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Can you make cake flour? Flour like in Europe?

berryblondeboys's picture
berryblondeboys

Can you make cake flour? Flour like in Europe?

Cake flour really is better than regular unbleached flour, but I HATE that it's bleached and not the "organic" as I want... but can I mill it myself? Or is it a special process?

Also, my husband's family is from Croatia and NONE of the cake and pastry or bread recipes turn out the same as they do in Europe and we are sure it's the flour... can I mimick that here somehow??? Anyone?

 

Melissa

 

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PaddyL's picture
PaddyL

You should be able to find this in a health food store, or in the 'organic' section of a large supermarket.  But generally speaking, cake flour is not good for making yeast breads as it is too low in gluten.

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fancypantalons

"Cake flour really is better than regular unbleached flour"

That's like saying a hammer is better than a screwdriver. :)

The primary difference between cake and AP flour is gluten content, and which you should use entirely depends on the application.

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mkelly27

Listed flour substitutions in one of their publications.  I believe it was adding 1 tsp. cornstarch to 1 cup AP flour to make cake flour.

 

YMMV

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