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Bread flour vs All purpose flour?

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Question on types of flour, from Bouchon Bakery book

December 4, 2012 - 6:20am -- bread_chemist

I recently obtained a copy of T. Keller's Bouchin Bakery, which I greatly enjoyed.  I am, however, perplexed by use of AP flour instead of bread flour throughout the book.  Is there a reason for this? I assume this makes for a lighter crumb?  I do note that most of the recipes specify to knead the dough for 20 mintues.  Could the extended kneading time (I usually use 4 to 8 minutes) compensate for the lower gluten content in the AP flour?  If using bread flour in these recipes, then, should one decrease kneading time?

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Central Milling Bread Flour

November 13, 2012 - 9:25pm -- vircabutar

Hello all,

I've seen old posts where folks would take a trip together and split bags of central milling flour. I was wondering if anyone has a good stock of bread flour (any kind would be great) and would be willing to share, or if anyone would like to take a trip together to Petaluma to get some flour sometimes soon/before the holiday season starts. 

Let me know! 


Thanks, Ray

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