What do you know about Buckwheat? No, I’m not talking about the adorable character from The Little Rascals. I’m actually talking about the delicious, ultra healthy, Whole Grain. While most of us have probably heard of Buckwheat, very few of us know exactly what it is, or have even tried it.
Buckwheat, believe it or not, is not “wheat.” It’s actually a grain more related to sorrel, knotweed, or rhubarb. Because of this, Buckwheat is actually naturally Gluten-Free. Now how many naturally Gluten-Free foods can you think of that have the word “wheat” in them? So how did a plant more associated with a weed than a wheat get it’s unusual, yet completely mis-labeled name? Because you can use it just like wheat in almost every recipe! Pancakes, waffles, cookies, cakes, breads and rolls, buckwheat gives a unique, yet delicious texture and taste to any recipe. It can also be substituted for rice in many recipes calling for baked or parboiled rices.
Best of all, Buckwheat is extremely healthy. Not only is it a complete whole grain, which in turn makes it a Superfood, diets rich in Buckwheat have been linked to lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and have even been shown to help control blood sugar levels and even prevent diabetes and heart disease. Now what type of homemade bread do you know of that can do that?
For today’s recipe, we took our amazing, Whole Grain Buckwheat, and ground it into fresh flour using our all new Komo Classic Grain Mill. Let me tell you, this thing is awesome! Not only is it possibly the most high-end looking kitchen appliance you’ll ever see on your counter, it’s performance simple can’t be matched. This amazing mill ground our Buckwheat like nobody’s business and it was super quiet as it did so. Best of all, the Komo Mill uses two high-end milling stones to grind your whole grains and flour to the perfect texture and consistency. If you’re looking for the best mill on the market, you just found it.
Now that you know how we got our buckwheat flour, let’s get to our recipe. Super delicious and packed full of heart-healthy goodness, these Baguettes are the perfect addition to any main dish. Best of all, we used just a little bit of Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour, giving it just enough of the traditional baguette flavor and texture, while still getting you all the whole grain goodness you need. Check out the recipe below and let’s start baking!
6 cups Honeyville Whole Grain Buckwheat, milled (about 8 cups buckwheat flour)
4 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
3 cups Hot Water
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp Salt
3 Tbsp Honeyville Dough Conditioner
4 Tbsp SAF Yeast
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In your BOSCH Universal Mixer, add ingredients in the following order: Water, Olive Oil, Agave Nectar, Eggs, Salt, Dough Conditioner, 4 cups ground Buckwheat Flour, and yeast. Turn Mixer to setting #2 and allow all ingredients to mix. While Mixer is running, add Alta Artisan Flour and remaining Buckwheat Flour 1 cup at a time. Once dough starts pulling away from the sides, allow mixer to knead dough for an additional 2-4 minutes.
Remove dough from mixer and place on a lightly oiled surface.
Using a kitchen scale, measure out balls of dough for your baguettes. Each dough ball should be about 1 lb, 15 oz.
Flatten dough ball out on hard surface, removing all air pockets and bubbles.
Shape dough into a baguette.
Place baguette on a baguette tray, or you can use a cookie sheet lined with Corn Meal.
Once baguettes are on tray, spray baguettes with water, then slice the tops with your Wüsthof Classic Paring knife (NOTE: This recipe should make 2 baguettes and 1 full loaf of Buckwheat Bread).
Place in oven and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then knock temperature down to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
These are the perfect baguettes for any meal you’re planning. The outside bakes up nice and crispy, with the perfect crust and texture. The inside is light and fluffy, just what you’ve come to expect in any baguette. The aroma that comes from the Buckwheat flour, combined with unique, yet amazing taste of the Buckwheat, gives this baguette a taste you’d never expect, yet can’t live without. And the whole thing is healthy for you too! You know you can’t beat that.
Isn’t it time to get to know your whole grains. Isn’t it time to try some Honeyville Buckwheat?