If you’re a home baker in Australia using your own grain mill, utilising freshly milled flour in your recipes can give your baked goods a new level of flavour and nutrition. There are endless tasty recipes that can be created with freshly milled flour, from good old Aussie damper to ANZAC biscuits. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for you below.
Damper bread is a traditional Australian bread that is often made with just flour, water, and salt. To make damper bread with freshly milled flour:
- Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 3/4 cup of water in a bowl
- Knead the dough briefly, then shape it into a round loaf and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake the damper at 220°C for around 25-30 minutes, or until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped
- Serve the damper warm with your choice of spread. We love it with butter and honey.
Oats, coconut, and golden syrup are the main ingredients in the well loved traditional Australian cookie known as the ANZAC biscuit.
- Preheat the oven to 150°C and line with baking paper
- In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of coconut, 1 cup of freshly milled flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of melted butter
- In a separate small saucepan, bring 1 tablespoon of golden syrup and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a boil
- Then add the syrup mixture to the oats mixture and stir to combine
- Drop the dough by spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.
One of Australia’s most beloved sweet treats, lamingtons are layers of sponge cake sandwiched between chocolate and coconut.
- Start by making a basic sponge cake using 3 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of freshly milled flour, and 1/4 cup of milk
- Beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale, then gently fold in the flour and milk
- Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×9-inch baking pan and bake at 180°C (350°F) for 20-25 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown
- Use a toothpick inserted into the center and if it comes out clean it’s ready
- Once the cake has cooled, cut it into small squares and set them aside
- In a small saucepan, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons of butter
- Dip each square of cake into the chocolate mixture, then roll it in a bowl of coconut to coat
- Place the lamingtons on a wire rack to set, then serve them chilled or at room temperature.
Whole Grain Scones
Australian bakeries can’t function without scones, and using freshly milled flour elevates their flavour to new heights.
- preheat your oven to 220°C and line with baking paper
- In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of freshly milled flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 cup of cold butter
- Use your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
- Stir in 1 cup of milk and mix until a sticky dough forms
- Drop the dough by the spoonful onto the baking paper and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown
- There’s nothing better than serving your scones warm with butter and jam. For those of us who can’t help ourselves use a little whipped cream as well.
Whole Grain Bread
Using freshly milled flour to bake bread can add some time to the process, but the end product is well worth it.
- Start by mixing together 3 cups of freshly milled flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast in a large bowl
- Add 1 1/2 cups of warm water and mix until a sticky dough forms
- Knead the dough for 10-15 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel, and set it aside to rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size
- Once the dough has risen, punch it down and shape it into a loaf
- Place the loaf in a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan and set it aside to rise again
- When the dough has risen to the top of the pan, bake it at 180°C for 45-50 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped
- Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing and serving.
So, as you can see, freshly milled flour may be used in a wide variety of tasty dishes. A grain mill can be useful for making both sweet and savoury baked goods. So, why not give these recipes a shot and see for yourself how much better freshly milled wheat can make your food.