ISO guidelines for using wheat flour substitutes

I've acquired a stash of "alternative" flours, including a large bag of chickpea flour, brown rice flour, corn flour, and a few others. They were bought for specific recipes, and I'd like to use them up. Can you guys offer guidelines as to how to use them effectively in baking--cookies, quick breads, brownies, tea cakes, etc. In particular, I made these wonderful "crackers" the other day and wonder if I could substitute chickpea flour for all or part of the wheat flour. http://www.marthastewart...

  • Posted by: LisaD
  • May 2, 2017
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Lindsay-Jean Hard

We've had quite a few different posts on alternative flours that you might want to check out: https://food52.com/blog...

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Nancy May 2, 2017

One general rule I've learned is to replace the wheat flour in a recipe with up to a maximum 1/4 (volume or weight) of an alternate flour. This allows most recipes to still behave as intended (gluten, structure, spread or not) and yet use up some other flour or add some different nutrients/flavor.
For chickpea flour specifically, there's a crackers recipe here:
https://food52.com/recipes...
Also, it can be used to make wonderful pancakes, whether French/Italian (called: socca) or Indian (called: besan or pudla). Here are 2 examples, but there are many more available.
http://www.thekitchn.com...
http://maunikagowardhan.co.uk/cook-in-a-curry/rajasthani-besan-ka-chilla-spiced-indian-pancakes-with-turmeric-chilli-and-fresh-coriander/

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PieceOfLayerCake May 2, 2017

This has always been my rule. When in doubt, no more than ¼ flour by weight.

LisaD
LisaD May 2, 2017

It's actually why I bought the chickpea flour, Nancy, to make socca. Three moves later, I finally made it. Liked it well enough, but it's a HUGE bag of flour (which I keep in the freezer) and I'm happy to have some other ideas for it.

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Nancy
Nancy May 2, 2017

Alas, that idea was "coals to Newcastle."
Hope the crackers or Indian pancakes are to your taste.

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mstv May 2, 2017
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LisaD May 3, 2017

Thanks, all. I'm happy to have this list of recipes using chickpea flour and also your thoughts about substituting it for wheat flour. This is such a great community!

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