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Diluting gluten content with non-wheat flours?

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Doc.Dough

Diluting gluten content with non-wheat flours?

In the search for a lower protein flour than I can procure locally, it occurred to me that it might be possible to get the effect by diluting a bread flour with some other gluten-free flour (e.g., rice, besan, tapioca starch, ...). And absent any usable clues from Google, TFL seemed like a logical place to inquire.

Does anybody have any experience (or even suggestions without experience, since I have none and can remain unbiased for at least one trial)?

If I don't get something either useful or at least interesting I will just do it.

Doc

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phaz

I hear a little cornstarch has been used to make high gluten flour more like cake flour. I tried it once for laughs a long time ago - don't exactly remember how much (couple teaspoons maybe) and didn't really notice much difference in anything. May have been to little to make a difference in my 17% protein flour. Google it for more details.

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Doc.Dough

I wonder if there is anything different about it that would deter the naturally occuring (and added) amylase enzymes in wheat flour from breaking down cornstarch into maltose.

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phaz

Couldn't tell ya, but I figured it was the cornstarch trapping water so it wasn't available for gluten formation. And just had another thought - look for flour milled from soft or summer wheat - it's usually used for cake flour as the gluten is weaker and not as much of it.

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Sabina

Try searching for "cake flour substitute". Lots of results come up which recommend mixing cornstarch or arrowroot flour or other gluten-free flours with all-purpose flour.