Helen’s Pizza & Pitta Dough

Helen's Pizza & Pitta Dough

This versatile recipe can be turned into a delicious pizza dough or pittas… it’s easy and fun to make! Thanks very much to Viva! podcast presenter Helen Wilson for this one! Check out her other recipes/news 🙂

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  • mains




  • 250g/2 cups strong white flour
  • 250g/2 cups plain white flour
  • 1 tsp fast action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt (slightly under if using sea salt)
  • 1 tsp sugar (brown is nice)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 350ml/1½ cups warm water
  • 2 large rectagular baking trays or 1 tray and 1 circular pizza tray, greased


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flours, yeast, salt and sugar.
  2. Combine the oil and warm water in a jug.
  3. Stir the liquid into the flour with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. When the dough starts to form, use your hands to bring it together.
  5. Flour your work surface and tip out the dough onto it.
  6. Knead for 5 mins until smooth and stretchy, adding more flour if necessary.
  7. Shape the dough into a round and lightly oil using your hands.
  8. Place back into a clean mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel.
  9. Put somewhere warm to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  10. Preheat your oven to 180°C (fan)/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare some pizza toppings. These can be as simple as tomato puree, chopped onions, mushrooms, peppers, olives and some grated vegan cheese.
  12. Once the dough has risen, ease it out onto a floured worktop and deflate slightly. Cut in half using a sharp knife or dough cutter. You can make either 2 pizzas or 1 pizza and a few pitta breads (or just a big pile of pitta!).

Pizza instructions

  1. Shape the dough into a circle and begin to stretch out with your hands. You can encourage the shaping further by lifting the dough up in both hands and working it around in the air. You can also use a rolling pin.
  2. Place the dough onto the tray and ease towards the edges.
  3. Add whatever toppings you have chosen. Either place in the oven at this stage, or set aside while you make the pittas.

Pitta instructions

  1. Flour your surface again and cut the second piece of dough into 6 equal sized pieces.
  2. Roll into balls, before rolling each out into an oval, pitta shape.
  3. Dust your large baking tray and then arrange the pittas on it.

Bake both pittas and pizza in the oven for 10-12 minutes. When you take pittas out of the oven, wrapping them directly in a clean tea towel keeps them soft. Enjoy the pizza with some leaves and homemade mayo or hummus.

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