I’ve been thinking about how I can improve our diet around here–how can I have all the fun baking, but still make healthy treats? Seems impossible, right?
Nope. I discovered an interesting gadget called the Mockmill. What’s that? It’s a gizmo that bolts to the front of your stand mixer and GRINDS FREAKIN’ GRAIN. Yes. I’m talking real whole grain goodness people!
Now before we continue, I need to push aside the blogger curtain and let you know that I received my Mockmill at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Oh, and there’s a coupon code (it’s STLMOTHERHOOD) that will save you $80 if you want to buy your own below. I don’t do this very often, but if you happen to buy a Mockmill with my coupon code, I will be compensated a few dollars.
Whole Grain Bread…from actual whole grains
I did a little research and found that bread we buy from the store today isn’t exactly like bread our ancestors ate. Before the Industrial Revolution flour was pretty simple: a farmer took wheat to the local mill, the miller crushed it into flour, and a local baker turned the flour into bread. Very straight forward. Then the industrial age came along and people lived farther from the farmer and we needed trains to ship tons of flour around the country. Then we found out that fresh flour has a terribly short shelf life. So manufacturers tinkered with flour and figured that it was the fatty part of the wheat germ that caused flour to spoil. So they took it out. Now we had flour that could last a heck of long time, but it wasn’t very nutritious. By the 1940’s chemists solved that problem by adding vitamins and whatnot back into the flour. This is why flour and bread at the store today is labeled “enriched.”
Why Fresh Whole Grains?
Maybe you have a hipster streak and want to make your own artisanal breads. Maybe you’re trying to cut down on processed foods. Maybe you’re like me and just enjoy geeking out in the kitchen! Whatever your reason, fresh milled grain has a lovely nutty flavor and is super healthy compared to plain ol’ white bread. If you’re gonna go whole grain, go all the way! The Mockmill is so simple to use, and only adds about 10 minutes to your prep time. Seriously.
Where to Get Whole Grains
The easiest way to get whole wheat to grind is to mail order it. Bob’s Red Mill, for example, has lots of grains for sale. Or you can try Amazon. I found grain locally at Whole Foods in the bulk department for just $1.99 a pound.
As I pointed out in the history lesson, fresh milled flour had a short shelf life. Perhaps a week or so. BUT whole grains–literally the wheat berries–can last for months in your pantry. It’s like they’re wrapped up in Nature’s own Tupperware.
What’s a Mockmill?
The Mockmill was created by a German fellow by the name of Wolfgang Mock who got into milling his own flour back in the ’70s. He got tired of his hand cranked mill and did like the commercially available mills…so he invented a better one. This is not a “mock” mill. It’s a real mill by a guy named Mock. Weird huh? Anyway, it attaches to the front of your stand mixer and grinds grain with a Corundum ceramic stone that never dulls or wears down. Check out this video!
Baking with Fresh Grain
There’s a little bit of a learning curve when you use fresh grain. Because we’re working with the WHOLE natural grain, you’ll need to adjust your recipes to use less liquid, or just search Google for recipes using “fresh grains.”
Sift that flour: This will remove the bran, which is full of extra chewy fiber…but dang hard to work with. With the bran out of the way, your fresh flour will behave more like the store bought flour you’re accustomed too. I tried baking biscuits using all flour my Mockmill produced…and got something my husband compared to Hagrid’s rock cakes. Yeah, they were that lumpy and crunchy.
Measure it up: I’ve found that 3/4 cup of grain mills about a cup of flour. But if you sift out the bran, you get 3/4 cup of yummy whole wheat flour. So plan accordingly! You’ll want to mill just enough flour to make your recipe, so grind up the grain and measure before switching your mixer back to stirring duty. Of course, if you need more flour it’s a snap to put the mill back on!
Try new things: There’s all kinds of grains out there to mill! I used half Red Winter Wheat Berries and half Spelt in the muffins below. I don’t even know what splet is, but it tastes pretty good!
Awesome Ginger Spice Muffin Recipe
I found this recipe over at The Kitchn. I was in the middle of making the muffins when I found out I didn’t have enough sour cream, so I substituted vanilla yogurt. I’m sure these muffins are sweeter than the originals, but that makes them even better.
Let’s get baking!
2 cups fresh milled SIFTED wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 large egg
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 375°F.
Prep your muffin pan: either grease with baking spray or use paper liners.
In your mixer’s bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt, honey, egg, olive oil, and vanilla extract.
Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture. Gently stir with your mixer’s whisk, and stop as soon as the dough comes together: do not over mix. It should be fairly thick.
Spoon the dough evenly between the muffin cups.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. The muffins will be just golden and springy to the touch.
Makes 12 muffins
You want a MOCKMILL, don’t cha?
If you’re interested in buying your own Mockmill, they’re running a special deal just for blog readers like you! Use coupon code STLMOTHERHOOD and you’ll get:
One cookbook (Flour Power)
2# bag of rye
2# bag of oat groats
2# bag of red fife (a type of wheat)
2# bag of spelt
Are you gluten-free? There’s a gluten-free option that includes maize, buckwheat, and teff instead of the oats, fife, and spelt!
The price? Just $179 (after your $80 discount), which is a super deal since the Mockmill itself sells for $229. Heck, it would be a good deal if it was JUST the Mockmill.
You ONLY get this deal if you click on this link that leads to the two special promotional packages. The price for the package will say that it’s $259 until you go to checkout and use the promotion code cookistry to get $80 off. Yes, today I’m worth $80 to you.
This discount is only good through August 31, 2016, so if you’re thinking about a grain mill, now’s the time.
This is a sponsored post for Mockmill; I received a mill at no cost and I get a revenue share for mills purchased using my code.