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Four Sourdough Pitas stacked and wrapped in a tea towel.

Sourdough Pita Bread Recipe

Soft, tender and fluffy Sourdough Pita Bread for all the sandwich stuffings, and a vehicle for scooping up flavorful dips and spreads like my Artichoke Hummus or you can make Greek Pita Sandwiches with them! Use your doubled in size Sourdough Starter to whip up this sourdough pita recipe. This recipe is vegetarian and vegan friendly.
*Bulk fermentation time above is variable depending on ambiant temperature and how active your sorudough starter is. Weigh your ingredietns for best outcome. << See blog post for recipes to enjoy your pita with >>
Example Baker's Schedule:
In the Morning: Feed your starter and allow it to double in size. In the Evening: Mix the dough and bulk ferment at room temp. The Next Morning: shape, proof and bake.
Course Component, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Sourdough Pita Bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Bulk Fermentation + Rest 12 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 36 minutes
Servings 8 pita pockets or 4 whole pitas
Calories 211kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


  • 1 cup (200 grams) Sourdough Starter 100% hydration, active and doubled in size
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (200 grams) Warm Water 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius)
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups (300 grams) Bread Flour unbleached
  • 1/2 cup (85 grams) Whole Wheat Flour stone ground
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) fine Sea Salt


  • Mix the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add the sourdough starter, water, maple syrup, and olive oil. Whisk until there are no chunks of starter floating around.
    To the wet ingredients, add the bread flour, whole wheat flour and salt.
  • First, mix with a fork, the dough will become shaggy. Then mix by hand, mixing, folding and pushing the dough until the flour is fully incorporated and no dry bits are present. It will seem dry at first, but the more you work the dough, the more hydrated it will become. Do this for about 3-4 minutes. The dough will stick to your fingers as you go. 
  • Use the fork to scrape off the dough on your fingers as much as you can. Cover bowl with a damp tea towel. Set a timer for for 30 minutes and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Now is a good time to feed/refresh your starter. 
  • Fold the Dough: After the dough has rested, fold the dough. To do this, grab a portion of the dough while it remains in the bowl, stretch it up and fold it over, pressing your fingertips into the center of the dough. You'll notice the dough is less stiff and more workable at this point. Repeat, until you've worked your way around the dough. This is the first fold, and you can stop here and begin bulk fermentation, but If time permits, and optimally, you'll want to repeat this fold at least one more time, two if you can, as it improves the final dough's structure. Allow for about 30-45 minutes each between folds. 
  • Bulk (fermentation) Rise: After the last fold, cover the bowl with two damp towels and allow to rise overnight at room temperature. This will take about 10-12 hours at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius), but in a cooler kitchen the dough can take up to 12-16 hours to rise - this is the norm in my chilly kitchen. The dough is ready when it no longer looks dense, is jiggly when the bowl is shaken, and has about doubled in size. 
  • Shape the Dough: In the morning, and with damp fingertips, coax the dough into a floured work-surface. Divide the dough into 4 pieces (210 grams each).
    Working quickly, with a piece of dough on the work surface, pull the edges of each piece to the center to shape the dough, and pinch making a rough dough ball. Place the dough on the work surface, pinched side down, sprits a touch of water on the work surface to increase friction if needed, and gently cup your hand behind the dough ball and pull it towards you to increase surface tension.
  • Proof the Dough (second rise): Transfer the balls to a lightly floured surface, and cover with a damp tea towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 15 minutes (a quick proof). They'll become just slightly puffy.
    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 Celsius). Arrange the oven racks in the upper and bottom third of the oven. Place an upside down sheet pan(s) and/or pizza stone on each rack for preheating. Bake two at a time (two is easier to manage without cooling the oven down too much). I bake two at a time on one sheet pan. Or, one at a time on a stone.
  • Roll Out the Dough Balls: On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough balls into a uniform disk to between 1/8 - 1/4 inch (.3 - .6 centimeters) thick and 7 - 7 1/2 inches (17 - 19 centimeters) wide, turning the dough like pie dough to keep a circular shape, sprinkling with more flour as needed to prevent sticking. If the dough becomes difficult to roll, set it aside to rest for about five minutes, and roll another ball. Transfer the pita dough to a small piece of parchment paper. Cover with a damp tea towel unless transfering directly to the oven. Finish rolling out the remaining dough balls.
  • Bake the Pita Bread: Once the oven is preheated, transfer the pita to a peel or upside down sheet pan. Open the oven door, and using the parchemnt as a handle, slide the pita onto the preheated stone or pan.
    Bake for 5 minutes and 20 seconds or until the pita is puffed up and only lightly golden on the bottom around the edges. It won't brown on top. No need to flip the pitas while they're baking.
  • Remove from the oven and loosely wrap the pitas in a tea towel(s). Dont deflate the pitas while still hot as the steam coming out of the pita will burn skin. Rest 10 minutes, then gently deflate once cooled.
    Slice the pitas in half and enjoy stuffed, or slice into wedges for dipping in all the things (see blog post for ideas!).
  • Storage Notes: Sourdough is best consumed on the same day it's baked, but pita will last for 2-3 days stored at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag.
    Baked pita freezes beautifully. First, allow the pita to cool compltely, then place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to two weeks. Thaw at room temperature, and rewarm in a 350F oven, wrapped in foil (to keep their softness) for about 10 minutes. 


Serving: 1pita pocket | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg