A Quick Greek Pita Bread Recipe that is so easy and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. Once you make these puffy rounds of deliciousness, you will want them all the time.
Why I Love This Recipe
There is nothing better than homemade bread. Your house smells good, it's better for you, and the first bite of warm bread fresh out of the oven, or in this case off the pan, is probably one of the best things in life just like my No-Knead Rosemary Bread or my Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread.
This is a recipe that is very easy to execute, but you have to make time for the dough to rest around 2.5 hours, so plan for that. It's worth it, I promise, similar to my Easy Ciabatta Rolls Recipe.
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Ingredients Needed to Make Greek Pita Bread
There are only 5 ingredients needed to make this Quick Pita Bread Recipe and you most likely have them in your pantry. You will need active dry yeast, warm water, all-purpose flour, olive oil, and salt.
Those small packets of yeast you bought in a pack of 3 and only used once could be lurking in the back somewhere. If not, they are inexpensive and have a lot of uses. Just make sure they haven't expired.
How to Make Easy Homemade Greek Pita Bread
Place the yeast, warm water, and 1 cup of flour into the bowl of a mixer and whisk together by hand and let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Add olive oil, salt, and the rest of the flour.
Use the dough hook attachment and mix at low speed for about 5 minutes until the dough is soft and just slightly sticky.
Place the dough onto a floured work surface and form into a ball. Place the dough ball inside a large bowl that has been wiped with olive oil, cover the bowl with clear wrap, and let the dough rest until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place it onto a floured work surface. Lightly pat the dough into a flat rectangle shape about ½ inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 pieces.
Form each piece into a small round ball by tucking the ends underneath a few times to make it nice and tight and smooth. Cover the balls with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let them rest for 30 minutes.
After resting, gently pat each dough ball flat with your fingers. Brush a cast-iron skillet with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Repeat for all of the pitas and enjoy!
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Once all of the pitas are cooked, they are ready to go! I must warn you they are REALLY good right after cooking while they are still warm and are delicious all by themselves.
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Easy Homemade Greek Pita Bread
- cast iron pan
- stand mixer with dough attachment
- 1 package active dry yeast (2¼ tsp)
- 1 cup warm water
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tablespoon olive oil (plus a little more for bowl and pan)
- 1¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the yeast, warm water, and 1 cup of flour into the bowl of a mixer. Whisk together by hand and let it stand 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture is bubbly.
- Add 1½ tablespoons olive oil, 1¾ teaspoon salt, and the rest of the flour into the mixture. Use the dough hook attachment and mix at low speed, until the dough is soft and just slightly sticky. If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl too much, add a little more flour, but no more than another ¼ cup.
- Continue to mix/knead the dough on low speed for about 5 minutes. It should all combine together nicely and be stretchy and smooth.
- Place the dough onto a floured work surface and form into a ball, tucking under to create a smooth surface.
- Wipe the inside of a bowl with olive oil and place the dough ball inside. Cover the bowl with clear wrap sprayed with cooking spray and let the dough rest until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place it onto a floured work surface. Lightly pat the dough into a flat rectangle shape about ½ inch thick. Use a knife to cut the dough into 8 pieces.
- Form each piece into a small round ball by tucking the ends underneath a few times to make it nice and tight and smooth. Place each ball on a surface you can cover, I used a baking sheet with a silicone mat.
- Cover the balls with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let them rest for 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle a small amount of flour on your work surface and gently pat each dough ball flat with your fingers, forming a flat round disc about ¼ inch thick.
- Brush a cast-iron skillet with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Place the dough round into the hot skillet and cook until bread begins to puff up and the bottom has brown spots, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Flip again onto each side for 30 more seconds each. Your pitas will start to bubble and fill with air (some more than others). Once evenly cooked on both sides, remove the pita from the skillet and place it on a plate for cooling.
- Brush a little more olive oil in the skillet when needed and repeat cooking the rest of the dough rounds. Watch your heat as you are cooking, if the oil starts smoking or the pitas burn, turn down the heat and wait a few minutes before continuing to cook the rest of the pitas.
- Pita bread will last a few days in a sealed container or bag. Adapted from Chef John's pita bread recipe on allrecipes.com.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.