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Which flour is the best?

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NillaFish's picture
NillaFish

Which flour is the best?

Hi, I was just wondering what flour you use and why, which brand works the best, and which one works the worst. If you tend to stay away from a brand or have a regular brand, please tell me! And tell me your flour experiences if you can. 

I'm just confused over which flour to use and don't want to waste money. Thanks, guys. 

P.S- Any of you tried Marriages flour before? How did it go? 

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Bakingmadtoo

Are you a UK baker? Marriages flour is excellent, I use it at times. I  mostly use Shipton Mill, as I buy in bulk 25kg sacks for the organic white and also cake flour, but you don't have to buy in bulk sacks. Ken Forkish, Emmanuel Hjiandreou and Richard Bertinet all recommend them in their books, as does Michel Roux in his pastry book. I also use some Bacheldre Mill flour and Claybrooke Mill. The Shipton Mill is the best value, but they are all lovely flours.

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Mini Oven

Must have some interesting choices!

Depends on the type of bread you want to bake and what is available.  

I would ask locally from a baker or bread baking instructor (who's bread you would like to emulate.)  Maybe even purchase flour thru them.  

NillaFish's picture
NillaFish

at the lack of choices here. We don't even have KA flour! Hmm... yes, that's a good idea. Maybe I should ask around at the local bakeries. 

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Bakingmadtoo

I thought it might be the UK as Marriages is one of the best readily available brands here. If you can get hold of that you will be fine.

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sawyerc

Actually you can get KA flour from Citysuper but it s so expense 

I buy flour from wholesaler ( 25KG package ) 

The cheapest are from China , Japan flours are most popular and in mid range , Flour from the West are most expensive. I am using Japan flours but really wanna try flour from Eu   

BTW I just "TAOBAO" some french flour from China haha

 

Some bread made with Japan flours

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NillaFish

Those are really nice breads you have there. I didn't know you could get KA in citysuper- when I went there I think they were sold out. I have tried using Japanese flours (from the shop 759). Have not tried TaoBao, but I think Japanese flours are great. 

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sawyerc

Besides, protein content of flours from 759 are too high for Eu-style breads.

You can find some 11% protein content Japan flours from baking shop.

What breads do u wanna make?

Actually, I will buy flours of 25Kg package from wholesaler and I am finding someone to share the flours. U can contact me if u are interested. It is so much cheaper (30% at least) !

NillaFish's picture
NillaFish

as I already stocked up on flour :). Usually I make sandwich breads which sometimes require a higher protein flour. I have yet to try the Japanese flours in the baking shops.