Mix the dough in your bread machine and bake in the oven. A versatile Middle Eastern style flat bread that you can serve with lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.

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  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  • Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces and form into rounds. Cover the rounds with a damp cloth and let rest.

  • Roll dough into thin flat circles, about 8 inches in diameter. Cook two at a time on preheated baking sheets or a baking stone until puffed up and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Repeat for remaining loaves.

Editor's Note:

If you don't have a bread machine, combine 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in yeast, and set aside until yeast is creamy and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Add remaining water, oil, salt, and flour. Mix on low speed using the dough hook until the gluten is fully developed, about 10 minutes. (You can also knead by hand on a floured surface until dough is springy and feels silky to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes.) Transfer dough to an oiled boil, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Proceed with the recipe as directed in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; 3.9 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 438 mg sodium. 36.3 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2007
I have thrown out all other recipes for pita bread and put this one! This bread does not disappoint! I don't have a bread machine so I just kneaded it until smooth oiled it a little and let it rise about an hour an a half before finishing it following the recipe. My family loved it and the kids were so cute with their little noses pressed to the oven window watching it puff up like a balloon they got a real kick out of that! Thanks for the great recipe! One tip I did was to put my oven on 500 the hotter the better and after it puffed up like a balloon flipped it on the other side so it could brown a little for another half minute or so before removing it. Otherwise the first piece didn't brown at all on top and I thought it looked prettier with some browning on both sides. If you leave it too long to brown it will start to toast and get crunchy so be careful of that. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2009
I would rate this higher but I found that the bread was way too crispy when I cooked it at the time/temperature stated. After the first few I cooked the bread for only 4 minutes and that did the trick. I think even less time or lower temp (my oven runs hot) would work for a soft more 'foldable' bread. BTW I made the bread by hand and it worked great. Proofed the yeast in warm water with sugar for about 15 minutes added the oil and then the dry ingredients. I kneaded for about 10 minutes and let the dough rise for about 30-40 minutes. Then baked. Read More
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133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2007
I have thrown out all other recipes for pita bread and put this one! This bread does not disappoint! I don't have a bread machine so I just kneaded it until smooth oiled it a little and let it rise about an hour an a half before finishing it following the recipe. My family loved it and the kids were so cute with their little noses pressed to the oven window watching it puff up like a balloon they got a real kick out of that! Thanks for the great recipe! One tip I did was to put my oven on 500 the hotter the better and after it puffed up like a balloon flipped it on the other side so it could brown a little for another half minute or so before removing it. Otherwise the first piece didn't brown at all on top and I thought it looked prettier with some browning on both sides. If you leave it too long to brown it will start to toast and get crunchy so be careful of that. Read More
(161)
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2007
I have thrown out all other recipes for pita bread and put this one! This bread does not disappoint! I don't have a bread machine so I just kneaded it until smooth oiled it a little and let it rise about an hour an a half before finishing it following the recipe. My family loved it and the kids were so cute with their little noses pressed to the oven window watching it puff up like a balloon they got a real kick out of that! Thanks for the great recipe! One tip I did was to put my oven on 500 the hotter the better and after it puffed up like a balloon flipped it on the other side so it could brown a little for another half minute or so before removing it. Otherwise the first piece didn't brown at all on top and I thought it looked prettier with some browning on both sides. If you leave it too long to brown it will start to toast and get crunchy so be careful of that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2006
This is the best one for pita bread. I am an Arab and I tried to make the bread for a long time without success until this recipe. This is as good as the store bought one. The only thing is that home ovens just don't have the high and even heat needed to cook the bread quickly to golden brown without drying it. So I cook it until it is just begining to brown then take it out while it is still moist. When I want to eat one loaf, I use a toaster oven to heat it and brown it quickly. Also the toaster oven will repop it for the stuffing to go in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
Wow! I made this recipe without knowing what syrian bread was. I was surprised when I took these out of the oven. This plain bread goes great with a soup or even pasta. I love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
I love this bread! I orginally made it for a cultural presentations I was doing but I like it so much that I am going to have to make it again! Oh and I found out adding extra sugar (what a wonderful accident lol) makes it taste even better to me! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2006
I sometimes poke holes in the dough right before I bake it if I don't want it to be puffed up. And if I want it to be a softer bread I will not cook it quite as long. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2006
Bread was very tasty! My family loved it. It was very similar to my sister in law's, who happens to be Syrian. Only problem I had was with huge air bubbles. After I had made them, my SIL told me to pierce the top of the bread with a fork, all over, before baking them. I will do it next time, and I know they will be perfect then. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2004
I used to make syian bread the old fashioned way with my grandmother as a child. Now I can make it in less than half the time and I can keep the tradition going. I took some to my grandmother and she couldn't tell the difference. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
Very GOOD!!! Crunchy and tasty the whole kitchen smelled like a "BAKERY"! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
Great recipe!! Next time I make this I will lessen the amount of salt added to 1/2 t. I thought 1 1/2 t salt was a little much. Also I had to keep mine in the oven for longer tnan 5 min to give the bread color. And instead of making 8 small circles why not make one as large as the pizza stone I use and just cut pieces to serve to guests. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2009
I would rate this higher but I found that the bread was way too crispy when I cooked it at the time/temperature stated. After the first few I cooked the bread for only 4 minutes and that did the trick. I think even less time or lower temp (my oven runs hot) would work for a soft more 'foldable' bread. BTW I made the bread by hand and it worked great. Proofed the yeast in warm water with sugar for about 15 minutes added the oil and then the dry ingredients. I kneaded for about 10 minutes and let the dough rise for about 30-40 minutes. Then baked. Read More
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