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Flours

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VonildaBakesBread

Flours

Is there a difference between white whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flour?

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MangoChutney

White whole wheat flour is flour made from a strain of wheat that has fewer tannins, thus appearing light tan rather than reddish brown.  The only white wheat I have bought is hard spring wheat.  The flour from this wheat is pretty much the opposite of pastry flour.  Pastry flour is made from soft wheat.

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VonildaBakesBread

Yep. The lady at the store said "Our pastry flour is made from white wheat." I suspected something was not the same, but I'd not learned there was a hard and a soft white wheat. Got to educate her, too, after your comments. Too bad I can't get whole white wheat flour here, but I'm glad I can get whole wheat pastry flour. Thanks for clarifying. Once again, I love this forum!

Blessings,

Voni