All purpose flour for white bread
Posted: 30 December 2013 07:12 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Ive just bought The Bread Bible and reading through the recipes, I noticed that several white breads, including the basic white sandwich loaf and the baguette use all purpose flour in the recipes. I live in Spain, and we dont have white all purpose flour here, just plain flour, cake flour, bread flour (11% gluten) or strong flour (13%). I can also get hold of Italian 00 flour if I need to but not so easily accesible. Could you please recommend which flour I should be using? Thanks very much

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Posted: 30 December 2013 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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honeybunch - 30 December 2013 07:12 AM

Ive just bought The Bread Bible and reading through the recipes, I noticed that several white breads, including the basic white sandwich loaf and the baguette use all purpose flour in the recipes. I live in Spain, and we dont have white all purpose flour here, just plain flour, cake flour, bread flour (11% gluten) or strong flour (13%). I can also get hold of Italian 00 flour if I need to but not so easily accesible. Could you please recommend which flour I should be using? Thanks very much

HONEYBUNCH:
  Good morning. I believe that “PLAIN FLOUR” is the counterpart to America’s ALL PURPOSE flour. Which flour you will enjoy is personnel. I prefer a soft dinner rolls so I blend AP with a weaker flour like pastry flour or cornstarch. Soooo, you must experiment for your likes. Keep in mind however each flour has a personality of it’s own The stronger the flour it will require a little more hydration.

I can add this for your consideration, In blending you can add cornstarch….In Europe I believe it is known as cornflour. It is the flour that thickens desserts like puddings. In doing this proceedure you will lower the gluten protein strength.

  I would suggest this to you just to begin with. (Adjustments later on) for the basic white sandwich bread I would start off using the Plain Flour. For dinner rolls either the bread flour (13%) then perhaps blending that with Plain flour…see which one is appropriate for you. When blending always sift the flour twice.

I hope I was able to help you make the right decision for yourself today.

Good luck & HAPPY HOLLIDAY’S to you young lady

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Posted: 30 December 2013 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Your bread flour would be fine. It’s a bit weaker than our bread flour and closer to All Purpose.

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