How to Make Sprouted Flour at Home
Hi Sweet Friends,
I like to make sprouted flour at home because baking with it is so easy. If we want to make sure that the nutrients in our baked goods are released and easily absorbable by our gut, then we have two options. One is to sour our flour, such as in making sourdough, which is a great option for chewy artisan style breads.
Now before you say…but Mary, you can make any baked good with a sourdough starter… Yes, that is true but you have to allow for the rise time plus that touch (or more!) of the sour taste may not be 100% to everyone’s liking. And besides, sometimes you just want to make a quick bread…and you want it to be quick! 😉
So what is the other option?
The other option is to soak our flour before baking with it, which is usually done for making quick breads, muffins, etc. But is this really the best option? Personally, I’m not a fan of it. There is a real problem when it comes to soaking flour to make quick breads, muffins, etc.
So what is the problem with soaking?
The problem with soaking flour is that you can’t just wake up one morning and say, “I’m going to bake a cake”. You have to plan in advance and soak your flour for 8-12 hours at room temperature in an acidulated liquid such water mixed with vinegar, lemon juice, whey, buttermilk, etc.
And then there’s another problem…
Soaked flour—in my humble opinion—can create an end product that is denser than I like. The reason is that you have to mix in the additional ingredients, such as eggs, after the flour has been soaking. All this additional stirring can make a quick bread or muffin dense.
So what’s the solution?
So what can a whole-grain home baker do? You can sprout grain at home and make your own sprouted flour. And it’s easier than you think. There is very little work involved on the part of the home baker. Most of the process is passive time. Then once you have a nice bag of sprouted flour waiting for you in your kitchen, you can wake up any day and say…”I think I’ll bake some muffins.” And I assure you—they will be light and fluffy!
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How to Make Sprouted Flour at Home
- 2 cups Wheat Berries
- 1 Filtered water chlorine free
- Place wheat berries in a bowl and cover with filtered water. Leave to soak for approximately 12 hours.
- Drain wheat berries and spread them out in a colander and place the colander over a bowl.
- Cover bowl loosely with a thin dish towel and place bowl in an undisturbed warm place in your kitchen for approximately 12 hours. On top of a refrigerator, in a pantry, or in a cabinet works well. In the warmer summer months, simply leaving the bowl on your countertop should be sufficient. You are looking for an average temperature of approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After 12 hours, rinse the wheat berries in the colander with filtered water. Re-cover bowl and leave in a warm place, undisturbed for another 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, check wheat berries. They may have sprouted. If not, rinse them again with filtered water, and place them back over the bowl. Re-cover the bowl and leave in a warm place undisturbed for another 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, the wheat berries should have now sprouted. If not, you can rinse them again and continue the 12-hour cycle of rinsing and resting for up to 5 days. If the wheat berries do not sprout after 5 days, it is unlikely they will sprout. They are not fresh. You will need to discard them.
- Once the wheat berries have sprouted, it is now time to dry them. You can dry them by spreading them on a non-stick sheet in a dehydrator set at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Or you can dry them on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a cool oven set at the lowest possible setting. This may be between 150 degrees Fahrenheit and 200 degrees Fahrenheit depending on your particular oven's settings.
- In a dehydrator, the wheat berries will take from 12-24 hours to dry thoroughly. In a cool oven, the wheat berries will take 8-12 hours to dry thoroughly. A simple test to tell is if the wheat berries are dry is to feel them. If they feel dry, they are done. If you are not sure, then continue to dry them for 1-2 hours longer. The more precise way to determine if your wheat berries are dry is to weigh them (using a food scale) before you soak and sprout them and then weigh them again when you think they are dry. They should weigh the same.
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