American flour

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asb

American flour

I know it is different from British flour in content. Will the cake recipes still work?

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Kayb

Flours

Hi ASB, it should make no difference to your baking. I have used English flours for my American recipes in England, and American/Canadian flours with my English recipes in Canada. Just remember that AP (all purpose) flour is the same as our plain, Americans do have self rising (not raising) flour - but it is difficult to get.
Hope this helps
Karen

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asb

American flour

Thank-you for your info. I was told by someone who bakes British food commercially in the US that they had to buy special flour for their recipes since regular American flour did not work so well for them. However no-one else seems worried about it so I will just go ahead.

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Kayb

Flour

Hi asb, I think if you are baking in commercial quantities, that the flour would make a difference - but in home baking amounts it shouldn't make a discernible difference.
If you are worried go to the 'King 'Arthur' flour or 'Robin Hood' site. these are both N.American sites and may be of help.
Karen

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flo44

American Flour

I'm not sure if British flour is soft or hard but Canadian flour is made from soft wheat and produces a lighter product than American flour, which is made from hard wheat. I use American all purpose flour in my kitchen.

According to Julia Child, an American chef, she called for butter along with a bit of vegetable shortening (similar to Trex in Britain) in many of her recipes. The shortening helps to tenderize the U.S. flour. I only follow that if I'm making piecrust, to achieve a flakier result, otherwise I use American flour in the quantity called for in the Canadian, American and British recipes that make up my cooking library. Flo

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Welshcookie

Canadian flour

Canadian flour comes in hard and soft varieties. Hard flour is for bread. Soft flour is for cakes. There are exceptions to this of course, but it is a useful rule of thumb.

Costco for example sells bags of Canadian hard flour for bread baking and it is considered of the best quality for that purpose.

 
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