Orange Herb Pitas #BreadBakers

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I picked a pack of pita pockets for today’s Bread Bakers! Say that 10 times fast if you can!

Our Bread Bakers group is focused on flatbread. Not just any flatbreads, yeast-risen dough only. Flatbread made with leaven has a unique texture. This breads are a bit airy compared to tortilla.
Pita for example starts with a sponge like regular loaf breads. I added seasonings to the oil while the yeast bloomed into a sponge.
pita sponge
Divide the dough into 8 pieces after first rise. Roll into rounds.
pita dough
After a 30 minute rest, roll each ball out into a circle.
Fry in a lightly greased cast iron pan on medium-high heat. Brown on first side about 3 minutes. Flip and finish cooking. Cool completely before attempting to open.
pita fry
pita flip
Pita pocket bread makes fun stuffed sandwiches. You can also eat it like sliced bread or lavash. I’ve seen whole wheat pita before. Most are a bit too dry for me.
So I thought I try my hand at making pita at home. It is a lot easier than I thought.
I wanted to kick it up a bit. Orange zest or orange juice with garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and smoked sea salt. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

This recipe is adapted from Chef John’s Pita Bread .


What would you stuff in these pitas?

Orange Herb Pitas #BreadBakers


  • 1 package rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 to 120 degrees)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • bread
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons smoked salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, (optional)
  • 2 cups flour
  • oil to grease bowl and fry pan


  • Mix together sponge ingredients. Set in a warm place to bloom (get frothy in texture) about 15 minutes.
  • While yeast activates, mix together oil and seasonings.
  • When yeast is ready, add remaining flour and oil/spice mixture.
  • Knead about 5 minutes by hand or on low in upright electric mixer with hook attachment.
  • Roll dough into a ball and place in greased bowl. Cover.
  • Let rise until doubled.
  • Flatten into a rectangle by hand to avoid releasing too much gas.
  • Cut into 8 pieces. Roll into balls and cover with damp paper towels. Let rise about 30 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a flat disc. Rest for several minutes.
  • Fry in lightly greased cast iron pan over moderately high heat.
  • Flip when brown on first side, about 2 to three minutes.
  • Cool cooked pita on a plate or wire rack. Cool completely before attempting to open as a pocket.
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43 Responses to Orange Herb Pitas #BreadBakers

  1. Adding the twist of orange combined with herbs really puts an interesting spin on pita! Very inventive!

    I can imagine how yummy this would be spread with a bit of plain greek yogurt.
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  2. Renee says:

    Love the herbs and especially the orange flavor in your pitas. I’m thinking how marvelous this would be with chicken or turkey salad inside.
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  3. Jenni says:

    Love your flavor combination here, Cindy! I might stuff mine with tuna salad… =)
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  6. Gorgeous. I’d definitely stuff it with some cucumber salad and gyro meat!
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  7. Shilpi says:

    Love Pita bread… And loved the combination of flavors…
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  8. It certainly does sound tempting. My mouth is watering here.
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  9. Mireille says:

    love the spices you used in this version

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  11. Holly says:

    I baked pita this month but am now excited to try your method of frying the dough and can’t wait to see how the results are changed. Lovely combo of zest and herbs!
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  12. Georgina says:

    Cindy I just love the combination of orange and herbs that you used. I would stuff mine with shredded chicken..yumm!
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  13. Allie says:

    I love making homemade pita bread. It’s sooo good. I love the addition of the orange zest
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  14. Jamie says:

    Mmmm I love the addition of orange to pita dough and your pita’s look perfect!

  15. Ooooo! I’ve never tried the combo of orange and rosemary before. I bet it’s delicious!
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  16. Hezzi-D says:

    The orange zest with fresh herbs sounds wonderful. I eat pita pockets a lot so I’m definitely trying this recipe!
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  17. Stacy says:

    Orange complements the herbs and garlic wonderfully, Cindy! These are beautiful pitas and I wish I could have smelled them cooking!
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  18. PJ says:

    Lovely flavors and the pita looks so good…
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  19. Pavani says:

    yumm, yumm!! Your pita bread looks amazing. So soft & fluffy :-)

  20. I’ve never made homemade pita – and one glance at yours makes me believe it’s a whole lot better than the store bought ones I get! Love the herbs in it too, Cindy!

  21. This sounds great Cindy. Looks so easy to do, I’ll definitely give this a try. I love the flavors you added as well. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday, pinning/sharing.
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  22. Love the addition of the orange; it’s something I probably would never have thought of. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  23. Sneha datar says:

    Must try this version of pita bread, have it with mozzarella, grilled chicken and lots of salad leaves.

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