I think I’ve said it before, on a different post, that the ladies in my house are huge fans of biscuits. I mean it, serious biscuit eaters. Actually, any kind of breads will do, even a sprouted whole grain loaf! And they haven’t been overly excited by my recent insistence on reducing the family’s consumption of gluten and flour, especially our processed white flour food items.
And so far, my attempts at substituting coconut flour for white flour using our old favorite recipes has been less than stellar. No one in my family is gluten intolerant, that I know of, but certainly too much bread has dietary consequences for all of us, both short and long term. And the more I learn about how flour is digested, and consumed by the body, the more determined I become to reduce my family’s exposure to white flour. And wheat flour too. Which is why I am so excited to have stumbled across this wonderful Einkorn flour biscuits recipe.
Food For Thought
I’m not yet read to throw out grains altogether, there is simply too much evidence that people have consumed corn, wheat, oats and other grains for far too long for me to think that grains are the singular reason that heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases have just taken off in the past 100 or so years. On the other hand, there seems to be plenty of evidence that if you base a high percentage of your entire caloric intake on grains, that you are setting yourself up for misery and disease.
At the same time that I have been learning about the dangers of both white and whole wheat flour, I ran across a few bloggers talking about a different kind of flour called Einkorn Flour. It’s not so much that it’s a different flour, but it’s an heirloom variety, often considered the original wheat, the first cultivated grain of humans. And it is very different from the wheat produced today, with much lower productivity yields, much higher nutritional values and all with much less gluten. This seems to make it a possible alternative to current day mass produced and over commercialized wheat flour! I hope so.
So in addition to swapping out all of the traditional while flour from my original biscuit recipe with Einkorn flour, I have made a few minor changes to appeal to the more health conscious readers out there. The sugar I use in this recipe, first is very little, but is organic and comes from sugar cane, and not the more commonly found bleached white sugar that often comes from GMO beet sugar. Secondly, both the butter and the buttermilk come from dairy cows that have been pastured raised, and never subjected to added hormones and antibiotics. That means that the butter and buttermilk will be free of nasty pesticides and medicines, but also have a more beneficial nutritional profile due to the cows natural grass diet. That’s a win-win!
For ingredients and baking directions, continue on to the next page…
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