After a successful first milling experience with my WonderMill grain mill, I went on a bit of a whole grain shopping spree at the local bulk health food store and came home with bags of hard white wheat berries (for bread), soft white wheat berries (for pastries), and some triticale berries (for experimenting). Triticale (pronounced trit-uh-KAY-lee) is a cross between rye and wheat and apparently can be used mostly interchangeably for either of those two grains, however because it’s part rye, it does contain less gluten than wheat. Here you can see the difference in appearance between triticale (left) and hard white wheat (right) – if I’d had some rye berries, you would see that triticale falls right in the middle of wheat and rye:
I’ve only ever used triticale in its flaked form (like rolled oats) to make granola, so I wanted to branch out a bit. I decided to stick to breakfast and make some waffles. This is a twist on my favorite 100% whole wheat waffle recipe, which always comes out light and fluffy and crisp. My favorite trick is to stack any leftovers between waxed paper and freeze them, then chuck them in the toaster for a decent breakfast on rushed mornings. Best toaster waffles ever, let me tell you!
I used a mix of triticale and whole wheat flours because 100% triticale waffles would be too crumbly. If you can’t find triticale, feel free to use all whole wheat flour, or perhaps a little bit of rye. I was inspired to do something with pomegranate after seeing the miraculous de-seeding technique in this video (seriously, it’s miraculous, especially if you’ve ever gone to the trouble of digging the arils, one by one, out of a juicy red pomegranate), so I added some to the batter along with some orange zest, which I thought would pair well with the stronger, nuttier flavour of triticale.
These waffles are deliciously nutty from the triticale, substantial but still remarkably fluffy for 100% whole grain, and the orange and pomegranate give them a nice tart sweetness. Topped with fresh pomegranate arils, some orange segments, and just a bit of maple syrup, they are delicious! Head over to the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge blog for the full recipe. 🙂