Is This Healthy Bread Fad Worth The Effort?

Using house-milled wheat flour that costs $1.40 per pound (as opposed to the 20 cents/lb for normal “white” flour), and has shelf life of just about a week, may seem like an unnecessary complication for something as basic and beloved as bread. But several bakeries and restaurants around the country are making the shift to doing just that.

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When did 11th century baking become the new hotness? What’s next, retting home-grown flax to make linen?

It’s healthy as long as it doesn’t have gluten. Because if I’ve learned one thing about food, it’s that gluten is evil and bad for everyone. Also, if it’s not organic, then what’s the point? Non-GMO, organic, gluten free, whole grain bread is all I eat.  You don’t eat lactose free bread? You might as well poison yourself with cyanide right now.

A New Baker’s Guide to Choosing the Right Kind of Flour

Flour is one of those seemingly simple ingredients that, upon closer inspection, can be downright mystifying. This harmless looking powder has much more going on that you would think, and even though it’s in almost every recipe, it can be hard to know which variety to buy for the best pastries, breads, and cakes. Let’s examine this veritable bouquet, starting with the basics.

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Things absolutely worth noting to new bakers as well:

  • Make sure your oven is level
  • Get a probe thermometer in there for accurate temperatures. 328 isn’t the same as 325.
  • Get some good pans, and stock up on parchment paper. Nice light pans = nice, light cookies. Crisped up on the bottom, they’ll actually look golden instead of… cajun?
  • Anything will continue to cook in the pan that it’s in when you take it out of the oven.
  • Don’t leave it on the stove top after you take it out. Some ranges have the heat from the oven blowing out there. Put it on a cooling rack in a different room if you can.
  • Wilton and Michael’s are your best friends. Regular 40% off single item coupons. First thing I bought? Icing spatula. Changed my life and made smoothing chocolate for peppermint bark so much simpler.