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100% Whole Wheat Pita Bread

These pitas are 100% whole grain, hearty, and delicious. They also freeze very well, so make a bunch, so you’ll have them on hand. To defrost, just stick them in your microwave on high for 30 seconds to one minute.
Course: Bread, Quick & Easy
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pita bread, vegan, whole grain
Servings: 6 pitas
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce water warm filtered (1 ¼ cups by volume)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package/1/4 oz)
  • 13.5 oz whole wheat pastry flour 3 cups by volume (also called whole white wheat flour)

Instructions

  • Add warm water to a clean bowl. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Sprinkle yeast over the top of the sugar water and lightly stir so that all the particles are wet. Don’t over-stir. It should become frothy within 3-10 minutes. If it doesn’t, the yeast is bad. Throw out your mixture and begin anew with fresh yeast.
  • Once the mixture is frothy, stir in salt. Next stir in the whole wheat pastry flour. With a large wooden spoon or a Danish dough whisk, stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured bread board or countertop and knead for 5 minutes, or until dough is somewhat elastic. It should be tacky but not sticky, nor should it be dry. If it is a little to sticky, knead in a little extra flour. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about thirty minutes.
  • Deflate the dough and divide into six pieces. To make them even sizes, weight the total dough and divide the weight by six. Cut the dough into even weights. If you don't mind that they are of unequal size, you can skip weighing them. I'm a stickler for uniformity so I always weight them.
  • Roll each piece into a ball, dusting with a little flour to prevent sticking.
  • Take each of the balls and flatten them into small discs Roll each disc into a larger disc about 5 inches in diameter. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, preheat grill.
  • After 15 minutes, carefully lift each disc and place it on the grill, taking care not to touch it. (A large grill will bake 3 to 4 pitas at a time.) Bake for 1 1/2 minutes, allowing the pita to rise in the middle. Turn and cook for another 1/2 to 2 minutes. Lift with a spatula and place on a cooling rack. Repeat process with remaining dough.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg