Pitta bread

Pitta bread
This Lebanese speciality is made as a flat round pocket, which can be filled with all manner of things.
476,769 14.3/5 for 86 ratings
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 8 Pittas bread, you will need:

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
22 min.2 hours 30 min.3 min.2 hours 55 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 3 min.
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In the mixer bowl, or a large bowl, pour ½ teaspoon caster sugar, 9 g salt and 300 ml water (warm).

Add 500 g flour, 25 g yeast, and finally 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Stage 2 - 4 min.
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Knead for 4 minutes on medium speed (position "1"), or manually until you get a smooth elastic dough.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 3 - 2 hours
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Gather the dough into a ball, dust with flour, then cover with a plastic sheet. Leave to rise at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, until the dough is doubled in volume.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Cut the dough into 7 or 8 small lumps. Roll into balls, place well spaced on a baking sheet, and cover with a damp tea-towel.

Leave to rise again for about 30 minutes at room temperature.

Stage 5 - 30 min.
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Then roll out the balls of dough into flat rounds approximately 10-15 cm (4-6") diameter and about 5 mm ( ¼") thick (they should not be any thinner).

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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Cook the pitta:
  • Using a wood fire if you have a bread oven
  • In a convential oven at 240°C ou 464°F, directly on the oven floor

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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If you use a bread oven, take care because the pitta cook very quickly (one minute or less!), and need to be turned round and over to colour uniformly.

Your pitta bread is finished.

Stage 8
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You could throw a "pitta party", preparing everything to be put out on the table, leaving your guests to assemble their own pitta sandwiches. Choose a variety of fillings such as:

Diced tomato and cucumber with herbs and vinaigrette.

Stage 9
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Diced avocado in a lime and olive oil vinaigrette.

Stage 10
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Stage 11
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Stage 12
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To make a pitta sandwich, cut in half while still warm.

Stage 13
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Then fill the pocket of each half as you choose from the suggestions above.


An idea to try: a complete pitta meal with a savoury course as described above, and a sweet course with small diced fruit, custard cream or whipped cream, melted chocolate, etc... For the sweet part, it's a good idea to dust the pittas with caster sugar before puting them to the oven, so that they caramelize slightly.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,070 Kcal or 8,667 Kj55 gr382 gr36 gr
104 %21 %36 %5 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
239 Kcal or 1,001 Kj6 gr44 gr4 gr
12 %2 %4 %1 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
259 Kcal or 1,084 Kj7 gr48 gr5 gr
13 %3 %5 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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