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What is the difference between all purpose flours, self rising flours and bleached and unbleached flours? Get the quick and simple answers here!

The Difference Between All Purpose Flours Self Rising Flours And Bleached And Unbleached Baking Flours

What’s The Difference Between Baking Flours?

Rose Asks:

What is the difference between all purpose flours, self rising flours and bleached and unbleached flours? Sometimes the bag just says flour… I want to start cooking from scratch but I am not sure of what flours I need to use. Thanks…

All Purpose Flour, Bleached And Unbleached Flour

All purpose, bleached and unbleached flour can all be used interchangeably. The main difference is that unbleached flour has slightly more nutrients in it then the others. All purpose flour is what is used mostly in baking. For a beginner cook use all purpose flour unless the recipe states otherwise.

 Cake Flour

If you don’t have cake flour on hand, it is perfectly OK to substitute 2 tablespoons less per cup of all purpose flour. In other words if the recipe calls for 1 cup of cake flour then you use 1 cup minus 2 Tblsp. of all purpose flour.

Self Rising Flour

Self rising flour already has the salt and leavening mixed into it. A lot of bakers don’t like to use it because it can lose it’s potency. It is usually not recommended for bread.

I could go into all the scientific this and that about protein percent and different things but sometimes I think we get to much information and it just discourages us from trying something because we are afraid to try it.

If you find a flour in the store that just says “flour”, it is generally all purpose flour. I hope your scratch cooking goes well!

Jill

 

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