Q: I've come across numerous recipes over the years for different types of bread. Some have asked for bread flour and I've always substituted all-purpose. What's the difference between the two? Is using AP flour in place of bread flour causing my bread to be heavy and dense?
This past weekend I joined my family for a lazy afternoon in the park. The sun was blazing, we rode our bikes, and a water fight ensued, which we followed up with some serious napping. When we woke up to a subtle, perfect breeze, we dove into this tofu "egg" salad with gusto.
Q: I bought some whole wheat flour hoping to be more healthy in my baking. But most recipes I've found recommend whole wheat pastry flour to prevent baked goods from being too dense. What can I make with my non-pastry flour!?
Q: I'm just getting into baking, and while I know I need to invest in a scale, I'm not there yet. When a recipe calls for 1 cup of sifted flour, do you sift and then measure out 1 cup or do you take a cup of flour and then sift it? Thanks!
Kim Boyce of Good to the Grain (and the best laugh ever) says that if you're new to whole-grain flours and have to pick just one, go with spelt flour. Hear hear! This sweet, mild-flavored flour has become a favorite over the past few years for making everything from sandwich bread to pie crust.
Q: I recently purchased a bag of 100% Whole Grain Organic Sorghum Flour from the local farmers' market, and have had a hard time finding recipes online that call for sorghum flour. Those that I have found also call for many other ingredients and special flours. Any suggestions for some fairly simple recipes that call for sorghum flour?
Q: I bought a bag of Organic Ezekiel flour at my local health food store - it contains wheat, rye, barley, millet, lentils, and soybeans. I have tried adding in a cup of this flour when I make bread or buns but it seems to be lacking gluten (I think) because the bread and rolls don't rise up, they just puff out to the side. How can I use this flour?
A year ago we weren't sure if grain mills were good investments or not. But after reading a recent LA Times article about the joys of grinding whole-grain flours at home, we're itching to get our hands on a grinder and find out if freshly milled flour is as easy and tasty as it sounds.