The main difference between bread flour and all-purpose flour is a matter of protein. Bread flour, which comes in white and whole wheat varieties, has a higher protein content than all-purpose, usually 14%. This variation is wholemeal. Whole wheat or wholemeal flour is wheat flour that includes the bran and germ. Because it is milled from the whole grain, it retains its natural nutrients, the most of which are found in the germ and the bran, making it higher in fibre and nuttier in taste than white flour.
Things to keep in mind when using wholemeal:
- Wholemeal grains and flours absorb more moisture than their white counterparts, for this reason you must consider the moisture levels of the recipe you are making. You will need more water for whole wheat flour compared with white flour.
- When baking with whole-wheat flour, it’s important to not dive into a regular recipe and just replace regular flour with whole wheat. There are definite texture and flavor differences. The more whole wheat flour the denser the loaf will be.
- To increase lightness of baked goods, it is not uncommon to mix this flour with white plain flour or white spelt flour. It’s safe to replace half of all-purpose flour with whole-wheat in most recipes.
- For recipes that use more than 50% whole-wheat flour, it’s best to use a recipe that’s been developed and tested using the good stuff (fiber-rich whole-wheat flour).
- Bread rolls
- Multi-grain Loaves
- Wholemeal Chapati
Ingredients: Fortified Wholemeal Flour (Vit A, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Zinc and Iron), Ascorbic Acid
Storage: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. 6 months shelf life or longer in freezer
Maisha Flour Mills Ltd. started as a small family business in 1993 with only a handful of staff and vehicles, having taken over a mill which had been closed for some time. Over time the company has evolved from a humble family business into a professionally managed organization that is highly respected in its field of operation, but still upholds family values. The mill is located approximately 160 km from Nairobi, in Kiganjo, Nyeri District within the beautiful and celebrated Mt. Kenya region. Maisha Flour Mills Ltd prides in its use of the best machinery and the choicest wheat varieties to produce the best flours.