Right now, you are probably thinking that the birthday cake would taste like cardboard. What crazy person would make a whole wheat birthday cake?
I have to admit to not being the baker of the family. My husband bakes all of our bread (see: How To Bake Your Own Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day) and he found King Arthur Flour in Walmart.
He brought home a bag of flour called "White Whole Wheat" and started using it instead of all purpose flour. Both types of flour are made from wheat, but there is a big difference.
In case you didn't know, wheat is a grain from a grass that is full of nutrients. But, after milling it and bleaching it, the nutrients get taken out of the grain.
Whole wheat flour contains many more of the nutrients that get removed during milling. That is why it is called "whole' because it can contain the entire grain from the wheat.
White flour (all purpose) does not have the entire grain and it is therefore very light and fluffy. It makes great baked goods that don't contain the brown tannins from the wheat flour. But, the problem is it lacks nutrients and ends up a "junk" food.
What if you could have both white flour (fluffy) and the nutrients combined? The White Whole Wheat Flour has all the nutrients of the whole wheat berry, with a milder flavor and lighter color, and it is unbleached.
It does not have exactly the same nutritional profile has whole wheat flour. Whole wheat has 14% protein content, white whole wheat has 13%, and all purpose has 8-11% protein content.
The biggest difference I found between the all purpose and White Whole Wheat is the fiber content. All purpose flour has 0.8 grams dietary fiber per 1/4 cup versus white whole wheat at 3 grams per 1/4 cup! That is more than 3 times as much. Whole wheat flour has 4 grams of dietary fiber per 1/4 cup.
You will have to alter your recipes a little bit to accommodate the extra protein. For example in my overnight pancakes recipe (see: A Grab And Go Breakfast With Staying Power), the bakers at King Arthur suggested that I add 1 tablespoon more of milk to make the white whole wheat flour work.
King Arthur Flour is giving away a 5 pound bag of King Arthur's White Whole Wheat Flour and a one issue of their newsletter The Baking Sheet to a lucky Snack Girl reader.
Just comment in the space below about your homemade baked good that could benefit from White Whole Wheat flour.
This product was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.
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