Greek pita bread is different than the usual pita you find in the US supermarkets. Greek pita is more like a flatbread, does not have a pocket and is an essential ingredient if you are making souvlaki.
I prefer making my own pita bread whenever we enjoy homemade souvlaki, the local store bought options do not satisfy my Greek palette 🙂 (unless I go to Astoria).
They come out delicious every time and they truly are the real thing.Print
Greek pita bread is like a flatbread and is an essential ingredient if you are making souvlaki. This is a very easy recipe to make Greek pita at home.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup water, at room temperature
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil for the bowl and for brushing the pitas later
- In a bowl combine the sugar, yeast, water and milk. Set aside for 5 minutes until mixture starts to froth.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and the thyme leaves. Mix well.
- Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir well.
- Gradually add the yeast mixture to the flour mix. Mix well each time you add the yeast mixture.
- Transfer dough mix to a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 4-5 minutes until the dough becomes smooth.
- Brush a bowl with some oil and add the dough.
- Cover with a towel and let it rest for about 40 minutes, until it rises and doubles in size.
- Place a pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil.
- Cut dough into 4 equal sized pieces(or 6 small ones)
- Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough to a circle about 8 inch/20 cm in diameter.
- Cook each pita bread for 1-2 minutes on each side in the pan, until it puffs up a little and starts browning. (Add a little olive oil to the pan after cooking 1-2 pitas).
Use your pitas for rolling up souvlaki or cut them up and serve next to your favorite dip.
Keywords: Greek pita bread, flatbread, pita bread