Best-Tasting Pocketless Pita Bread (Soft and Delicious!)

Pita bread from scratch

Pocketless Pita Bread

pita bread from scratch

Pocketless pita bread has always had a special place in my heart. I know, I'm sounding a bit dramatic but it's true! Let me tell you why.

When I lived in Arizona some years ago, we enjoyed eating out on the weekends (we still enjoy eating out, except that there are only about, mmmm, five decent dining options to choose from here in Rexburg, Idaho. LoL!). One restaurant we visited frequently was Hajibaba, a little hole in the wall, if you will, offering the best middle eastern food I've ever had in my life. It's won a bunch of awards and has made it to the newspaper headlines quite often.

Pocketless Pita Bread

I say "hole in the wall" because this restaurant is not what you would say a stunning, take-your-breath-away type of restaurant. It sits on the corner of a street mall in the Tempe area, and aside from being a dining place, it's also a marketplace selling middle eastern goodies. So yeah, not impressive when you walk in, but the food totally makes up for it. Because they don't have to deal with maintaining a fancy place with high overhead costs, the food is very affordable. Honestly, I think they should charge more because of how delicious it is (and they give large portions, too!).

Pocketless Pita Bread

Well, the reason I bring this up is to give you a bit of background as to the time when I fell in love with pita bread. At this restaurant, they give you a basket with  3-4 pieces of warm and delicious pocketless pita bread, ready to be dipped in hummus or eaten with your main dish.  This is their "chips and salsa" sort of speak. And even though their food never disappoints, their pita bread takes the whole dining experience to another level.

Pocketless Pita Bread

The recipe I'm sharing with you today is my "copycat recipe" to this amazing pita bread. I love it because of how soft the pitas turn out. They are kind of on the thick side too and are very pliable. The trick is to roll them to about 1/8 inch thick and when cooking them on the nonstick skillet, watch them bubble and thicken up. Then you turn them on the other side and cook for another minute or two. The key is to not cook them at too high of a temperature to allow the inside to cook well without getting too brown on the outside.

And who's to say you can only serve this awesome pocketless pita bread with middle eastern or greek food? Not long ago I served this pocketless pita bread with my favorite creamy chicken noodle soup from scratch and it was a big hit. You could make your favorite sandwich with this bread too. The possibilities are endless!

I tell ya, it may be easier to buy pita bread, but they will NEVER be this good. In fact, I like them even better than the regular pita pocket bread that's found at the grocery store, which is dry and not very tasty. I think these will become your favorite for sure!

Now, let me show you the simple steps to make this amazing pita bread (for more details on each step, refer to the recipe):

Pocketless Pita Bread

Mix all the ingredients in the Bosch Universal (Watch How-to video on how to add flour to the Bosch Universal here).

Pocketless Pita Bread

Place your dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let the dough rest for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

Pocketless Pita Bread

Shape this beautiful dough into 16 round pieces.

Pocketless Pita Bread

Pocketless Pita Bread

Flatten the round pieces one by one and cook them on both sides for a few minutes.

Pocketless Pita Bread

Pocketless Pita Bread

Pocketless Pita Bread

And here's the end result:

Pocketless Pita Bread

Delicious, right? I want to eat one RIGHT. NOW.  It's not good to write a blog post on pita bread when I still haven't had dinner, I tell ya.

Are you ready for the recipe? Let's do it!

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Best-Tasting Pocketless Pita Bread (Soft and Delicious!)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk (at least 2%)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 TBSP SAF instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 cups bread flour (all-purpose works too)

Instructions

  1. In the Bosch Universal, add the warm water, warm milk, honey and melted butter (you could also use a glass container to warm all the ingredients up, together, in the microwave, and then add to the Bosch).
  2. Add two cups of flour and mix on speed 1 until combined.
  3. Add the yeast and salt and mix again for a few seconds.
  4. Continue to add flour (1/2 cup at a time) until the sides of the bowl come clean (watch my how-to video for this step).
  5. Knead on speed 1 for about 3 minutes.
  6. Place dough on oiled bowl. Turn oiled side of dough up and cover the bowl for about 1 hour to allow dough to double in size.
  7. Punch dough down and split into 16 equal parts (I first split the dough in half, then each half I split again, and continue to do this until I get 16 small pieces of dough).
  8. Roll each piece into a ball and, using your rolling pin, flatten to about 6 inches in diameter. Use a bit of flour on the counter if it sticks (or use a silicone mat).
  9. Using a nonstick large skillet, grill each pita for a few minutes until it starts to bubble and the bottom looks golden brown. At this point flip your pita and cook for a minute or two on the other side. Make sure you set the temperature to cook within the two minutes per side without burning the pita or cooking it too fast. You want the pita to cook all the way through and still stay soft and pliable.
  10. Stack them on a plate and when they cool down a bit store them in a plastic bag. They freeze well too!
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