As a doctor, I’m constantly being asked whether you can eat bread without gaining weight. The evidence suggests that you can maintain a healthy weight by limiting your energy intake, whether your diet’s low-carb, low-fat, or has a balanced limitation of calories. There’s no evidence that limiting calories from carbohydrates (like bread) is better than limiting it in fat or anywhere else. I bake and eat lots of bread, and I don’t gain weight, even though I spend lots of time testing bread recipes for our books and website. There’s some evidence that whole grain breads, like this 100% Whole Wheat Pita with Honey, are a better choice than refined white breads.
So I’ve been following Michelle Obama’s initiative to tackle childhood obesity: LetsMove.gov. I keep hoping she’ll answer my e-mail about getting kids to bake the whole-grain breads for their families. I may have to keep waiting on that one. About this recipe…
The dough for this pita is from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, basically a variation on our Whole Grain Master. Just omit the white flour, and increase the whole wheat to 7 cups (2 pounds/910 grams). Decrease the water to 3 1/4 cups, and add 1/2 cup honey with the liquid ingredients. As I show in the video, use a rolling pin and a dough scraper to get the dough thin (1/8-inch thick).
Because of the honey in this dough, it needs gentle heat– play with the grill controls to preheat a half-inch thick stone to 350 degrees F (that will take about a half hour). I light all available burners under the stone. If you go hotter, the honey in the dough will cause scorching. Rolling to about 1/8-inch thick, the pita took about 12 minutes to bake, seven on the first side, then flipping to the second. I use a gas grill pretty similar to the Weber Spirit E-210 (my model isn’t made anymore). It’s tough to re-create these results with charcoal, but I know that some of you have been experimenting with it.
No excuse to quit baking bread in the summertime. Some other ideas we’ve posted on:
Grilled pizza: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=237
Pumpernickel done on the grill: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=245
Rustic fruit tart on the gas grill: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=267
Brioche on a grill: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=294
Bread on a Coleman stove while camping: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=318
Kohlrabi Greens Pizza right on the grates: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=846
Fruit pizza on the grill baked with the stone: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=248
Grilled flatbread, workhorse summer bread: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=768
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