As part of eating healthier and adding more whole grains and whole wheat flours to my diet , I have been doing a lot of baking with whole wheat flour. I've found lots of great recipes that use WW flour, and I've been experimenting a lot with substituting it for white flour in recipes that I already use and love. Today, I'm sharing with you my new favourite whole wheat biscuit recipe, plus how I substitute whole wheat flour for white flour in my baking.
I personally like the nuttier, more flavourful taste of whole wheat flour for almost everything. You certainly do get used to it more and more as you use it, and you could consider using a mixture of half white flour and half whole wheat flour in your baking if you're not used to the taste and texture.
I usually just use 100% whole wheat flour in my recipes now. The only things I don't bake with WW flour are cinnamon buns and pies - those things need a more delicate flour in my opinion.
For everything else, however, whether it be buns, biscuits, bread and even cookies - I use whole wheat flour.
I find that the type of whole wheat flour that you buy determines how you can substitute it for white flour, but the fluffy, fine whole wheat flour I buy in a massive bag at Costco seems to easily be used 1:1 instead of white flour. I can use a cup of whole wheat flour instead of white flour in almost all of my recipes.
One trick that I'd like to add is that I'll often throw in a splash of lemon juice into my bread and bun recipes when using whole wheat flour. It really seems to lighten the dough.
If you are using a heavier, denser whole wheat flour, you may have to experiment with your substitutions. Try using ¾ cups of whole wheat flour per 1 cup of white flour. Or add in a little more liquid to take away some of the density.
I like to make these oatmeal cookies with 100% whole wheat flour. They're actually really good and satisfying as a healthy-ish snack!
Another of my new favourite whole wheat baking recipes are these whole wheat biscuits I found from 100 Days of Real Food. They're so easy to make, and they even freeze well!
They're super-duper yummy with a bowl of homemade slow cooker stew, or as a snack.
Tell me: do you like baking with whole wheat flour? What are your favourite recipes?