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The cool thing about the holidays is that it gives us all– no matter what your age, gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation– a unique opportunity to come together and
Now, I for one, think we should great this situation head on.
In such a spirit as this, I wanted to give something a try…
Something the Little Red Hen would be very proud of me for.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Hard Red Wheat Berries, any amount
(or any berry, rice or other grain you desire, keeping in mind that a berry is what little wheat seeds are called)
You will yield approximately 1.3x of what you put in.
One cup of wheat berries should yield anywhere from one and a third to one and a half cups of flour.
Fresh flour will spoil if not kept in cool, dark place.
You may want to blend only as much as you need at a time or blend in bulk and freeze or refrigerate the flour.
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Place the berries in a food processor, blender or coffee grinder (cleaned out first of course, ya sicko) and blend at high power for 30 second increments until it appears to be mostly powder.
* I started blending in my Ninja and ended up using the coffee grinder sort of as a joke because I couldn’t get the bulk of the berries to break down into flour. Jokes on me. That coffee grinder ground that ish GOOD.
2. Sift the flour thoroughly and continue to blend the leftovers until it is all ground to powder.
3. Fresh flour acts much differently than the kind of flour you buy at the store, so practice with it a bit before you go showing off to all your friends.
I baked these rolls with exactly the same recipe (except for the different types of flour, obvi.) and bake temp/time.
I found that besides the obvious change in color (homemade flour is not bleached and processed) the homemade flour came out more dense.
Next time I might swap out the oil in the recipe for applesauce to add moisture and throw in an extra teaspoon or so of honey to add some sweetness.
The more honey the better anyway, but that’s just my preference when it comes to rolls/life.
What’s your favorite goodie to bake?
Until next week, cheers!