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Best Vegan Pita Bread Stacked on a Plate

Vegan Pita Bread

  • Author: Kenden Alfond
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours for dough rising
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pita breads 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Pita is a yeast-leavened, round flatbread with a puffy pocket, commonly eaten in the Middle East and neighboring countries. It’s made with flour, olive oil, yeast, salt, and a touch of sugar to aid in fermenting. Once you make this bread homemade, you won’t want to go back to store bought. So warm and delicious!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2½ cups (300 grams) of all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1½ cups (360 mls) of lukewarm water, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (125 grams) of whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of canola or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of lukewarm water with all of the yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix with a fork.
  2. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to ferment for 30 minutes until thick and frothy.
  3. Add 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour , ½ cup of lukewarm water, and salt. Fork mix until a sticky dough comes together.
  4. Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes, gradually adding ½ cup of flour and a teaspoon of olive oil. The dough will become smooth and springy to the touch.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and place into a mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  6. Tip the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8-10 equal pieces and form each into a ball with your hands.
  7. Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  8. Roll each ball into a flat circle, cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Lightly oil the skillet and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  10. One at a time, cook pitas in the hot skillet for 1-2 minutes each side until they puff.

Notes

Added variations to the end of Step 4:

  • Crunch – add chopped pumpkin or sunflower seeds to add flavor, texture, and nutrition
  • Sweetness – add chopped raisins or currants, orange zest, or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Savory – add chopped, baked garlic, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric for a savory, golden pita

Keywords: pita, bread, homemade bread, diy pita, dairy-free, egg-free bread, vegan, vegetarian, pita pocket