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I'm making macaroni and cheese and the sauce starts with a roux. I'm out of white flour, so I'm wondering if it would be better to use regular whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour. I've never tried to make a roux with WW flour, so I'm a at a bit of a loss.
 

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WTF is a roux?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
not helpful, i know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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whole wheat flour will work fine. your sauce might have a bit less glowing yellow to it, and a bit more of a rustic brown thing going on, and it'll taste a bit more whole wheat-ish, but it's actually very nice when sauces are made with a brown 'white' sauce based roux. we used to make cauliflower cheese like this when i was a kid- much nicer than the white flour version, in my opinion! :)<br><br><br><br>
purrpelle: a roux is basically a swanky french word for flour and fat mixed together, to start a sauce. so for this kinda sauce, you'd melt butter/margarine in a pan on meduim heat, add some flour, stir it till it goes thick and mixes in (takes a few seconds) to make the roux, then slowly water (usually with milk) it down, while whisking/stirring it, then heat till it thickens. its way easier than adding flour to hot milk and then trying to get the frikkin' lumps out with the help of a seive while cursing loudly, lol.
 

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Basically it's a mixture of fat and flour that is cooked together before adding liquid to make a sauce.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roux" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roux</a>
 

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Thanks jen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I don't mind an odd color, since I'm going to cover the whole thing in bread crumbs anyhow.
 

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Never seen Justin Wilson? He had a Cajun cooking show where he made pretty much the same dish every week, starting with a roux.
 
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