Tag Archives: whole wheat

Mastering Gluten in Whole Wheat Baking

whole wheat dough resting on a countertop

Navigating the world of whole wheat can be rewarding yet tricky, especially when it comes to gluten. You want the whole grains, but not a dense loaf. Mastering gluten in whole wheat baking not only enhances the texture and rise of your bread but also taps into the wholesome goodness of whole grains. This post dives deep into the unique challenges and solutions for optimizing gluten formation in whole wheat flour, ensuring your loaves are as light and fluffy as they are nutritious.

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Whole Wheat Baking: Essential Tips for Lighter, Airier Loaves

Freshly baked whole wheat loaf on a pristine white kitchen countertop, showcasing a light and airy texture, perfect for a blog post on whole wheat baking tips.

If you’ve ever swapped all-purpose flour for whole wheat only to end up with a loaf that’s as heavy as a brick, you’re not alone. Whole wheat flour is notoriously challenging for its density. However, with the right techniques, whole wheat baking can yield loaves that are both nutritious and delightfully airy. This post dives into tips and tricks to lighten up your whole wheat bread, making your baking healthier without sacrificing texture.

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The Saturday 75% Wheat Bread

They say you can judge a really good restaurant by how well it does a really simple dish. A simple dish gives the cook no room to hide. If the restaurant can do a really good roast chicken or pizza margherita than you know you are probably in good hands. Maybe we can say the same thing about cookbooks? If they can teach an amateur to make something simple or make it look simple than you have found yourself a good cookbook. 

I feel that way about Ken Forkish’s Flour Water Salt Yeast. This is the cookbook I find myself reaching for most when I want a foolproof loaf ready for tonight’s or the next night’s (when I have my act together) dinner. These are not fancy or high concept breads, just simple, tasty, every day basics. If you can understand the concepts and follow the instructions for these loaves, you will not only make great bread but also have no problem with those fancy breads in other cookbooks. Continue Reading