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Try this easy homemade whole wheat pita recipe next time you crave tender, chewy pitas with a touch of honey for sweetness.
After years of baking and enjoying various pita recipes, I found the one single key to perfect puffiness.
We bake our pita recipe in a hot oven on a preheated stone.
What can you do with all these fresh, hot delicious pita breads?
Pitas also make great sandwiches, pizzas and scoops for everything else on your plate.
Make this pita recipe part of a fun Greek themed dinner party.
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- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 2/3 cups bread flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
- 1 1/4 cups cold water
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Vegetable cooking spray
- In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together the flours and yeast. Add the water, olive oil, and honey to the bowl. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and mix on low until all the flour is incorporated. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the salt across the dough and mix on medium speed until the dough forms a smooth, sticky ball that clears the sides of the bowl,. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes. If after 8 minutes the dough is still shaggy, add bread flour, one tablespoon at a time, using up to 2 tablespoons additional flour.
- Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Set aside.
- Transfer the dough to a well floured clean countertop and knead for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts (you can weigh them if you have a digital scale.)
- Working with one dough ball at a time, form each into a tight, smooth ball by bringing the edges of the dough together into the center and pinching the seams together to seal. Place the dough balls, seam side down on the prepared baking sheet about 2-inches apart. Repeat until all 8 dough balls are formed. Lightly spray the tops of each dough ball with vegetable spray, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 16 hours and up to 24 hours.
- One hour before baking, adjust the oven rack to the lowest position and set the baking stone on the rack. Preheat oven to 425F.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Place one dough ball on a heavily-floured counter, seam side down. Leave the remaining dough balls covered with plastic wrap. Lightly dust the top of the ball with flour then gently press the dough ball into a 5-inch circle using the heel of your hand. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the disk into a 7-inch circle taking care not to crease, fold or bend the dough. Repeat with a second dough ball. Carefully transfer the disks to a rimless baking sheet or peel, knocking off the excess flour. Make sure the side that was facing up when you began rolling, is still facing up.
- Slide both the dough rounds onto the hot stone and bake until evenly inflated and lightly browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Using a large spatula, turn the pitas and continue cooking until puffed and lightly browned in the center of the second side, about 2-3 minutes. If the pitas do not puff up, turn and bake anyway to prevent burning. Transfer the pitas to a wire rack to cool. Cover lightly with a clean dish towel. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
- Store leftover pitas at room temperature in an airtight container. To reheat, wrap the pitas in foil and heat in a 300F oven for about 15 minutes. Pitas are best eaten the day they are made.
PRO TIP: Shaping the dough into smooth, taut balls and rolling the proofed balls into even disks are the keys to pitas that reliably puff in the oven.
To make pita chips: Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the pita into 8-wedges. In a small bowl combine olive oil, dried oregano, fresh ground black pepper, and a pinch of granulated garlic. Brush the mixture on the tops and bottoms of the wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake until lightly browned, turn and continue baking until both sides are browned.
Method adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.
Check out some of our other favorite Greek-inspired recipes.
Try our Honey Baklava Recipe with layers and layers of flaky phyllo slathered with melted butter, honey and loads of nuts. This recipe is easily halved and can be made several days in advance. Who can resist a slice of this delicious Honey Baklava?! Click HERE to get the recipe for Honey Baklava.
Here’s another Greek favorite transformed into a finger-friendly appetizer:
Spanakopita is a popular and delicious recipe also known as Greek spinach & feta pie. In this finger-friendly version, we turn sheets of phyllo into delicious stuffed triangles that are easily made ahead and frozen, then baked when ready to serve. Click HERE to get the recipe for Spanakopita.
This post was originally published August 2013, updated March 2019