and 60ml (1/4 cup) of warm water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  3. Combine Wet Ingredients: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the yeast mixture, olive oil, and 240ml (1 cup) of warm water.
  4. Form Dough: Mix until the dough starts to come together, then transfer to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. First Rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 250°C (480°F). If using a baking stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.
  7. Shape Pitas: Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then roll out each ball into a 1/4-inch thick circle.
  8. Bake: Place the dough circles on the preheated baking stone or a baking sheet. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until the pitas puff up and are lightly golden.
  9. Cool: Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Proper Rolling: Roll the dough evenly to ensure even puffing.
  • Hot Oven: A very hot oven is key to achieving the perfect pocket in your pita breads.
  • Storage: Store pitas in a plastic bag to keep them soft. They can also be frozen and reheated as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour? A: Yes, you can substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a heartier pita.

Q: How can I keep my pitas soft for longer? A: Store them in an airtight container or plastic bag once they have cooled. You can also wrap them in a damp cloth before storing.

Q: Can I cook these on the stovetop? A: Yes, you can cook pita breads on a hot skillet or griddle over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Bring the warmth and aroma of the Mediterranean into your home with our Traditional Pita Breads. Whether you're making gyros, sandwiches, or simply enjoying them with a dip, these pitas will elevate your meals with their authentic, homemade goodness. Enjoy the simple pleasure of baking and savoring fresh pita breads that transport your taste buds to distant lands.