What is whole wheat vs whole grain
Posted: 12 August 2010 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Perhaps this is a stupid question but my wife and I are trying to figure out the difference between whole wheat and whole grain.

I’m inclined to say there is no difference only semantics. Whole wheat means the whole grain of wheat is used to make the flour and Whole grain means that the whole grain of whatever grain is used is used to make the flour.

Is this correct?

also whole wheat breads tend to be flatter because the smaller gluten content compared to white breads.

What is a good way to keep the texture and airyness of white but get the healthiness of wheat bread?

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Posted: 12 August 2010 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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haglered - 12 August 2010 11:27 PM

Whole wheat means the whole grain of wheat is used to make the flour and Whole grain means that the whole grain of whatever grain is used is used to make the flour.

Is this correct?

Yes.  Whole grain flour can be made from wheat, spelt, oats, etc.  Whole grain flour made from wheat is whole wheat flour.

also whole wheat breads tend to be flatter because the smaller gluten content compared to white breads.

The gluten content is similar, but the bran particles cut the gluten, so it is weaker.

What is a good way to keep the texture and airyness of white but get the healthiness of wheat bread?

Add vital wheat gluten so there is enough to lighten the bread, despite the effect of the bran.


The best 100% whole wheat bread I have ever tasted is this one:  http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/2006/11/rose_levy_beranbaums_100_whole.html

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Posted: 12 August 2010 10:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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i’ve just heard from a german friend living in the usa, that many of our store bought whole wheat flours are white flour with the wheat brand mixed back in!

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Posted: 13 August 2010 01:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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In which case the flour would be lacking the germ. This would improve shelf life because the germ has most of the oil found in wheat. So you could have a ‘whole wheat’ that was not ‘whole grain’.

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Posted: 14 January 2011 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Julie - 13 August 2010 12:50 AM
haglered - 12 August 2010 11:27 PM

Whole wheat means the whole grain of wheat is used to make the flour and Whole grain means that the whole grain of whatever grain is used is used to make the flour.

Is this correct?

Yes.  Whole grain flour can be made from wheat, spelt, oats, etc.  Whole grain flour made from wheat is whole wheat flour.

also whole wheat breads tend to be flatter because the smaller gluten content compared to white breads.

The gluten content is similar, but the bran particles cut the gluten, so it is weaker.

What is a good way to keep the texture and airyness of white but get the healthiness of wheat bread?

Add vital wheat gluten so there is enough to lighten the bread, despite the effect of the bran.


The best 100% whole wheat bread I have ever tasted is this one:  http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/2006/11/rose_levy_beranbaums_100_whole.html

Thank you so much for that link to Rose’s 100% Whole Wheat bread, Julie. I just made a 100% Whole Wheat loaf yesterday (using King Arthur Flour’s recipe) and it turned out great (if you’re interested, it’s posted here: http://hanaaskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/classic-100-whole-wheat-bread.html). I made some changes, like adding vital wheat gluten but then was told that I shouldn’t have because WW flour is already high in protein. Now I understand better that high protein doesn’t necessarily mean high-gluten (Rose gives an example in TBB regarding semolina flour). Thanks for reminding me that the bran in WW flour weakens the gluten. I will definitely try Rose’s recipe soon!

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Posted: 14 January 2011 10:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It’s a delicious bread, thanks for reminding me that I should make it again soon!

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