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Approximating malted wheat flakes

bshuval's picture

Approximating malted wheat flakes

Hi all,

I have recently taken a liking to malt. I decided to try my hand at making a granary-style loaf. However, I don't have access to granary flour or malted wheat flakes. I can get wheat flakes, and I can get malt syrup, so I thought that maybe a combination of the two might be useful (perhaps toasting the wheat flakes and adding some malt?!). Since I have never tasted granary bread, I don't know what I am looking for... (Another option I've been thinking about is simply using coarsely ground caramel malt). 

So, if anyone can help in telling me how to approximated malted wheat flakes, I'd greatly appreciate it.


Chuck's picture

You can buy real malted wheat flakes from King Arthur Flour, then you won't have to approximate anything. (This item seems to periodically go "out of stock" at KAF, so get 'em when you can.)

The idea of a "malted flake" means sprout the grain, then smash the result (the actual process is much more refined than "smashing"  ...but you get the idea:-). The procedure of mixing "malt" with "wheat flakes" is very different. Whether or not it works in the loaf and has the right flavor depends very much on how much is used, whether it's a dough ingredient or a topping, and individual tastes.

bshuval's picture

Unfortunately, I cannot buy malted wheat flakes from KAF because they do not ship to my country... 

I know what malting is, and I also know what rolling grain is. I can (and have) malt my own grain, but I cannot roll it to flake. (I can coarsely grind it, though). I just want something easier (malting is a long process. It is much easier to buy malted grains and/or malt extract). 

The thing is, I have never tasted malted wheat flakes or granary bread, so I don't know what flavor profile I am trying to achieve!


leostrog's picture

You can buy in UK in this shop  - they  ship worldwide and there are wonderful shop for each bread baker.

You can't make malted flakes at home- you need malted dry wheat  grains that "explode" in special machine.