Whole wheat Flour


Marya Afzal

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Every time I bake with whole wheat flour, my desert always becomes very dense and sometimes even tastes very flour-y. Sometimes the flour taste overpowers the whole desert and it just tastes gross. Does this happen to happen to anyone else because I really would like to bake with whole wheat flour. The only solution I have found is completely not baking with whole wheat flour and switching to oat flour which I don't really mind because I love oat flour but sometimes I want to follow recipes that use whole wheat flour.
 
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This is tricky! For flour tortillas we always use a mix of white flour and whole wheat flour, in the end I think more white flour is used, otherwise the tortillas will be too hard! I do the same with my carrot cakes. Baking with whole wheat flour is tricky :/
 

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I used to bake with whole wheat flour too and had the same issues! Like Trellum I had to do a mix of white and wheat. I didn't like how the wheat flour made my baked goods taste! You are right - the floury taste overwhelmed all the other ingredients! Yuck! I would think with the recipes that call for wheat flour you could sub the oat flour - I baked with almond flour for a while - but the lack of gluten would make everything flat and dense!
 

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This is tricky! For flour tortillas we always use a mix of white flour and whole wheat flour, in the end I think more white flour is used, otherwise the tortillas will be too hard! I do the same with my carrot cakes. Baking with whole wheat flour is tricky :/
Yeah I agree with you that you have to mix it with white flour, I wish I could bake with only whole wheat flour, because I don't even keep white flour at home
 

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I used to bake with whole wheat flour too and had the same issues! Like Trellum I had to do a mix of white and wheat. I didn't like how the wheat flour made my baked goods taste! You are right - the floury taste overwhelmed all the other ingredients! Yuck! I would think with the recipes that call for wheat flour you could sub the oat flour - I baked with almond flour for a while - but the lack of gluten would make everything flat and dense!
I think I might just try mixing whole wheat flour with oat flour and see how that turns out. I've never baked with almond flour but I would love to try baking with it. I've also been thinking about baking with coconut flour, we're gonna have to see how that turns out.
 

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Wheat flour is not as refined as white flour.

You might think of it in terms of "chunky" and "smooth".
The less refined a flour is, the more "chunky" it will be, and therefore be very dense when using in any recipe.
The more refined a flour is, the more "smooth" it will be, and you can make things that are light and airy.

I personally hate whole wheat anything. But I have to eat that now that Im older.

I would suggest using lighter flours with the wheat and experimenting with that.
I personally prefer potato flour as a filler or alternate.
 
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@ChesterV I have to confess I am no real fan but because I am older and hopefully wiser I use it. There is really nothing like the taste of regular flour but it is what it is. I notice the difference when I bake but sometimes I just do a half and half especially with banana bread. I have to say with scones I don't have a problem. They taste good with any flour.
 
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Whole wheat flour includes the bran and germ so they have a more complex taste and create a better texture than refined white flours. Check if you can add baking soda or something to improve recipe texture.
 

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