The difference in weight is very slight for unbleached and beached. I don’t have my book in front of me, but the figures are in the Pie and Pastry bible chart in the front of the book. I would say, it doesn’t really make a significant difference, but yes, there is a slight difference.
Okay, that is good to know. Thank yo, Bill, and thank you for directing me to the front of the book. The P&PB; has so much information, I wasn’t able to find it.
That is very good to know.
I already baked the bread this morning but I will bake it again later this week with AP flour, just to try it. My bread today looks as though it came out delicious. I followed Rose’s recipe using cake flour. the only thing I did different is drizzle glaze over the top because we like it a little sweeter.
Thanks Julie. I didn’t cut into the bread yet; I am looking forward to it after dinner tonight.
No, Julie, I actually I wanted to try unbleached flour. I make quick breads several times a week and never have an issue I don’t put them in the refrigerator and they don’t last long enough to have issues with the butter. When I make it, I will post a picture of the inside. Perhaps there is an issue and I am just unaware of it. After all, I am here to learn.
That’s true. When I want to get a WOW reaction, there is no other recipe I would use other than Rose’s. I know when I make one of Rose’s cakes, that cake will make a lasting impression people will be talking about.
However, for just us, My husband and I like to have rustic cakes, buckles and quick breads. I use white whole wheat, whole wheat, pastry and bread flour, as well as cake flour, depending on the recipe. Our favorite bread is a banana bread. It is made with 16oz AP flour, 20oz of brown sugar, 8oz buttermilk, 9oz chopped walnuts and 20oz of banana. This is the bread that heightened my interest in baking because of the reaction I received from those who tried it. For a long time, I made nothing else. Then I started to explore other recipes and that is how I found this forum and Rose’s books.
I do want to try the unbleached AP and give it a taste test. If it doesn’t come out right, I won’t try it again.
Here’s the thing: if the batter is made with oil (like many quick breads), then using unbleached AP will make it tougher and more domed, but won’t have other problems. If the batter is made with softened butter (in this case, the base is a classic butter cake), then it’s possible that you’ll also get a dip in the middle and a layer of sunken, rubbery butter at the bottom of the cake. So, bigger problems with the butter cake.
There are ways to use the unbleached flour, but they are more work. Search Kate Flour (heat treated to solve the butter issue, then cut with cornstarch) and The Power of Flour (substitute potato starch for a portion of the flour and adjust the leavening) over on the blog.
Whichever option you take, please report back on your results!
Here?s the thing: if the batter is made with oil (like many quick breads), then using unbleached AP will make it tougher and more domed, but won?t have other problems. If the batter is made with softened butter (in this case, the base is a classic butter cake), then it?s possible that you?ll also get a dip in the middle and a layer of sunken, rubbery butter at the bottom of the cake. So, bigger problems with the butter cake.