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Pita (Middle East Pocket or Bible Bread)



  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups flour


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Stir in oil, sugar and salt.
  3. Stir in about 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
  4. Stir in remaining flour until easy to handle. Knead 10 minutes.
  5. Cover and let rise in a greased bowl until double (about 1 hour).
  6. Punch down. Divide into 6 equal parts, and shape into balls.
  7. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll into 6- to 7-inch circles 1/8-inch thick. Place 2 circles in opposite corners of each of 3 ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Cover. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees F until puffed and brown.


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