Pumpkin Pita Bread Recipe

by | Bread Muffins & Crackers

Pumpkin pita bread recipe is an elevated pita bread with fresh pumpkin and walnut oil. A spectacular dipping bread for all our favorite Autumn Eats, sandwiches, dips or tapas spreads!

pumpkin pita bread
Pumpkin Pita Bread

Pita Bread

We know that pita bread, as yummy as it may be, is really just flour and water, maybe a drizzle of olive oil to enrich the dough. 

Pita bread, in my home, is often the go-to bread for a tapas spread. It’s perfect for most any dip, particularly hummus, which is always on a tapas spread in my home. 

homemade pumpkin pita
Homemade Pumpkin Pita

Store bought pita bread, unless it’s from a a bakery, leaves much to be desired, and so many years ago, I took to making all my own pita bread. It’s so easy that I taught my children to make it, when they were in their early teens. 

Pumpkin

For those of you who have followed my kitchen and garden shenanigans over the years, you will remember the spring I decided to plant pumpkins. Hah! The best thing that came out of that experience was the Pumpkin Blossoms that I stuffed. 

As for the pumpkins, they helped themselves to my entire yard and yielded very little squash. Never again!

Autumn Pumpkins
Autumn Pumpkins

I have a renewed respect for the hard work and dedication of our local farmers and so when it is pumpkin harvest season, I run just as fast as I can to buy up a bunch of these gorgeous whimsical looking veggies we are all crazy about. 

Since pumpkins are a squash, therefore very gentle in flavor, they lend themselves to both sweet or savory dishes. 

When I bring home my autumn harvest of pumpkins, I quick roast them, extract all the pulp, puree it and divi up into 2-cup size bags and freeze them for the holiday season ahead. 

Pumpkin Pita Bread

What?? Who ever heard of Pumpkin Pita! Well, in my home, it is now an autumn ‘thing’ that revisits year after year. It makes for a beautiful dough that rises easily (about an hour). It gives the bread a beautiful autumn color and the taste is rich instead of bland. 

This year I took pumpkin, a step further (the whimsical kitchen witch in my kitchen made me do it), and made

Oh My Goodness the Pumpkin Hummus or Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus and pumpkin pita are a marriage for sure!

pumpkin pita & pumpkin hummus
Pumpkin Pita & Pumpkin Hummus

Since I usually drizzle a little olive oil in the pita dough, this year I tried walnut oil  with the pumpkin pita instead. That extra nutty flavor, along with the gentle flavor of the pumpkin makes for a bread you will want to eat all by itself. 

Walnut Oil

Walnut oil has a rich flavor that is perfect to drizzle on cold dishes. Its flavor is slightly sweet and definitely nutty. Walnut oil is not really suitable for frying or cooking over high heat. The flavor can become slightly bitter or it simply looses its nutty flavor.

 While most nut oils are not really suitable for cooking over high heat, I have found that using them in slow baked recipes, such as cookies, pie crusts or bread, retains the nutty flavor, therefore I use various types of nut oils often in my baking. 

Making Pumpkin Pita Bread

pumpkin pita ingredients
Pumpkin Pita Ingredients

If you browse through my blog, cookbook or have watched me cook in cooking shows on various networks, you will know that I often seek to make a variety of breads, crackers or other pastries. 

Making bread is so easy, any pre-teenager can be taught to do it. So… why not you! Like so many other types of baked items that simply need a ratio of wet to dry ingredients, bread is much the same, it just needs yeast to make it rise. 

In a bowl with pureed pumpkin, a drizzle of walnut oil, a little water and some yeast, you simply keep stirring in flour until the dough comes together and is no longer sticky. Let it rise about an hour, bake and there you have it!

risen pumpkin pita dough
Risen Pumpkin Pita Dough
baked pumpkin pita bread
Baked Pumpkin Pita Bread

Ingredients Needed

  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Walnut oil
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Coarse salt
shaped for baking
Shaped For Baking

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Basting brust
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife
  • Blender or immersion blender
  • Oven

Pumpkin Pita Bread Recipe

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread Muffins u0026amp; CrackersCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

12

servings

An elevated pita bread with fresh pumpkin and walnut oil for all our favorite Autumn Eats, sandwiches, dips or tapas spreads!


 

Ingredients

  • Yeast – 2 teaspoons

  • Sugar – 2 teaspoons

  • Salt – 1 tablespoon

  • Pumpkin puree – 1/2 cup

  • Walnut oil – 2 tablespoons, more for basting

  • Water – 1 1/4 cup

  • Flour – 4-5 cups, more to roll out

  • Coarse salt – 1 tablespoon

Directions

  • Pour water in a bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar on top. Let sit 5 minutes to form a foam. Sprinkle salt and add pumpkin and oil. Stir.
  • Slowly add flour and stir until it becomes difficult to stir. Now it’s time to get a little messy. With your hands, begin to press added flour into the dough, add more flour, and keep pressing and folding, adding flour until it forms a lovely plump ball.
  • In a clean bowl, pour a little oil to glaze the bowl. Place dough ball in the oiled bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm (not hot) place to rise. It will rise in about one hour. A little longer in cooler climate.
  • Once it rises, sprinkle a little flour on top, and punch it down. On a floured surface roll out the dough. Cut into 12 pieces and shape into flat/oval pieces about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Preheat oven to 400 – Once the strips are on the pan, brush lightly with oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, until golden on top.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Fresh herbs can be sprinkled on top of the pita bread after baking.
  • Pumpkin Bread freezes beautifully.
pumpkin pita bread
Pumpkin Pita Bread
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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