Cookies, sweets, tarts. Thanks to flour, but not only: here are which products to choose and how to use them. It all depends on the species and the type of treatment of this ancient cereal
Not just soups and salads. The spelled, and in particular flour, is an excellent ally also for the preparation of desserts. A taste slightly different, lightness is naturalness: are the advantages of this ingredient, capable of providing a caloric intake of 335 Kcal per 100 grams compared to 364 of normal wheat flour. The spelled, then, is generally grown at altitude, is resistant and it does not require weeding or fertilization based on chemical products: in general, therefore, it is a cereal "more natural"And suitable for those looking for authentic flavors and friends of the environment. Not only. Spelled flour is also particularly rich in protein (15%) and of B vitamins. The content of gluten it is also lower, therefore suitable also for those who have intolerances, but not for celiacs.
The contribution of fibers, made particularly rich by the presence of his casing: for this reason, both in the choice of the beans and in the flour, the hulled spelled, while that pearled (lighter) a lower nutritional richness replaces a higher cooking speed. In fact, the hulled spelled is only removed husk, i.e. the outermost envelope, without great nutritional values. While the pearly one undergoes an abrasion process similar to that of rice. Spelled flour is the product obtained by grinding the Triticum spelta (or spelled major), Triticum dicoccum (properly spelled, or medium spelled, very similar to durum wheat) or Triticum monococcum (small spelled). From the point of view of taste, bread, pasta is desserts based on spelled they are usually preferred over preparations with wholemeal flour.
Some examples of sweets? Let's start with the simplest. Inspired by the gastronomy that most uses spelled, that is, that of the Apennine belt which, starting from Tuscany, arrives to Puglia passing through Umbria. Let's start with spelled flour biscuits. To prepare them you must have 3 parts of spelled flour and one of white flour, to pass through a sieve, arrange on a pastry board and sprinkle with sugar, eggs, butter, a pinch of salt, grated lemon peel, milk and vanilla yeast . After kneading the dough, the dough is rolled out and then small triangles are made to cook in the oven for 15 minutes. With the same procedure they can also be prepared tarts. Or greedy biscuits, such as i spelled biscuits with ricotta cream. Or one pie, to be prepared by mixing 150 g of spelled flour and 100 of white flour. Or one more spelled apple pie, mixing it also here with the white flour (this time in proportion of 2 to 1 for the latter).
Matter of doses
As you can see, we generally recommend thecombination of spelled flour and white flour. But not always: much also depends on the kind of flour used. In general, flour is recommended for desserts spelled or monococco spelled, more tender. They will result very crumbly sweets, which require less use of fats and sugars thanks to the slightly sweet taste of spelled. Typically, for transform a "normal" dessert with wheat flour in one made with spelled flour, it is necessary halve the doses made with flour. During the leavenedmoreover, with spelled flour the doughs tend to increase more in volume. But be careful: there are no fixed "laws" in this regard, you must scrupulously rely on the doses indicated or try many tests.
However, you can also prepare sweets like i chocolate spelled flour bricks, to be prepared with only spelled flour: dark chocolate must be minced, melted with butter in a bain-marie pan; whip the eggs with the sugar until you get a frothy cream, add the flour, cocoa, a pinch of salt, the melted chocolate with the butter and chopped pistachios. At this point, pour everything into a mold and put in the oven, with a final sprinkling of cocoa. Other delicious recipes? Try the Spelled pastiera or the cake with frangipani and strawberries, not to mention the spelled pancakes.
Grains to munch on
Spelled, however, in sweets can also come into play in other ways than flour. For example, with the sweet spelled. To prepare it, just put the milk in a saucepan and, once it has boiled, throw in the spelled grains, sugar, vanilla, cloves, raisins and pine nuts. And stirring constantly. When the spelled is still al dente, remove the container from the heat and put the mixture in buttered molds to let cool. Final touch, a sprinkling of cinnamon.