To some of us, knowing which type of flour to use when bread baking is a complete mystery so we sat down with our friends at Allinson to find out which flour we should be using to achieve your best loaves.
Strong White Bread Flour
It is important to use bread flour when baking a loaf. Some denser loaf recipes such as soda breads may use plain flour but this really is the exception. Strong white bread flour has a high protein level required to bake the perfect loaf. It is really versatile and can even be used to bake pizza dough and pasta.
Very Strong White Bread Flour
Very strong white bread flour has even higher protein content than the strong white bread flour. This guarantees a fuller rise and when blended with other flours such as rye and wholemeal will help give a rounder loaf.
Very Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour
This type of flour is ideal for making a wholemeal loaf. Wholemeal bread flour is typically denser than white bread flour and often recipes will specify a higher volume of water to offset this. If you prefer a lighter loaf you could combine half strong white bread flour and half wholemeal flour.
Seed & Grain Bread Flour/ Wholemeal Seed & Grain Bread Flour
For a more textured loaf try baking with Seed and Grain bread flour. This can be used in the same manner as wholemeal or white bread flour however as it is blended with wheat and barley flakes, kibbled rye, sunflower seeds, millet and linseed these extra ingredients really add a special touch to your loaf.
Country Grain Flour
If you are looking to achieve a granary style loaf then Country Grain bread flour would be the recommended flour of choice. The combination of white bread flour, malted wheat flakes, rye flour and malted barley flour gives a great flavour and texture to your loaf.
All these flours are suitable for use in bread machines using either the ‘white’ or ‘wholemeal’ basic settings.
Some recipes may simply specify ‘strong white flour’ or ‘wholemeal flour’ which can be confusing. However, if you are in doubt, remember that using the correct bread flour is essential to achieving a delicious well baked loaf.
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