Toasted flour enhances the flavor of many sweet and savory dishes. Add some excitement to your meals with our handy and easy-to-follow guide.
Toasted flour is one of those magical ingredients that adds pizzaz, taste and texture to any number of recipes. It’s also exactly what it purports to be — flour that has been toasted or cooked. Toasted flour has a nutty flavor and silky, soft texture. You can swap it in place of traditional flour in baked goods, pasta and pizza dishes and use it to thicken sauces.
You can toast many types of flour with delicious results, including all-purpose, whole-wheat, whole-grain and gluten-free varieties. All you are doing — with all of these options — is removing the raw taste.
5 Reasons To Try Toasted Flour
The advantages of toasted flour include:
- Possible benefits to your health, as raw flour carries a slight possibility of pathogens such as E.coli. Toasting heats the flour and removes bacteria. You should avoid eating raw cookie dough for this reason.
- A nutty, more complex flavor, adding depth to your dishes.
- A velvety smooth texture.
- Appearance: toasting flour gives it a dark, caramel-colored finish.
- Simplicity: it takes very little time to incorporate toasted flour into your recipe.
How to Toast Flour
The below methods provide excellent results and illustrate how easy and versatile it is to use toasted flour. Keep in mind that the longer you toast flour, the darker its appearance and more pronounced its flavor.
On the stove:
Add 1 cup of flour to a large, dry pan, and shake gently to even the flour out. Place the pan on a stove over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, move the flour around the pan constantly for 5-6 minutes. Keep it on the heat for 2-3 minutes more for darker flour.
In the microwave:
Spread 1 cup of flour evenly over the surface of a large plate or other microwave-safe vessel. Cook for 30 seconds, then carefully remove from the microwave and stir the flour around with a fork. Repeat these steps, mixing and cooking in 30-second bursts for up to 5 minutes or when the flour reaches 165°F. Allow the flour to cool.
In the oven:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Evenly distribute 2 cups of flour on a large lined baking sheet or tray. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes, then allow the flour to cool. You can also toast flour in a toaster oven — use 1 cup of flour to accommodate the reduced size.
Note: Microwaving flour is the most energy-efficient approach but takes a little more elbow work, and if you’re making a larger batch, oven toasting can be more economical.
Toasted Flour Recipe Ideas
The value of toasted flour is evident in baked goods like cakes, brownies, cookies, pizza dough and bread. Add toasted flour to some tried-and-true recipes to take them to a new level, or try some of our tasty recipes:
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