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What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

Whether you are making a quick batch of scones or preparing pie dough, there are many recipes that require you to cut butter into flour. Cutting the butter into flour is an essential step for producing a tender, flaky pastry – but it is also a step that intimidates a lot of bakers who haven’t had much experience with the technique. There are several methods ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Self Rising Flour

How to Make Self Rising Flour at Home

Most of my recipes call for all purpose flour and it is a staple ingredient in most kitchens. As you can tell from the name, it’s good for a wide variety of baked goods, from cookies to cakes to breads. Another popular flour is known as “self rising flour.” Self-rising flour has a leavening agent and salt already added to it, which means that you ... Read More »

Do you have to sift cake flour before using it?

The difference between sifted and unsifted cake flour

Cake flour is a finely milled, low protein flour that is known for its ability to create cakes with a very even, soft and tender crumb. As the name suggests, it is excellent for making cakes and is commonly found in pound cakes and angel food cakes. Almost every recipe that calls for cake flour asks that you sift it before using, while recipes that ... Read More »

What is bleached flour?

What is Bleached Flour?

Bleached flour is wheat flour that has had a chemical whitening agent added to it. The whitening process gives the flour a lighter color and a softer texture than unbleached flour, but it does not have much of an impact on the flavor of the flour when compared to unbleached all purpose flour. In addition to lightening the color, bleaching also lowers the protein content ... Read More »

What does sifting flour do?

Sifting Flour

Some recipes call for sifting your flour. Other recipes call for flour that has been sifted. Still other recipes don’t specify whether your flour needs to be sifted or not – and with all the options, this raises the question of what does sifting flour actually do? Sifting flour is a way of aerating your flour and making sure that there are no large lumps ... Read More »

What is unbleached flour?

Unbleached All Purpose Flour

Unbleached flour is refined flour that has not had any whitening agents added to it. Bleached flour is flour that has been whitened – i.e. bleached – using chemicals. Bleaching flour does not have much of an impact on the flavor of the flour – although some people say that they can taste the difference, so if you are very sensitive you may fall into ... Read More »

What is bread flour?

Bread Flour

Bread flour is a high protein flour that is intended to be used in yeast breads and designed to give you a better result in those breads than you would get with another type of flour. The high protein content means that the flour has more gluten in it. The increased amount of gluten allows doughs make with bread flour to be extremely elastic, and ... Read More »

What is cake flour?

Box of Cake Flour

All purpose flour is the standard flour for home baking, but a glance down a well equipped grocery store baking aisle is enough to tell you that there are many other types of flour available for baking. Cake flour is one of them and, if you like to bake, it should be a staple in your kitchen. Cake flour is a low protein flour that ... Read More »

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