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luvtobakenow

Flour type

I live in Jamaica and there is a popular flour here called "counter flour" it looks like unbleached flour as it is not pure white. But the texture is almost like a pastry flour. It is the most used flour on the island as it is cheaper than AP or Cake and Pastry flour.    Having searched online I cannot find it anywhere.  Therefore, if using for anything, I have to make adjustments which in some cases has caused failures when trying to use the same measurements as AP flour.  I would like to know if anyone has any experience  using this flour or knows anything about it.  I have found that I use about 1Tbsp of gluten flour to 3 C of flour for my bread machine.  Otherwise, I am not getting the rise that I want in my bread.  I use cup for cup in cakes, cookies etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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tchism

According to the site below its a soft wheat flour for crackers, cookies or dumplings. 

http://www.adm.com/en-US/Milling/Caribbean/Pages/default.aspx

Soft wheat typically is low in gluten so you are on the right track with the addition of gluten. You might also try adding diastatic malt powder. Its made from sprouted barley but sprouted wheat will work too to make it. The grains are sprouted, dried and ground to a powder. It would work well with the additional gluten you add to promote a good rise in the bread.

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luvtobakenow

Thank you, I am grateful that you were able to find a website for the description.  I do not have the availability of the grains to attempt the sprouting.  I do have ground flax seed, do you think a Tbsp of this would improve the rise?  The gluten does give a good rise, but I do find that the bread really does not have the crumb quality(actually has a lot of crumb)  that I like and goes stale very quickly. 

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tchism

I don't know that flax will help with bread rising. You can, however, order diastatic malt powder from King Arthur on line.

Good luck!