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Can't beat home made Pita bread

Pita bread is often used as a base for many Middle Eastern dishes. It is known for its soft texture and slightly chewy crust, which makes it ideal for dipping in hummus and Baba ganoush.

Pita bread recipe

1½ cups plain flour

1/2 cup of warm water

1 tbsp olive oil

1½ tsp instant dry yeast

1 tsp salt

Small pinch of sugar


  1. Combine flour, salt, sugar and instant dry yeast in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Slowly add the warm water and olive oil to the flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon or your hands until the dough comes together.

  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

  4. Place the dough in a clean bowl and lightly cover the dough ball with half the olive oil, cover it with a clean cloth, and put it in a warm space.

  5. Allow the dough to rise for 1 to 2 hours.

  6. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 equal portions. Let the balls rest for a further 10mins.

  7. Roll each piece into a thin circle - does not have to be perfect.

  8. Cook the bread in a cast iron pan or flat grill. Once bubbles start to form, flip the bread and cook for a further 1 min.

  9. Optional, preheat oven to 225 degrees celsius, place rolled out dough onto an oven tray lined with baking paper or place it on a pizza stone. Cook for 6 mins.

Serving suggestions

Sprinkle za'atar on top of the raw pita and bake for a snack. Wrap grilled meat, vegetables, and tahini sauce in a pita for a delicious shawarma. Wrap the pita bread with falafel balls, lettuce, tomato, and tahini sauce.

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