Cooking with Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat flour can be used to make pancakes, noodles and biscuit. In my earlier post, i mentioned about buckwheat being gluten free so it’s safe for those with gluten intolerance.

However some buckwheat flours sold in stores may have been mixed with other flour, so it’s important to read the labels carefully. Because there’s no gluten, it will not rise. Gluten is the substance that makes dough “doughy.” So for baking, it will have to be mixed with other grains that contains gluten (e.g. store bought buckwheat pancake mix containing wheat). So do look out for the “Gluten Free” label on the packaging for those with gluten intolerance or if you are on a gluten-free diet.

Buckwheat flour found in stores are mostly from unhulled buckwheat flour (darker color) which is not the same as raw buckwheat flour (lighter color). Raw buckwheat flour are made by grinding raw whole buckwheat groats without the hull. The darker flour will be higher in dietary fiber.

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