Making our own pita pockets

Homemade pita pocket bread

I love making (and eating!) breads. There's just so much fun stuff you can do with bread dough!

And trust me... when these homemade pita pockets are fresh from the oven, they're practically irresistible. I don't think I'll ever buy another package of pita pockets from the store, ever again. Not that we bought them very frequently in the first place... because who wants to eat dry bread that cracks and doesn't hold much filling?

These homemade pita pockets are so, SO much better than any I've ever tried before. They're soft, they don't crack, they hold a lot of filling, and they have a great flavor.

Whole wheat pita pockets

And, I have a whole wheat pita bread recipe, as well... since that's Joshua's favorite! :) I like the white ones and the wheat ones... I think both are great! :) 

Pita pockets filled with tuna salad and lettuce

We're still in the experimenting stages as far as fillings go... but this tuna salad and lettuce made a great "sandwich"! This was my plate, but these pockets were actually so big, I only ate one, and saved the other for later. :)

So, yeah, I have a new  frugal passion, similar to making my own bagels... because usually once we've tried homemade, we don't go back to store-bought... :)

By the way, the pita pockets are surprisingly easy to make! And they're fun to bake... in the 4-5 minutes they're in the oven, they swell up like a balloon! It's fun. They deflate as they cool. But anyway, just read the recipe. It'll tell you all about them. :)

Comments

I am definitely going to make these this week-end. I used to buy pitta bread a lot when I lived in the UK because I love it. But here in Fance, pitta bread ins't as well known and generally tastes bad unless you buy a really expensive brand.
So thank you for this recipe. I'll be trying it out very soon!
Aline

I can't wait to try these as well. I hate buying them at the store as you never know if they are going to be fresh. My kids love using pita bread to make their own pizzas. They come out very good in the toaster oven. I think they are much healthier than the frozen pizzas and taste better too. I will try your recipe this weeekend and let you know how they turn out. I love your site. Laura

Can't wait to make these!! If they are 1/2 as good as the Spinach tortialls they'll soon become a staple in our diet!

I was very excited to find your blog. I love, love, love cooking and trying new recipes-soups are one of my favorites. I've just begun browsing and everything looks and sounds delicious! Thank-you for a wonderfully pleasing place to visit.

Joanne
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That looks so yummy! I need to set aside a day to try the whole wheat ones as I try to expand my children's diet to include healthier grains.

Emily

Oh, Tammy!

I'm so excited about this recipe! I've been wanting to make pita bread for a long time, but haven't had the time to research it and find a recipe. I am certain that I will make these. And your recipes come with an unwritten guarantee of success! ;)

I agree, homemade breads are so much better! Your bagel recipe is fantastic. I also make a homemade flatbread (kind of like pitas, only without the pocket), and that's really good as well.

Thanks a bunch!

A couple of filling ideas:

For a quick lunch, sometimes I put ground beef sausage (browned) in pitas, with mozzarella cheese and diced tomato.

Scrambled eggs with onions and peppers and cheese in a pita for breakfast.

Grilled chicken breasts, sliced up, sauteed onions and garlic, and mozzarella cheese. If you have pesto, it is superb in this.

And that's all I can think of for now. Homemade ones sound like they would be excellent warm from the oven with butter and honey. :)

Can't wait to try this!

Aline, let me know how you like it! :)

Laura, yum! Pita bread pizzas sounds good. :D

Joanne, thanks, and welcome! :)

Abutton, thanks for the filling ideas, and the vote of confidence in my recipes. ;) I would be delighted if you would send me your flatbread recipe! That's something I've been wanting to try! :)

Those look delicious! I think I'll have to try to make some tonight :)

We brown onions, meat, and Cavender's greek seasoning everytime we eat it pita bread. It's a quick meal and so delicious with mustard and tomatoes and pickles. The Greek seasoning is a staple in our house. We put it on everything.

So, I guess it is a sandwich, haha. We just call them "pita pockets."

I tried these but most of them did not puff up. I think maybe I rolled them too thin. Could that have been the problem? Also, I don't know if it was the way the picture was taken or what but yours looked much bigger then mine. I'm going to give the whole wheat ones a shot next.

Thanks,
Shannon

Hi, Shannon!

Sorry to hear that your pita breads didn't puff up and have pockets! Ours have worked every time... even when mine stuck to the counter a little and were misshapen... I'm not sure about thin vs. thicker, but I pretty much do like the recipe says, dividing the dough into 8 pieces and rolling each piece into a 6-7 inch circle.

That last picture on this post does sort of make the tuna-filled pita pockets look a little bigger than they should be, because of the angle... but, it really seemed like we could fit a lot of filling into the pockets... probably because they opened all the way to the sides without cracking, and were easy to fill...

I hope yours turn out better if you give it a second try! Recipes that don't turn out exactly right are always disappointing! :| :)

Tammy,
My five year old and I made these this afternoon and they were FABULOUS!!!! Everyone loved them & there is only 1 left so guess what we will be making tomorrow. Thanks for another great recipe.
God Bless!
SuzeQ

Tammy, I first made your whole wheat pita pockets last summer and it was one of the coolest things ever. I couldn't believe they turned out so well and they were so easy! It's a five-star favorite for sure. Thanks so much for all your tips and recipes!!

Wonderful! :)

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