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How To Make Your Own Flour At Home

If you don’t have any flour in the house but still want to do some baking, it is possible to make flour in a kitchen blender or coffee grinder using some of the ingredients in your cupboard! Look through your breakfast cereals, sweet and savoury biscuit barrel and the cake tin for anything that might need using up. The items may have softened or be stale but should not smell bad or be mouldy. If you try grinding nuts, do this slowly or you might end up with a nut butter. Grains and beans will probably be too hard for a domestic machine to process easily. Use a combination of 3 or 4 homemade flours to bake Emergency Sponge Layer Cake and Emergency Pancakes.

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Ingredients

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  • INGREDIENT SUGGESTIONS BELOW IN METHOD
  • sweet biscuits
  • savoury biscuits
  • breakfast cereal
  • stale cake
  • stale bread
  • flakes and crumb
  • nuts
  1. Put one type of ingredient into a coffee grinder or food processor so it is no more than a third full.
  2. Pulse a few times to make a rough powder. Pulsing is kinder to the motor of your machine which could burn out if it works too hard or gets hot.
  3. Place a sieve over a bowl and tip the powder into it.
  4. Return the coarser particles to the grinder, pulse again then add this to the bowl.
  5. Tip the flour into a bowl or storage jar.
  6. Repeat the grinding and sieving process with the next ingredient.
  7. Discard any really hard bread crusts before grinding them as they might be too difficult for your machine to grind.
  8. Continue grinding and sieving each of your other ingredients separately.
  9. For best results in your baking, blend together at least three or more types of homemade flour in roughly equal quantities.

Ingredient Suggestions

  • Sweet Biscuits - digestives, shortbread, ginger nuts, graham crackers, cookies and Amaretti biscuits.
  • Savoury Biscuits - cream crackers, grissini, breadsticks, water biscuits and oat cakes.
  • Breakfast Cereals - cornflakes, cereal flakes, chocolate stars, rice pops, other cereal shapes and granola without the fruit.
  • Cake - sponge and Madeira cake, scones, brownies, muffins, doughnuts, croissants and pancakes.
  • Stale Bread - toast, pitta bread, soda bread, wholemeal bread, English muffins, rolls, brioche and crumpets.
  • Flakes & Crumb – oats, ground almonds, breadcrumbs, cornflour and custard powder.

Equipment

coffee grinder, electric blender, sieve and mixing bowl

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Ingredients

Change Quantities:
  • INGREDIENT SUGGESTIONS BELOW IN METHOD
  • sweet biscuits
  • savoury biscuits
  • breakfast cereal
  • stale cake
  • stale bread
  • flakes and crumb
  • nuts

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