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Homemade Garlic Beer Pita Bread

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Do you remember when I told you that once I discovered that homemade corn tortillas where so good it made me realize that I didn’t actually hate corn tortillas, I just hated those sad cardboard disks they sell at the store?

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Pita bread is an even bigger revelation. It’s not as quick as those 10-minute homemade tortillas, but it’s so soft and addictingly amazing, it’s worth the time. It’s about 15 minutes of active time and another 45 to 60 minutes of rising time.  About an hour all in.  An hour well spent. Pita bread was the first yeast bread I ever made which helped me to conquer my fear of yeast and made me wonder what I was so scared of.

Homemade Garlic Beer Pita Bread

For this, and for most bread recipes, I like a wheat beer, especially an unfiltered wheat beer. The bready notes and the yeast in the beer give a great texture with a hint of beer on the back end.

So, what do you do with this beautiful bread once you’ve decided to make it? If you can resist eating it right out of the pan, it makes amazing wraps and sandwiches, but don’t be afraid to make mini pizzas or even large chicken tacos with this too. Or just eat it right out of the pan with some melted butter. And a cold beer.

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Homemade Garlic Beer Pita Bread


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add the flour, yeast and garlic powder. Mix until combined.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add the beer. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, test temperature with a cooking thermometer and repeat until temperature reaches between 120 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the beer to the stand mixer and mix on medium speed. Once most of the dough has been moistened, sprinkle with the salt while the mixer is still running.
  • Turn speed to high and beat until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, tightly wrap with plastic wrap. Allow to sit in a warm room until doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove from bowl and add to a lightly floured surface. Knead several times, cut into 8 equal sized pieces.
  • One at a time roll the dough into 6 inch circles.
  • Lightly oil a cast iron skillet and heat over high heat until very hot. Add one dough circle to the pan, cook until the underside has browned and the top starts to bubble, about 2 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the pita bread is cooked through. Adjust the heat if the pan becomes too hot and the bread burns too quickly.


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Leslie Moore April 12, 2013 um 9:30 am

Yum. These look great. I love all of your creative recipes!


Jackie April 12, 2013 um 1:24 pm

You’re so sweet, thank you Leslie!


Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies April 12, 2013 um 10:06 am

Pita bread is high on the list of breads I wish I could perfect at home. This recipe looks pretty perfect for me — I can’t wait to try it 🙂


Jackie April 12, 2013 um 1:25 pm

I love this one, but I think bread should be made with beer. It gives it amazing texture!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 12, 2013 um 10:57 am

This looks so perfect! I need to try it sometime soon as I love pita bread for sandwiches and haven’t had it in ages! Love your twist of course 🙂


Michelle Collins April 12, 2013 um 11:07 am

I’ve finally started experimenting with homemade bread lately, and have been looking for a good pita bread recipe. I think this will be the first one I try!


Happy Valley Chow April 12, 2013 um 1:09 pm

Everything is better with beer! Can’t wait to try these, they look and sound fantastic 🙂

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 12, 2013 um 1:35 pm

Look at how fluffy! This sounds so so good. Now you just need a beer hummus to mop up with it!


Bev @ Bev Cooks April 12, 2013 um 3:14 pm

I be havin' mercyyyyy.


Cassie | Bake Your Day April 12, 2013 um 4:34 pm

I love homemade pita bread…so much better than store-bought…and you added beer. Perfection. I love this!


Laurie {SimplyScratch} April 12, 2013 um 6:24 pm

These look so soft and chewy <3 I love love love homemade pita bread… adding beer is just plain S-M-A-R-T! I remember the first time I made pita bread I was so excited… and then it dropped into the dogs water. Lame.


Jackie April 13, 2013 um 10:13 am

How sad! Poor pita bread.


Averie @ Averie Cooks April 12, 2013 um 10:41 pm

Love how simple this looks….I have wanted to make pitas for awhile. Nice, easy, straightforward and fast yeast recipe!

And I have that bench scraper! I ordered it online and love it. And I have the marble board, too. Thanks for the tip!



Jackie April 13, 2013 um 10:14 am

I got it as a gift and I wasn’t sure I’d use and now I use it so much I tell people they have to go buy one.


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 13, 2013 um 2:30 pm

Store-bought pita bread is pretty much the worst thing ever. It’s dry, it’s bland, and just a complete abomination. I’m totally going to try this!


ashley – baker by nature April 13, 2013 um 8:27 pm

I LOVE homemade pita bread! And you went and involved garlic AND beer in the situation? I’m sold. I swear… you’re genius.


addie | culicurious April 14, 2013 um 10:54 am

Yum, these look awesome. I bet they make great sandwiches! 🙂


Rachel (teacher-chef) April 14, 2013 um 6:25 pm

This looks so delicious – for some reason I never would have thought to make my own pita; especially not in a cast iron pot…. so delicious!


Fae April 17, 2013 um 8:10 am

I made this last night and it was delish! Now if only the falafel recipe I made had been a fraction as good…


Hannah May 20, 2013 um 11:15 am

After trying at least 10 recipes for pita bread at home, you have done it. This is a great recipe, though I added about 1.5 cups of a Belgian to make a nice bread dough. Thanks for the inspiration. You rock!


Jackie May 20, 2013 um 11:42 am

I’m so glad! I love this recipe too, I use it sometimes for a quick one hour pizza dough.


Lori July 2, 2013 um 4:26 pm

Just finally made these for Greek burgers for supper tonight. Of course, we had to try them plain and then dipped in some hummus. SO good! My little’s are now begging me for more!


Jeff Wood January 5, 2016 um 5:23 pm

Thanks for the great recipe. I made this tonight and came off without a flaw although my first pita looked like Australia though. After a few more they were sort of close to the round shape we’re used to. Tasted great and used the Aussie one for an awesome Swiss mushroom burger. Thanks again for all of your work in creating beer related recipes. We here in the Western NY area have some great craft breweries for you to visit.


Christine January 16, 2016 um 10:19 am

I substitute 1/2 a cup of whole wheat flour. It gives them a really great texture and it is probably the bread I make most often. Goes great with a beer cheese dip.


Kelly May 25, 2017 um 2:57 pm

Can I use a regular pan if I don’t have cast iron?


Jackie May 30, 2017 um 9:55 am

Yes, you can


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