Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Essential Home-Ground Flour Book: Learn Complete Milling and Baking Techniques

The Essential Home-Ground Flour Book
Learn Complete Milling and Baking Techniques
Includes 100 Delicious Recipes
by Sue Becker
Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Yes. Yes I do. Mill my own flour, that is. When I was getting really into baking my own bread I made the leap to milling my own flour. It is incredible how different the taste is from store-bought.

I find store-bought whole wheat flour to be bitter and plain. Just ugh. I would add honey to the recipe to mask the taste a bit. Perk it up.

But with home milled whole wheat tastes like honey all by itself.

One of the reasons is that whole wheat flour at the grocery store is basically stripped white flour with the minimum of denatured germ and bran added back. Yum. Shelf stability at the cost of flavour and nutrition. 

And that is just one type of flour!

Pick this book up and you will have a whole range of flour ideas and recipes.

The instructions are clear and concise to give anyone the confidence to be a home miller.

Happy milling!

From the Back Flap:

 The many benefits of home flour milling include taste and flavor and the appeal of making a healthy food that tastes good and is seriously nutritious. Home ground flour milling can also save countless dollars just in the cost of bread alone, especially for those with special dietary needs and restrictions, and improved health leads to reduced medical costs.

This comprehensive how-to details the whole process behind home flour milling with features such as:

    The history of whole grains and grain anatomy
    Benefits of commercially milled flour vs home milled flour
    Tools and equipment for home flour milling
    Baking basics including mixing methods and techniques -- the importance of gluten and moisture
    Going with the grains -- a thorough description of grains such as barley, rye, kamut and buckwheat
    Nut flours such as almond
    Baking with freshly milled grains.

There are also 100 recipes for tasty quick breads, rolls and buns, muffins, pancakes, coffee cakes, biscuit and scones, cookies, brownies and pastries, plus others that are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

The Home Ground Flour Book is ideal for anyone who wants to create their own flours.