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I made some pumpkin scones (http://www.kingarthurflour...) twice. First time, I made it with all AP flour. In an attempt to be a little healthier (cough), I made them yesterday with one cup whole wheat flour and the rest AP. They were quite dry. Should I have added more liquid to compensate or have used less WW? Thanks!

asked by jocelyng over 6 years ago
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added over 6 years ago

Did they seem dry before you baked them? I don't think a 50% sub of WW for AP should have made a monstrous difference. Is it possible that you overbaked the "healthy" batch? You might try again, adding a little milk to the liquid ingredients, although my vote would be to get my healthy quota filled by fresh fruit instead of sneaking in WW flour. :-)

B6a74962 31fc 4e50 b866 0ea34483cfb8  fb avatar
added over 6 years ago

Whole wheat flour will tend to provide a drier texture because of the bran.

Here are two approaches you could try:

1. Reduce the Whole Wheat by 1/4 cup and see if texture improves.
2. While leaving Whole Wheat at 1 cup, substiture Honey for sugar in the recipe. Honey is hydroscopic and will attract moisture from the air. and may make the scomes more moist.

To substitute honey for 1 cup of sugar:

1. Use 3/4 cup of honey as honey will sweeten more than sugar
2. Reduce liquid ingredients by 1/4 cup as honey is a liquid
3. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda to the recipe as honey is acidic

7124ef9e 8cee 4d7c 8ab8 fa611e8ce383  jocelyn 2006
added over 6 years ago

Interesting ideas. Thanks. Yes - they were dry before I baked them, but I just pressed on. Dumb, I know. They aren't inedible, so I'll have another chance in a few days.

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 6 years ago

Yes, wwf sucks up moisture like crazy. These are all great tips. Verdigris, thanks for the honey substitution info. Very useful!

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