Wholemeal Pitta Bread

Olive Oil Is Healthiest Substitute For Butter When Baking Tasty Fresh Breads

Updated July 28th 2022

People have been making bread for centuries, and have countless different oils to choose from, but the benefits of extra virgin olive oil in making bread are huge. First of all, it is a healthy fat that can help to improve cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease. In addition, extra virgin olive oil has a unique flavor that can really elevate a simple loaf of bread. And lastly, it can help to keep bread moist and prevent it from drying out. So if you’re looking for a delicious and healthy way to make fresh bread, be sure to give extra virgin olive oil a try.

Olive Oil Is Perfect Substitute For Butter In Baking Bread

Extra virgin olive oil is a great substitute for butter in baking bread. Not only is it heart healthy, but it also gives the bread a richer flavor. When substituting olive oil for butter, use a 1:1 ratio. So, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use 1 cup of olive oil. extra virgin olive oil is also a great fat substitute in recipes that call for shortening or margarine.

Pitta Bread With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Possibly one of the hardest working guests at a Meze Feast,  a freshly made, quality pitta bread is so great for dipping in to whatever you fancy.  This simple pitta bread recipe from honeyandspice works especially well with a pizza stone. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a quick and tasty snack without feeling guilty. This easy pitta bread recipe is made with wholemeal flour and extra virgin olive oil. Not only is this version healthier than store bought pitta bread, but it also tastes delicious! So give it a try next time you’re in the mood for something savoury and satisfying.

Flavours from the Middle East continue to grow in popularity around the globe and what better time to infuse your Tahini or Harissa with an extra virgin olive oil of supreme quality than now?  The nights are getting colder and darker and the flavours of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria are a perfect way to warm up from the inside. 

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Easy Homemade Pitta Bread Recipe


  • 1/2 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
  • 150ml warm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 125g plain flour
  • 125g wholemeal flour


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the yeast and water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes or until frothy. Then add the extra virgin olive oil and salt and stir to mix.
  2. Pour the flours into the stand mixer bowl. With the dough hook attachment, beat the mix until it forms a dough. Continue to knead at low-medium speed for 10 minutes.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and pop into a warm spot for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Alternatively, you could do a cold-prove overnight in the refrigerator. If doing a cold rise, allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 1 hour before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6 with a pizza stone set on the floor of the oven (or on the lowest rack).
  5. Punch the dough down and divide into 6 to 8 pieces. Allow the dough to rest under a damp tea towel at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness (you don't want them too thick or too thin) and cover with a damp tea towel. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
  7. Place the shaped dough onto the pizza stone and allow the bread to puff up like a balloon, about 3 to 5 minutes, then immediately transfer onto a cooling rack. Place a tea towel directly over the pitta bread and carefully squish out the air. Serve warm with Mediterranean dips or as an alternative to sliced bread. Enjoy!
  8. Cook's note: You may need to add a little more/less water to the dough, depening on the age of your flours. You can also make this recipe by kneading the dough by hand.
  9. Prep:25min › Cook:3min › Extra time:1hr15min proofing › Ready in:1hr43min

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