Tombik bread: Turkish pita bread recipe

pita bread recipe

We first came across the name in Austria. A delivery service offered "Gobit". It meant a Turkish pita bread filled with eggs. According to our research, this is actually a popular sandwich in Ankara.


Today, however, we would like to introduce you to our Turkish pita bread recipe, which you can of course fill however you like. Hand on heart, we really baked it to eat kebabs. In between, however, we have also prepared it simply with our shepherd's salad and homemade kebab sauce - pure indulgence! Because a filled good pita bread is almost unbeatable.


How to make our Turkish pita bread recipe

We have tried out various Turkish pita bread recipes and ultimately made sure that we didn't use too many ingredients. For example, we initially tried a pita bread recipe with dry yeast and yogurt. It tasted great, of course, but does it really need yoghurt? So we experimented a little.


Although... making your own Turkish pita bread wasn't that much of an experiment. We actually just kneaded a good yeast dough and saw if the pita breads would turn out just as good. Yes, they were. So we don't need yogurt to make Turkish pita bread ourselves - we've won.


The preparation of our Turkish pita bread recipe is therefore pretty simple. Knead the yeast dough, leave to rise, form flatbreads, put them in the super-hot oven and take them out after a few minutes. The result is perfect tombik bread. Because at the high temperatures in the oven, the pitas rise like a balloon. 


When you cut open the finished pita bread, you have a really nice bag in front of you that you can easily fill with all kinds of tasty treats. Of course, this is also practical for a cozy dinner. Because apart from the cooking time, our Turkish pita bread recipe is prepared in no time at all. You can simply place the finished pitas on the table and everyone can fill them as they please.


Turkish pita bread recipe

What is the Tombik bread filled with?

Good news: you can make our pita bread yourself and then fill it however you like. We serve the Turkish pita bread as a classic kebab, for example. Because the breads taste 1:1 like the ones from the kebab store. Another time, as mentioned above, we had the pita bread filled with shepherd's salad. You can also fill the pita breads with tuna salad, eggs, cheese, falafel or all kinds of greens and vegetables.


In Turkey, for example, it is common to eat bread simply with greens, herbs, lemon and salt. It tastes delicious and is quick to prepare. However, there is also nothing to stop you eating the pita bread for breakfast with a little butter. 


Tips for the perfect Turkish pita bread recipe

It's incredibly easy to make your own Turkish pita bread, but there's always the chance of something going wrong. The biggest "problem" would probably be that the pita bread doesn't puff up. They would still taste good, but you wouldn't be able to fill them - that wasn't the aim. So two quick tips on the way to our pita bread recipe.

  • Roll out the pita neither too thick nor too thin: If they are too thick, the tombik bread won't rise. If they are too thin, however, they can become dry. Find the middle - 1 centimeter by eye is ideal.
  • Preheat the oven: This point is really important. The oven should be preheated to the highest possible temperature. For us, this was 250 degrees C.

Tombik bread: Turkish pita bread recipe

Ingredients (5 pita breads)

  • 400 ml/little less than 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sachet dry yeast (or 1/2 yeast cube)
  • approx. 650 gram/5 cups flour
Turkish pita bread recipe


Step 1: Mix the water, sugar, salt, oil and yeast. Now slowly add the flour and knead into a smooth dough. The dough should not be too firm, but should not stick to your hands either. Add more flour if necessary. Knead the yeast dough thoroughly and leave it to rise, covered, for approx. 45 minutes.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to the highest setting (250 °C for us). Divide the dough into 5 dough pieces. Roll or press them out evenly. The flatbreads should be approx. 1 cm/less than 1 inch thick. Put them on a tray and straight into the preheated oven!

Step 3: Bake the pita breads for 6-8 minutes. Keep an eye on them and take them out in good time so that they don't burn. Leave them to cool briefly and then enjoy them warm.


To fill the pita breads, carefully cut into the balloon bread and then cut it in half. The inside is nice and hollow and can be filled generously.

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