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#1 Fri 14 Dec 12 4:44pm

Blueladder

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All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Hi Everybody,

I always buy the best premium flour Tesco have which is usually Allison's extra strength bread flour or Hovis Super Strength premium bread flour. 

These make an adequate loaf, which is tasty (as tasty as any in the shop!!) and has a good texture.  I'm really just talking wholemeal bread flour and white bread flour.

Two days ago I broke my rule!!!!!!

Tesco had sold out of the premium flours and I had to buy Tesco own brand strong wholemeal flour.  It felt gritty and didn't bind properly... the loaf is crumbly so has to be cut thick and has a very poor texture.  The taste lacks any subtlety or nuttiness and is only really fit for toast with lots of butter and jam.  My poor waist!!!

I'd be really interested what your favorite flour is for wholemeal and white bread, whether you can get that in general stores or only specialist ones, whether you can or do buy in bulk and any storage difficulties.  I know there are loads of specialist flours but I'm really focusing on what the ordinary home baker might use.

Let's share the love on flour!!!!

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#2 Fri 14 Dec 12 4:55pm

hippytea

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

My favourite flour is cheap flour!

If the budget is tight, I'll make bread with value-brand plain flour. If things are a bit easier, I'll splash for bread flour, but generally own-brand. It doesn't take much before the price of making bread at home exceeds that of buying it. I love bread making for its own sake, but at the moment it's mainly a money-saving thing.

I haven't found the problems you mention with own-brand flours. I have no doubt the branded ones are better, but I find you can coax a good loaf out of almost any flour with enough time, kneading and TLC. A bit of extra moisture helps too, especially with rough wholemeal.

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#3 Fri 14 Dec 12 5:24pm

Blueladder

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Thanks...

That's useful to know - I've still got a bag to use up so I'll try adding more water and double my kneading time!  With the more expensive ones you don't need to knead very long to get a nice loaf and you never seem to have to adjust the water.

Taste is a very personal thing - as is what budget and time restrictions we've all got to work under!!

On cost though I still save about a third on bought loaves (even the cheap spongy white ones) with premium flour.  I costed every single thing including gas and the baking paper to line the tray.  It came out at 70p for a home made loaf and about a 1.10 for a bought one... which isn't a fair comparison as home made is much nicer than the cheap ones and should really be compared with the fresh baked ones on the shelves which are more expensive.

Paul

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#4 Fri 14 Dec 12 6:14pm

Thistledo

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

I'd like to try Canadian/North American flour.  Allegedly the very best to use.  Tesco don't stock it!  So, I stick to Allinsons - a long established producer and suits my breadmaker very well.  I also use Hovis granary flour for my breadmaker.

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#5 Fri 14 Dec 12 6:23pm

hippytea

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Blueladder wrote:

It came out at 70p for a home made loaf and about a 1.10 for a bought one
Paul

Hmm. Shop bought bread is cheaper here!

I totally agree about it not being a fair comparison. It is immensely satisfying that even when using value brand plain flour (which equates to about 30p a loaf), I'm getting something of hugely higher standard than the foam rubber alternative. Plus I love making bread, so it's win-win.

The only problem is we eat the home made stuff faster!

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#6 Fri 14 Dec 12 6:28pm

hippytea

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

I should add that I always add honey, brown sugar or black treacle to a wholemeal loaf to bring out the flavour.

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#7 Fri 14 Dec 12 7:30pm

Blueladder

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Don't know if I just posted this but as it's not appeared... I'll say it again... black treacle sounds yummy!!

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#8 Fri 14 Dec 12 10:39pm

The White Rabbit

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Chestnut flour...but i'm gluten free. It makes gluten free bread (especially darina allen's gluten free soda bread recipe) amazing when replacing about half the other gluten free flours.

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#9 Sat 15 Dec 12 9:49pm

mummza

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Re: All things flour!!! ... Which is your favorite flour? Where to get it?

Thistledo wrote:

I'd like to try Canadian/North American flour.  Allegedly the very best to use.  Tesco don't stock it!  So, I stick to Allinsons - a long established producer and suits my breadmaker very well.  I also use Hovis granary flour for my breadmaker.

If you have a waitrose near to you they stock Canadian flour in their range .
The Canadian Wholemeal four is one that my darling loves to use in his bread maker .

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