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Jan 8, 2007 04:16 PM

How to use up whole wheat flour?

I have a bag, and don't know how to use it. I'm tempted to throw it away. I know (from experience), if I use too much of it in any sort of baked goods I end up with bricks.

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  1. If you have Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook make her Wheatmeal Shortbread. It is incredible!

    Or make Cook's Illustrated's Multi-grain Bread. It is great too.

    1. How many pounds do you have, just wondering whether it's a huge amount? I use whole wheat flour all the time. When trying a new recipe, I substitute 1/2 the amount of white all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, it's been working for me. So with the half-half flour mix you could make pancakes, muffins, cakes, bread, pie crust, etc., etc.
      For myself, I start out with 1/2 then try to increase as much as possible (that is as long as it works with the recipe) the whole grain portion of flour.
      The King Arthur Whole Grain Baking cookbook is great, too!

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      1. re: morebubbles

        I think it's a standard 5 lb bag, purchased for a recipe that probably took 1/2 a cup's worth.

        1. re: sasha1

          You may want to store that bag in the freezer if you don't think you'll be using it up in a couple of months. Whole grain flour 'turns' more quickly than refined flour. I encourage you to give it a chance, there's lots of delicious recipes using whole wheat flour. I prefer the flavor whole grains give.
          Check out this pancake recipe given by opinionatedchef, it's good:

      2. Check out King Arthur Flour's new Whole Grain Baking Book. It's got great recipes for whole wheat flour that don't end up like bricks. They've got several whole-wheat recipes on their web site:

        And I've made the Bittman/Lahey No-Knead Bread with white and whole wheat (about a third) - it's nice.

        Enjoy your whole wheat flour! (And next time, try whole wheat pastry flour - it's "fluffier" and easier to substitute in most white-flour recipes.



        1. great for pancakes
          i also add in rolled oats

          1. I usually replace half the white flower in oatmeal cookies with whole wheat flour -- I love the way the cookies turn out. Works ok for most cookies, but tastes best in the oatmeal.

            It doesn't use up much at a time, but when we're rolling out pizza dough (usually the pre-made stuff from Trader Joes), I use the whole wheat flour -- gives a little extra texture.