Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

If you’re committed to using whole wheat flour in your kitchen because of its nutritional benefits, you’ll be pleased to know there’s more than one kind of whole grain flour to choose from. Whole wheat pastry flour is a whole grain flour that you can use to produce delightfully light and healthy baked goods. This is your guide to using more of it in your kitchen.

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Frequently-Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions related to this whole-grain flour. Here are the most popular ones:

What is Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

Whole wheat pastry flour is a whole grain flour and the wheat berries used to mill this flour are special. They’re referred to as soft spring wheat and it has a lower protein than their whole-wheat counterpart. As a result, it’s less processed and offers more nutrients than all-purpose flour, otherwise known as white flour.

Why Use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

Because it is a whole grain flour, it adds more fiber and nutrition to your baked goods, as compared with all-purpose flour. Also, since it’s milled from softer wheat berries, your baked goods will have a similar texture to all-purpose flour.

Can I Substitute Whole Wheat Flour for Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

Although the whole wheat variety of pastry flour can be used 1:1 for all-purpose flour, I do not recommend the same substitution value for whole wheat flour. Because whole wheat flour is dense, it is not a good choice to use 1:1 for many baking recipes. You can, however, mix half all-purpose flour with half whole wheat flour.

Is Whole Wheat Pastry Flour Healthy?

Because it has a lower protein content, you can use this whole grain flour in place of all-purpose flour. It offers 8 grams of fiber per ½ cup, making healthy baking much easier and tastier, too!

Whole Wheat Pastry, Whole Wheat, and All-Purpose Flour

Whole Wheat Flour

  • Whole wheat flour is 100% whole grain and comes from hard winter red wheat berries
  • It is not refined, therefore it includes the bran and the germ of the wheat kernel
  • Usually stone-ground
  • Rich, nutty flavor
  • Dark color
  • Higher protein content, around 14%, means more gluten
  • Because it is dense, the products it’s baked with are dense too. It’s best to use whole wheat flour with yeast as a rising agent, such as whole wheat bread, bagels, buns, and more.

Whole Wheat Variety of Pastry Flour

  • This flour is 100% whole grain and comes from soft, white spring wheat berries
  • It is not refined, therefore it includes the bran and the germ of the wheat kernel
  • Usually stone-ground
  • Slightly nutty flavor
  • Lighter color
  • Lower protein content, around 8 to 10%
  • Because of its lower protein content, it can bake more similar to all-purpose flour, and create light and fluffy desserts. You can use it with recipes that use baking soda and baking powder as a rising agent, like chocolate chip cookies, brownies, carrot cake muffins, pie crusts, and more.

All-Purpose Flour

  • All-purpose flour is a refined grain and usually comes from hard winter red wheat berries
  • It is refined, therefore it does not include the bran and the germ of the wheat kernel
  • Light color
  • Average protein content around 13%
  • It’s a great all-around flour to use in baking

Watch Bob of Bob’s Red Mill talk about the difference between whole wheat pastry and whole wheat flour.

A measuring spoon sits in a bowl full of whole wheat pastry flour.

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour Substitute

Although baking is a science, it is entirely possible to make substitutions. Here’s how to make your own pastry flour. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of the whole wheat version of pastry flour, you can substitute:

  • ½ cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour.

Marly’s Tips

Store pastry flour in a cool, dry place (65°F) where it can keep for up to 6 months. Storing flour in an airtight container is recommended. You can refrigerate or even freeze flour to extend its shelf-life.

Where to Buy it

In the U.S. and Canada, most grocery stores and health food stores will carry this whole wheat version of pastry flour. You can also buy it online.

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Recipes Using Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

You’ll love these whole wheat pastry flour recipes:

You can also include this wholesome flour in other recipes such as vegan banana bread, vegan pecan pie, cinnamon muffins, and more.

I hope you’re as committed as I am to using this amazing whole grain flour in your kitchen!

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