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    adopt a greyhound
    Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:40 pm Groupie
    Have a chance to buy them. What could I use them for? any recipes?
    Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:01 pm
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    All purpose flour is a mix of soft and hard wheat berries. The white wheat will grind up as white whole wheat, which might make it more acceptable if your family thinks it does not like whole wheat products. It probably will work fine in most recipes, and if you feel it's a bit soft in breads, add some vital wheat gluten.

    I don't grind my own wheat, but I think Donna has been doing so and I am sure she can add some helpful comments.
    Donna M.
    Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:47 pm
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    I do have a grain mill but I have only ground hard wheat in it. I really need to start grinding more and experimenting with all that is available.

    I am newly retired (2 weeks now) and I finally have the time to do whatever I want. I have been in a slump for the past year due to my mom's illness and subsequent passing last summer. I am now ready to move on and enjoy my hobbies again.

    I think your soft wheat would be awesome for cookies and quick breads, etc. If you are doing yeast breads, definitely do as duonyte said and boost it with some gluten. You might also like to try mixing it 50/50 with either AP or bread flour, depending on what you are baking. Let us know how it works out for you!
    Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:09 pm
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    Donna, congratulations on the retirement! I was just thinking today about how I wished I were closer to retirement, so I could do more of the things I love. I just decided not to run for reelection on a board I have served on for almost 30 years because I just don't have the energy any longer. Plus my yard is a mess, blah blah blah.

    In any event, have a wonderful new stage of your life!!!
    adopt a greyhound
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:19 am Groupie
    Thank you both for the information. I decided not to buy them this time but may in the future.
    I love to make breads more than cookies etc. so will keep all your knowledge for next time.

    Do enjoy your new retirement. I love being retired and doing whatever I enjoy.
    Thank you both.
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:50 am
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    Congrats, Donna. I envy you. I'm a couple of years away, God willing.

    About home grinding....

    I lgrind hard red wheat for bread, but I also grind some rye berries occasionally and I grind brown rice for using as a release agent on baskets or cloth.

    I wouldn't really use soft wheat if I purchased it except for the occassional biscuit. I might buy a small quantity, though.

    Donna M.
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:45 pm
    Forum Host
    I also grind some rye occasionally. I like to throw a handful of rice in to 'clean out' the innards just in case a bug has found its way inside if I haven't used my mill for awhile.

    I was a couple of years away from retirement too, but my company offered a buyout for long term employees aged 55 and older. Out of 160 people where I work, I was one of 6 who qualified. I thought I'd have to get another job but then I found out that I could draw widow's benefits on my ex's SS. It was enough to get by on, so now I get to play!
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:19 pm
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    adopt a greyhound wrote:
    Have a chance to buy them. What could I use them for? any recipes?

    This is a traditional Italian Easter dessert that I still make every year (which uses the wheat berries). However there is no reason to wait until Easter to make it. It is delicious any time of year. icon_wink.gif

    Maria's Easter (Wheat) Pie/"Pastiera di Grano"
    adopt a greyhound
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:54 pm Groupie
    Thanks Dee, I have saved it to try someday.
    Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:26 pm
    Forum Host
    Dee, that looks amazing! I am very tempted to try it.
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