Friday, July 6, 2007

Recipe for Pita Bread (pareve, uses bread machine)

Pita bread is quick and easy to make, using a bread machine to make the dough and preheating the oven before the machine finishes the dough cycle. Reportedly, pita bread gets stale quickly. We never have leftovers to test the validity of this, though.

With this recipe, you can have fresh pita on the table in just over two hours. (Assuming 1.5 hours in the machine's dough cycle.)


  • 1 1/8 cup water (9 oz.)
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
    (I have successfully substituted whole wheat flour 1:1 for part and for all of the flour)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons yeast

  1. Place ingredients in bread machine, set to 'dough' cycle.
  2. Heat oven to 500 degrees F.
  3. When dough is made, roll it into a rope.
  4. Divide the dough-rope into 8 parts.
  5. Roll each part into a smooth ball with your hands.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle/disc, 6"-7" in diameter.
  7. Let rise 30 minutes.
  8. Bake the discs for 4-5 minutes on the middle rack of the 500 degree oven. (They'll puff up)
  9. Remove the baked disks promptly and place them directly in the paper bag pr cover with a towel. (This step keeps the steaming process going, so they'll cook completely.)
  10. Eat soon after they're done. They taste best when still warm from the oven.


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orieyenta said...

Vary cool! A few of the ladies at my shul got together and made fresh pita for the first time not too long ago. It was a fun (and yummy) project!

Shabbat Shalom!

The Babka Nosher said...

I can't wait to try these! How long do you leave them in the paper bag? Have a good Shabbos!

Juggling Frogs said...


Before I made them, I thought it would be complicated. I was wrong. These are easy and quick to make; very rewarding.

We've been making them for years, ever since.

Babka Nosher,

The bag or towel is just to keep them from hardening, to let the steam work its magic and help the hole become more defined.

You can eat them directly from the oven, if you're hungry and quick!

(If you eat them without the bag, the hole might need a bit of encouragement, but there will be a pocket.)

The rest should wait under wraps, as described.

Shabbat Shalom!

mother in israel said...

Please send to KCC. . .

Rachel said...

Shouldn't there be yeast in the pita bread recipe?

Juggling Frogs said...




The yeast was buried in an HTML typo!

Thank you so much for pointing that out!


Apologies to anyone who was left with a lump in their bread machines.


Anonymous said...

This was a great recipe, my daughter thought it was great! Thank you!


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