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Big Brick House Bakery's picture
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Baking with freshly milled flour

I am a scratch baker, I purchase grains and use them in my bread recipes.  I have to make conversions from traditional flours to my fresh flour, has anyone else ran into this?  I have came up with several tricks, but always looking for more suggestions, along with other peoples creations with their fresh flour.

LLM777's picture
LLM777

I just substitute it and add more water to offset absorbtion.  Are there other things you do? I would love to hear them.


Hopefully, you'll get other comments.

Big Brick House Bakery's picture
Big Brick House...

I add Barley malt, and Ascorbic acid to each loaf, this helps with the texture and it also slows down the spoliage.  Those are the ingredients that use to be in "bread flour" in the store till they switched to chemical subs.


 

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xaipete

Some people soak their flour in water overnight. Others, including me, let the flour and water autolyse (rest) for 20 minutes after an initial mix of 1 or 2 minutes so that the flour has a chance to absorb the water.


--Pamela

Big Brick House Bakery's picture
Big Brick House...

I find some days because of the weather that I have more difficulty.  I wish I could get that figured out better.

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proth5

I tend to use my freshly ground flour just like any other flour.  I do work at 72-75% hydration with fresh ground as opposed to a more modest 65-68% (for lean doughs with levain preferments) if I am using all purpose flour, but other than that, I give it no special treatment.


I routinely use an 80-85% extraction flour - so it is not, strictly speaking, "whole wheat."


I've baked with flour fresh from the mill, 24 hours old, a week old, two weeks old and a month old.  They all were similar in baking performance - although taste varied quite a bit...


Hope this helps.

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mplsmegs

I've been thinking of buying a flour grinder, so this thread is rather intriguing to me.  When you say you use a 80-85% extraction flour, what do you mean?  Do you do the extraction yourself somehow?  Thanks.

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proth5

I mill in several passes and during the first few passes I sift out some of the bran/germ.


It's quite a process and you can read about it in detail on my blogs on these pages (just search on proth5 - I haven't posted a milling blog in a while)


bwraith has not posted here in awhile, but his old blogs contain a wealth of information.


Hope this helps

Big Brick House Bakery's picture
Big Brick House...

I have a stone mill and run it thru only once.  I just watch the temp so it doesn't burn up the nutrients and gluten.  The flavor is outstanding...