Friday, July 9, 2010

cooking with flour

I've jumped into the Good to the Grain cookbook. I had previously tried the Oatmeal Pancakes and I fell in LOVE with them which is what led me to check out the book from the library.

I like this book b/c it breaks down several different types of flours. She explains what each tastes like and what it will bring to the recipes. Some of them are even gluten free.

She writes a chapter using her own multi-grain flour mix. It's a mix of 5 flours, whole wheat, oat, barley, millet and rye. With this mix you can make waffles, pancakes and baguettes. You can even sub out this mix in other recipes. I think waffles and pancakes are the most forgiving.

Fortunately for us, we live near Bob's Red Mill. The kids and I ventured out there yesterday to walk around, have lunch and pick up our special flours. It was a blast. It's painted red (duh!) and has a great little wooded area and water wheel spinning out front. The girls got a huge kick out of it. After our lunch they got tokens for free cookies. I almost forgot to buy our flour we were having so much fun.

Here's her mix:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour*
1 cup barley flour
1/2 cup millet (gluten-free)
1/2 cup rye flour

*You can grind your own in your food processor using whole oats. I got a gigantic bag from Azure (their site is down right now so i can't link) that I've been grinding like crazy. This also goes into the oatmeal pancakes so it's nice to have some already ground.

It's all about having fun with cooking.


Ashley N said...

Kate-I just saw your comment on my sewing post. Shoot me an email...I'd love to talk to you about making some dresses for your girls. (

You're so talented in the would never even occur to me to make my own flour mix!