I have a flour question..please answer only if you know.

United States
June 18, 2007 11:54am CST
I was wondering if bread flour can be used in place of all purpose flour. I have been doing it, and didn't see much difference. Is there? Please don't respond with "you don't know and wish you did." Thank you. I am serious with this question.
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@GardenGerty (102593)
• United States
18 Jun 07
My experience has been that it works alright to do that. I believe bread flour just has more gluten, and is ground from a particular type of wheat. When I am out of all purpose flour, I think nothing of using a little of the bread flour. Maybe finer, professional cooks would notice the difference. I am just a down home, seat of the pants cook, and I have had good luck so far. I will keep an eye out and see what other people have to tell you. I may learn a thing or two.
• United States
18 Jun 07
Thanks for your help sugar. That is all I have in the house, because I bake so many breads, and find it works the best.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Jun 07
http://grainblog.wheatfoods.org/?p=9 This will tell you the difference. You can use regular flour instead however the absolutel best results will be with the proper flour. Of course what did people do in the old days? Be careful with bread products and your hubbies condition!! Take care!
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Willowlady, thanks for the link. I was trying to find it on the net, and couldn't. That is why I posted it here. Thanks for your advise, you are such a sweetheart. Hope all is coming along better at your end sweets.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Margie-- You may find that the texture of your baked good is different when you use bread flour as it is finer ground that all-purpose flour. Think of it as super-sifted all-purpose flour. It will lead to denser cookies and other baked products and might slightly effect your cooking times, but not enough to notice or even worry about.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Thank you sugar. I was hoping it would not make a lot of difference. I use mostly bread flour, as I make lots of breads all week.
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Yes it can I have done it before and both ways! I have substituted all purpose flour while making bread.
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• United States
19 Jun 07
And the results were what? I don't see any difference.
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• United States
19 Jun 07
Exactly I didn't see any difference either!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I haven't made homemade bread in years...mmm...might start again, as I love that wonderful yeasty smell as bread rises...I never used bread flour...don't know why....but I was just curious myself as to the differences...and came up with this link http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/equivalents_substitutions.asp?index=B&tid=1839 It seems bread flour has a higher gluten content which makes bread rise better...other than than it's the same..and maybe being the higher gluten content...who knows? Might be healthier in the long run--do you use it also say for muffins, pies??
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• United States
19 Jun 07
I have been using bread flour for everthing. My breads, cakes and muffins and rolls. I don't see a difference with it versa regular flower.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Well then....I think it's about time then that I started using it...
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@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I'm not sure if a replacment for flour is bread, bread has yeast, sugar, salt, milk, and eggs. could that affect your recipe having all those ingredients. Peace, Totty
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@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Sorry I read the discussion to myself again and I read it wrong. I didn't see the word bread flour. In that case it is a little courser than all purpose flour. I do not know.
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• United States
19 Jun 07
Thanks for trying to help out sugar.
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@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I am almost positive that bread flour and all purpose are the same thing, my stepmom uses the both of them. The only one that is different to my knowledge is self rising. Hope this helps.