Balchedre Watermill Flour alternative ?
I have really enjoyed working with the Organic, stoneground, unbleached,Strong white bread flour from Balchedre Watermill in Wales. I love its extensibility , and how smooth it becomes, even when mixed with wholemeal. I normally work with 70 % hydration formula and Slap & Fold kneading. (I can happily let it prove for long time too). I love that there are no flour improvers or suchlike added, except those compulsory by law. I have also found the texture just right and a lovely nutty taste.
I had started off using a very well known (in UK) flour company, which is relatively cheap and okay quality, but I don't like the additives they use in both yeast and flour, and was glad to finish my stockpile of it, and be able to support a smaller, British miller.
Unfortunately Amazon just cancelled my subscription/regular delivery. A hunt online doesn't reveal much other than mill went on sale in 2014, and company finally dissolved last December. The websites who recommended this brand in various articles, seem to have no mention of the closure. There are some stockists still, but obviously they are selling off final bags. So I need to find a replacement. I had been planning to change to buying sacks of this flour.
Does anyone know of a flour with similar qualities , perhaps you used it yourself and have a new favourite ? I will certainly keep experimenting with different flours , but had hoped to make this my regular everyday supply, so would be really glad to find a similar flour, preferably supporting UK farms and mills.