Greek Pita Bread

Total Time
2hrs 4mins
Prep
2 hrs
Cook
4 mins

This is the real Greek pita. I found this on a Greek web site. I think it was Susie's Place. This can be used for souvlaki and gyros sndwiches. If you bake this longer, you have pita pockets. The time to make includes rising.

Skip to Next Recipe

Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine the yeast and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the warm water and let it stand for 10 minutes to proof and ferment.
  3. Dissolve the salt in the remaining warm water.
  4. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl, making a well in the middle and put the dissolved yeast and salt water into it.
  5. With your hands, blend it into a dough. You may need a bit more or less water depending on your flour.
  6. Knead the dough in the bowl with your fists for 10-15 minutes or until smooth.
  7. Pour the oil over the dough and knead it again until the oil is absorbed.
  8. Cover the dough in the bowl with a towel and set in a draft free area to rise to double it's bulk (1-2 hours), then punch it down and knead it again for a few minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Cut pieces of dough, egg-size or larger, depending on the size of the pita desired.
  11. Shape them into balls with your hands and roll them out over a lightly floured board or pastry cloth to 1/4" thickness.
  12. Set 2 or 3 pitas on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake them on the lower rack 2-3 minutes each side.
  13. Bake longer for pita pockets.
  14. Susie's note: Pitas should be white and soft. Wrap the baked pitas in a clean towel until they are cool, then store them in plastic bags to prevent them from drying out. When you are ready to use them, heat a bit of oil in a skillet and fry them a minute or so on each side, or until golden brown. Use them immediately, because they get hard when they dry out.