Buckwheat Fun Facts
Buckwheat is a popular ancient crop in many cultures including China (northern) and Russia.
Despite the name, buckwheat is actually a type of seed and not wheat. Therefore, it is naturally gluten-free and belongs to a seed group dubbed “pseudo-grains”, which simply means they are not grains but treated like one.
Quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat are among the most popular pseudo-grains. All are super nutritious and I regularly add them to oats porridge.
Buckwheat Health Benefits
People generally consider buckwheat a superfood for good reasons. It is rich in flavonoids, a type of anti-inflammatory substance, as well as protein and fiber. Buckwheat is also high in many essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Magnesium, copper, and Manganese.
In light of all these nutrients, buckwheat can help boost the immune system, slow down the aging process, and improve digestion. It can also help manage blood sugar, manage weight, and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
How to make buckwheat buns?
Tip No.1 is to dissolve the active dry yeast with water first thing first for fluffy buckwheat buns
I use active dry yeast for making all kinds of buns and bread. They work out excellently. Two tricks I’d like to share on the topic of how to use active dry yeast for super fluffy buns or bread.
Firstly, store the active dry yeast powder in an airtight glass jar in the freezer, if you get a bulk half-pound package at a time, as I do.
Secondly, take the time to mix the active dry yeast with room-temperature water first thing first. Keep whisking until the active dry yeast powder is fully dissolved in water and the whole thing turns into a smooth paste. This will maximize the yeast power. Do not add the active dry yeast powder directly into the flour.
Tip No.2 is having the optimal ratio between buckwheat flour vs. all-purpose flour
I use 495 g all-purpose flour to blend with 150 g buckwheat flour.
How to fold buns
The fluffiness of a bun or bread is ultimately depending on two factors – the dough itself and the proper folding method. The goal of folding a bun is to make ample room for the bun to expand during rising and steaming.
Like wholesome buns? Check out the blue corn buns recipe, another of my favorites.