The Wondermill Electric Grain Mill is an amazing tool for the homestead kitchen. I received a Wondermill Grain Mill as part of the “Grain Mill Wagon Challenge.” Lucky for me, I am test driving this marvellous machine during the December holidays — the time of year that I do the most baking. Let me tell you a bit about my experience with grain mills. About 17 years ago I bought an antique hand grain mill at a second hand store. It takes 12 cups of flour to bake 1 batch of my usual bread. I had two teenage sons, at that time and they took turns turning the handle on that old, crotchety machine. It was pretty quiet, but the effort required to grind that grain was enormous. We had to put the grain through twice — one at a coarse grind and then a second time to get it fine enough to be considered a coarse but serviceable flour. We gave up grinding our own grain, after a few months and went back to buying bagged flour. Who has the time to grind wheat for two hours every week?
KitchenAid GMA Grain Mill Attachment for Stand Mixers
Then a few years later we invested in a Kitchen Aid Mixer and we bought the grain mill attachment that went with it. No longer did I need my boys to turn the handle on the mill. This one was totally electric. But it still required about an hour to grind 12 cups of flour. It was slow at the fine grind and so we put the wheat berries through twice, once at a coarse grain — like for bulgar, and again to get a finer flour for bread baking — still coarse though compared to bagged flour. And that mill was incredibly noisy. I had to wear hearing protection while it was grinding. After a few weeks of regular use, I went back to buying bagged flour. I couldn’t handle the noise and I didn’t like the fact that I always had to assemble and disassemble the machine to use it. Though I still love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, the grainmill attachment was inconvenient, inefficient, and dangerously noisy.
So when I first ground wheat in the Wondermill grain mill, I wasn’t expecting a whisper. But it was much quieter than the Kitchenaid and quieter than my expectations. I could actually carry on a conversation in the kitchen while the mill was working. And the mill is fast. Those 12 cups of flour were done in 5 minutes, and that was at the bread setting, not the coarse setting. I was impressed! I could use this all time, without feeling that grinding flour was an inconvenience. There was very few parts to assemble and only a few rules to pay attention to. Love this!
When you are first using the Wondermill Grain Mill there’s a few precautions.
Always turn the machine on before you add the grain to the hopper of the mill.
Never turn the machine off with grain still in the hopper.
So I’ve been playing with the Wondermill for a month now, putting it through its paces and trying various grains — corn, rice, wheat, and rye to explore its full potential before I start baking for the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge. And now December is here and I’m ready with my version of Pizzelles, the Italian wafer cookie.
Pizzelles are delicate. They don’t travel well. They only stay crisp for a few days so you want to make them no sooner than a day or two before you want them.
Here’s my special recipe for tender-crisp Christmas Pizzelles that I shared on the Grain Mill Wagon.
Yield 30 cookies
1/2 c. organic virgin coconut oil
2/3 c. brown sugar or organic raw sugar
3 eggs, free range
1 cup of brown rice flour, freshly ground
1 cup of whole wheat flour, freshly ground
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. anise seed
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Grind 1 cup of whole brown rice and 1 cup of whole wheat on the pastry setting of your Wondermill Electric Grain mill. Set aside 1 cup of rice flour, and 1 cup of whole wheat flour for this recipe.
Cream together in a medium bowl coconut oil, sugar, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla, anise seed, and salt. Mix well. Mix in rice flour and wheat flour and mix well. Batter with be thick, like cookie dough, not runny.
Preoil and preheat Pizzelle iron. If you are using an electric pizzelle iron, the indicator light will show that the iron is hot. If you are using a stove top pizzelle iron, you will know the iron is hot when it steams when open, and a few water droplets sprinkled on the surface fizz and sizzle.
When the Pizzelle iron is hot, drop 1 tsp. of batter into the center of each circular motif on the inner surface of your iron. Close the iron and wait till the indicator light signals that the wafers are done, about 90 seconds. Wafers should be golden brown.
None electric irons will need to be flipped after 1 or 2 minutes to cook both sides of the wafer evening.
When wafers are golden brown remove from the pizzelle iron and cool in a single layer on a wire rack. They come out of the pizzelle iron soft and pliable and will crisp up quickly.
If you want to make cannoli, roll the pizzelle quickly, as soon as you remove them from the pizzelle iron. Then allow to cool. Fill with whip cream, or hazelnut filling, just before serving, using a piping bag with nozzle.
So far I totally love this Grain Mill. It has surpassed my expectations. I would give it 5 stars. Although not exactly whisper quiet, it is far quieter than any other grain mill I have used.
I received a free Wondermill Grain Mill for participation in the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge. I was not required to give a review of the product on my blog as part of the participation in the Grain Mill Challenge, nor was I required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of this product.