Whole-wheat flour recipes can have all the allure of regular baked goods. We have the breads, scones, muffins, and cookies to prove it.
March 10, 2011
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Baking With Whole-Wheat Flour
When baking with whole-wheat flour, it’s important to not dive into a regular recipe and just replace regular flour with whole wheat. There are definite texture and flavor differences. It’s safe to replace half of all-purpose flour with whole-wheat in most recipes. For recipes that use more than 50% whole-wheat flour, it’s best to use a recipe that’s been developed and tested using the good stuff (fiber-rich whole-wheat flour).
In Fig, Date, and Walnut Quick Bread, equal parts of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour serve as the base, and potassium- and fiber-rich dried figs and dates offer moisture and even more nutritional punch.
These muffins don't stop with whole-wheat flour. With four whole grains and three dried fruits, these muffins are a great way to get a variety of antioxidants and fiber. Wheat germ is a good source of vitamin E. Look for untoasted wheat germ in the organic food section of the supermarket. Adding boiling water to the batter and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes before baking allows the hearty oats, wheat germ, and bran to soak up the liquid for a more tender muffin.
Pitas are a favorite lunchtime go-to for kids. This time, don't go for the preservative-packed variety. Make your own whole-wheat version and reap the benefits. Whether you fill, dip, or spread, the pita possiblities are endless. A pizza stone yields puffier bread. If you don't have one, use the back of a heavy jelly roll pan to bake these. After it has risen, you can keep the dough refrigerated for three days.
The whole-wheat flour—not to mention dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal, and wheat bran—contribute plenty of fiber to each Morning Glory Muffin. Substitute apricots or raisins for chopped pitted dates in this recipe if you like. Complete your breakfast with fat-free yogurt and fruit.
This is a Reader Recipe Desserts Category Finalist that packs in the good stuff with loads of flavor to boot. "Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants." said recipe developer Linda Rogers of Manistee, Michigan.
For those concerned about losing flavor when baking with whole-wheat flour, rest assured. Brown sugar sweetens the filling of this breakfast treat, and powdered sugar dissolves into a milky glaze that's drizzled over the top. Your mind might think you have something to feel guilty about after indulging in one of these.
A whole-wheat flour makeover gives this international recipe a healthful spin. Typical north Indian flatbread, chapati is traditionally made with just two ingredients flour and water. Its plain flavor complements spicy Indian dishes.
No more dry, dense whole wheat pancakes. In fact, many of our online reviewers have called these fluffy, flavorful pancakes the best they've ever tasted. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a 200º oven while preparing remaining pancakes, then serve them with heated maple syrup.
"I remember eating chocolate-filled croissants around the holidays as a child," said reader Christina Erickson. "I decided to create something that has the best of all worlds: easy to make, whole wheat, soft dough, and, most importantly, chocolate. I like to chill the chocolate before shaping the buns so it doesn't melt while I'm working with it."
Whole-wheat flour, oats, bran flakes, and wheat germ make this bread dense and full flavored. The recipe makes two loaves, so freeze one to enjoy later. Wrap in plastic wrap then aluminum foil, and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
The whole-wheat flour and cornmeal added to these hearty biscuits contribute to your daily whole-grain intake. Measure the cornmeal as you would flour, lightly spooning into a measuring cup, to prevent a dry, tough biscuit. We achieved the best results baking one sheet of biscuits at a time. Skip the seed topping for a simpler breakfast biscuit.
"I am continually looking for ways to incorporate more omega-3s and whole wheat into my diet," said reader and recipe developer Melissa Hinrichs. "Making yeast breads has always been an important tradition in my family, and I enjoy working with more nutrient-rich ingredients for this part of our meal."