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Sorghum.......What is Sorghum?:
Sorghum is a cereal grain that originated in Africa about 5000 years ago where it continues to be an important food source today. It's sometimes called milo and in India it is known as jowar."Sweet" sorghum is a popular ingredient in gluten-free flour and baking mixes. The type of sorghum used in gluten-free mixes is creamy-colored, usually milled to a soft, fine flour.
Sorghum is an incomplete source of protein. It does not supply adequate amounts of lysine, an important essential amino acid (protein). The body requires lysine for growth, bone health and for converting fats into energy.This nutrient deficiency in sorghum is more of a challenge in developing countries than in Western-type diets which contain high amounts of animal and legume proteins which do supply lysine.
A variety of gluten-free flour mix brands contain sorghum flour blended with other GF flours, starches and leavening agents. Used alone sorghum produces dry, gritty baked goods- it needs to be used in a GF flour blend for good results. Mixed with tapioca starch sorghum baked goods have better volume and texture.Adding slightly more oil or fat and eggs to recipes prepared with sorghum blends can improve moisture content and texture. Apple cider vinegar or ascorbic acid can also improve the volume of doughs made with sorghum flour blends.
Chef 420 | 05/04/2011