I am planning on making your pumpkin muffins this week, and so I was wondering...Are there general rules to follow when substituting regular flour for wheat flour in a recipe? When you swap in wheat flour, does this change the amount of baking powder, liquid, or any other ingredients in the recipe? I have family recipes for pumpkin bread and banana bread and I would love to learn how to make them healthier with wheat flour. Thanks!
This is yet another great question! But I must admit I'm not the best person to ask. I tend to break a lot of “rules” when cooking and one of those rules involves substituting whole wheat flour for all purpose. Actually who am I kidding? I don't really know what the rules are!
So I researched for you...
From what I read and heard the general rule of thumb is ½ and and ½. So if your recipe calls to 1 cup all purpose flour you could substitute ½ cup all purpose and ½ whole wheat. Both this site and this site agree.
That being said I would start there and then increase it to ¾ whole wheat and ¼ all purpose but I'm an experimenter by nature. Actually, who am I kidding? I'd probably try all whole wheat, have the recipe flop and then do the half and half rule! If you want to try all whole wheat cut back on the amount of flour and use ⅞ cup for every 1 cup all purpose flour the recipe calls for.
Now that answer is for traditional whole wheat flour but there are other whole grain options. There is whole wheat white flour and whole wheat pastry flour as well. Whole wheat white is a whole grain flour made from a lighter wheat berry and from my experience it can be used just as all purpose flour. I've substituted it 1 for 1 without a problem and I've gotten the best results using it for my whole wheat pizza dough. The whole wheat pastry flour is a very fine milled flour and I've used it for cookies with great results as well.
So that's about the extend of my flour knowledge and I am by no means an expert. Does anyone else want to share their whole wheat flour experiences for Megan?