It’s an old saying that pretty much everyone loves motherhood and apple pie, and I’d include myself in that list – particularly since there have been two back to back crop failures for the blueberry crop around our camp up north – otherwise as a good northern canadian lad I’d be endorsing motherhood and blueberry pie but definitely not turning down apple pie.
More realistically, in our home apple pie usually takes a back seat to apple crisp – which is so easy to throw together and is truly a great desert. But, Apple Kuchen also figures prominently among our favorite deserts because it’s a great desert in its own right and is almost as quick to prepare as apple crisp.
Partly devoured pan of whole barley base apple kuchen
For those who haven’t had it before it is an cake base topped with apples and a sugar and cinnamon topping. Since home ground whole grain flours are the principal ones that get used in our kitchen the base is usually whole barley or whole wheat – both of which work great and give more substance and flavour compared to white flours.
So next time you are looking for a great desert give Apple Kuchen a try.
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Sometimes it can be a challenge to get light and airy buns when baking with whole extraction whole wheat flour – but steaming makes it a breeze. These buns are the perfect thing to stuff with slow cooked pulled pork or other meat filling. Give them a try and you’ll be sure to add them to your baking repertoire on a regular basis.
Try to get the freshest whole wheat flour you can manage. Home ground is best but otherwise look for a supplier that can ensure the flour hasn’t been sitting around for a while. But, if you can pull off this recipe (and you can) you can build your own grain mill using these instructions.
Sourdough Whole Wheat Waffles – so incredibly light and good.
These waffles are incredibly light and oh so tasty, even when compared to other homemade waffles they are by far the best! You’ll love the full flavor that the whole wheat brings, and the acid in the not only adds a very mild tang to complement your sweet toppings but also provides the acidity to really foam the baking soda.
These are exceptionally simple to make – you just need to spend five minutes the night before making your sourdough levain. Really from a time standpoint it doesn’t require any more prep time – just a bit of forethought on your part.
Give them a go and I am sure that “Sourdough waffles in the morning” idea will be floating around your head before you turn in on a regular basis prompting the making of the levain the night before and the sweet dreams realized the next morning.
This loaf will blow your socks off it is awesome good. Yet like any other quick bread this is a breeze to whip up taking only moments worth of prep work. In addition to the whole grain it features an abundance of pumpkin – pumpkin is strangely in short supply in many loaves, that’s not the case here. As well, the sugar content isn’t as high as other loaves – and with the richness of the pumpkin and spice flavor you don’t miss the lesser amount of sugar. In my case I use my home canned pumpkin cubes which only need to be mashed up with a fork.
If you like pumpkin and do whole grain baking this is a recipe you need to try. I am sure it will become one of your favorites.
Waffles are decidedly the high class alternative to the pedestrian pancakes. Sure, they are slower to produce but they are a great treat for a breakfast or brunch.
Breakfast fixings, barley flour waffles, strawberries, bacon and maple syrup
While a variety of whole grain flours can be used to pull these healthy waffles together my favorite is unquestionably barley. There’s a sweetness to barley that plays perfectly in this recipe – and by that I mean you’ll be hard pressed to make enough to satisfy the crowd at your table.
You may be hard pressed to find barley flour in your local grocery store – it will probably take a trip to a specialty retailer if you don’t have your own grain mill. If that’s the case why not consider building a grain mill – it isn’t much more complex than the baking you are already doing, just in a different domain.
That said, like all whole grain products it will fill you up and keep you going – you won’t be getting hunger pangs mid-morning after a hearty breakfast where these are featured.
So oil up your waffle iron, get it heated up and get ready to wow with these whole barley flour waffles.
Ah summer… it’s the time that you least want to congregate in the kitchen – and that’s saying something considering I really like cooking. But come on, sun, sand, deck, bbq.. let’s try to save wear and tear on our kitchens and instead work on quick and easy recipes.
So my summer cooking and baking rules – especially for the cottage – Super Quick, Super Good and Super Simple.
This baked maple custard fits the bill in spades – and since it uses ingredients you should always have around it’s a great last minute desert option.
Once you’ve had homemade Graham Crackers you’ll have a hard time ever buying a box of commercial ones. Now, graham flour is just a particular coarseness of whole wheat flour so you’ll find the fine whole wheat flour you can grind on your own mill a perfect match with this recipe.
You’ll find loads of recipes for graham crackers that date to your grandmother’s time – and the resources she had in her kitchen. They take a few extra steps that you can bypass making the production of these graham crackers faster and easier.
Rolling graham crackers between silicon baking sheets speeds production
The key here is using silicon baking sheets. The old way of rolling out the dough called for mixing and then chilling the dough for a half hour. This hardens the butter which makes it less sticky when rolled out between the two sheets of parchment paper. But, silicon baking sheets are so much better that if you are using them you can skip the chilling step completely. Simply roll out the dough between two of the sheets and then peel of the upper sheet. At this point you can score the dough to lay out the cracker shapes, slide it onto a baking sheet and put it in the oven.
This recipe is enough to make about two dozen full graham crackers with a bunch of not quite full sized squared for crushing for use in pie crusts, and can be fitted on two baking sheets. I usually double this, but then I’m usually into mass production. That double recipe takes about a total of four sheets, which can be accomplished in two goes.
These whole wheat sugar cookies can be whipped up in a few minutes, no fuss no muss – and they are great cookies. The combination of the nutmeg with the nuttiness of the whole wheat flour makes for a great combination. In fact, because of this no-nut nuttiness flavor they add great variety to the school lunchbox – and I’m assuming that if you have kids their schools is likely a nut free zone too.
Junior Baker engaged in cookie fabrication!
Quick easy recipes like this are an awesome way to introduce the younger members of the family to the joys of cooking. Get them hooked on this and other skills and you’ll probably give them a better foundation for a happy life than those “nut free” schools.
Combined with letting the kids go from whole grain to whole grain flours on the home built grain mill – that they can take apart and adjust – to cookies that go into their lunches and get offered up to friends and family with pride is such a cool way to demystify food.
I think there is a general perception that crepes are difficult to prepare. Nothing could be further from the truth – they are far simpler to prepare than the pancakes we’ve already written about.
The reason for the misconception may be that they represents a bit of an indulgence when wrapped with a sweet filing – sliding closer to desert than dinner or breakfast. But, by using whole grain flour (provided it has been ground very finely) is a great way to improve the nutrition and taste of this awesome breakfast meal. shhh don’t let on that this wonderful breakfast is both easy and healthy.
In this case the crepes were paired with freshly prepared cherry sauce, but you can wrap them around pretty much any sweet filling.
Whole wheat crepes – tilting the pan to distribute the batter
If anything, the secret to getting good crepes is in the wrist, being able to tilt the frying pan or skillet to thinly distribute the batter. Hand in hand with that is the need for a good non-stick surface. It’s no secret that I am partial to my cast iron cookware – and my frying pan is a hand me down from my grandmother – cast in long defunct foundry that was located less than an hour away from my home. It has such a nice surface that the crepe will slide across the pan when the lower surface has cooked. The cast iron is also nice in that it holds the heat and cooks the crepe while off the burner with me tilting the pan. That said, the pan is heavy and the handle usually hot enough that I wrap the tea-towel that graces the handle of my oven around the handle of the pan to reduce the heat transfer. If your wrist isn’t up for the challenge a lighter non stick pan that you can manipulate may serve you better in this role.