The fava beans are doing excellent. Thank you Holly for the seeds. I am really enjoying growing them and wanted to cover the place with them as a cover crop this fall. But what would I do with bushels of fava beans. Well, my daughter and I were talking about glueten free baking for our grandson. She mentioned that fava flour was used in many recipes but extremely expensive. So here comes the favas in the fall if we get a good harvest.
Have any of you produced and used fava flour?
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No but I use dried favas a lot to thicken stews, make bean purée etc. It thickens things up well so I'd imagine it probably would work well as a binding agent.
Do you have to cook the beans first before drying and grinding to flour?
How do you use dried favas to thicken stews, etc.? Do you grind them?
I could not out how to make the fava flour with a quick search. I was hoping that some of the great cooks (Jo, Holly, Walk, Bunkie, etc.) could give us some help.
The best information that I could find was by Bob's Red Mill:
Fava Bean Flour: Our fava bean flour is milled from blanched fava beans. Fava beans have a distinctive flavor and is most often used in combination with garbanzo bean flour for gluten free baking. There are not many recipes for using fava bean on its own, but 1/4 cup can be added in place of white flour in almost any recipes. Again, we’d recommend savory recipes with this flour. Customers have found that toasting the flour will reduce some of the bean flavor. Find directions for toasting flour here.
Garbanzo Bean Flour: Garbanzo bean flour, also known as chickpea flour, is a wonderful ingredient for gluten free baking, as well as dishes like falafel, hummus, and socca. Wonderful in crackers, pizza crusts and breads, garbanzo bean flour also works well with strong flavors like chocolate and pumpkin. Use it for up to 25% of the flour in your baking to increase protein and fiber.