May 13, 2013

Whole wheat flour vs. Whole wheat PASTRY flour

Sue asks… Is there a difference between whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour? I want to make your chocolate brownies but my whole wheat flour doesn’t say “pastry flour” And when we went to the store, I saw nothing that said pastry flour??

My Response:

Whole wheat PASTRY flour is more finely ground than whole wheat flour and produces lighter, softer baked items like cookies and brownies. It also has less gluten than whole wheat flour (gluten is needed when baking with yeast). I only use whole wheat flour when baking bread. For all other uses, like cookies, cakes, pancakes, muffins, etc. I use whole wheat PASTRY flour. My grocery store carries it but if yours doesn’t, you will likely find it at a health food store or online.

6 Comments on "Whole wheat flour vs. Whole wheat PASTRY flour"

  1. Maria

    Hi Jenny
    Do you have a recipe for 2 ingredients almond cookies (almond flour and maple syrup). I tried the ones available online but it doesn’t work

  2. Virginia

    my Recipe for peanut butter dog treat calls for 21/2 cups Whole wheat four. Can I substitute it with Whole wheat pastry flour. I like to make a softer, chewy treat,

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I can’t say for sure but usually the pastry flour does produce a softer result. If you try you will have to judge by the feel of the dough in case you might need to use a little more to get the right consistency. Good luck! 🐶

  3. Linda

    Help Jenny. I grind my own wheat.(BUT it has been a while!) So do I understand that somehow if I grind too finely, I did something to the gluten? YIKES!
    I’m grinding wheat right now. It’s very fine. So I’ll put it aside for later until I hear back. Will set a coarser grind and do more for today’s bread.

  4. Cathy

    Hi Jenny! My husband and I just recently discovered your videos on line – guess we are late to the party! I can’t tell you how much we enjoy them – after just a few episodes we felt like we are “besties”! 😊
    We are recently retired with lots of free time and you have actually encouraged us to get into the kitchen together and make a few things. My husband is polish – so we can’t wait to try out your pierogi recipe!
    Are you planning any new video recipes? You are so entertaining – I can’t believe you don’t have your own show on the food network!
    Looking forward to trying all your recipes!

  5. Danae

    Would Whole Wheat Fine Ground Flour be the same as pastry flour?

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