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Can I substitute bread flour for all-purpose in a baking recipe?

asked by katiebakes over 4 years ago
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gt9
added over 4 years ago

Yes, as long as you aren't making a cake.

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added over 4 years ago

Bread flour has a higher protein content, so whatever you make won't have as tender a crumb as if you were using AP flour. If you have some cake flour, you might try combining a bit of it with the bread flour, to more closely approximate the AP flour.

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

I agree with gt9, but to the nix on cake I would add pie dough, cookies, muffins, scones . . . it might be easier to make a trip to the store. Alternatively, make bread!

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added over 4 years ago

Bread flour is really only suitable for bread, specifically chewy, crusty "artisan" type breads. I really wouldn't use it for anything else. It's higher protein, and will give you more gluten development, so your final product is going to be more chewy, tougher and less tender. Not a desireable quality in anything other than a hearty bread.

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added 3 months ago

I would recommend using part bread and part cake. When trying to equal it out know that All-purpose flour has 12g of protein, Bread flour has 16g protein and Cake flour has 11g of protein per one cup(8oz). so you only need a small amount of bread flour to cake flour. In my experience I would use 7.5 ounces of Cake flour to 0.5 ounce of Bread flour. All-purpose Flour also has .2grams of fat in it per ounce and the others so not so I add 1/4 Tbs of unsalted butter, melting it and just using the foam(fat), the oil is not needed. or this step can be left out it would not make a noticeable difference

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added 27 days ago

Can you believe I didn't know the answer to this question? Or perhaps I'm too lazy to go to the store for all-purpose flour—to make cake.

Hi, Angel. :-D

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boulangere

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added 27 days ago

@Leslie Fuquinay Miller No one is either perfect or psychic. Perhaps that's why the Hotline exists.

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added 27 days ago

The question is difficult to answer because it completely depends on what you're making. To add on to what everyone else has been saying, I would use this as an opportunity to make some good breads, pizza doughs, bagels.

There are a few recipes that I've seen bread flour in, that aren't bread, such as: http://www.foodnetwork.... But you're taking a gamble in general. I've subbed bread flour in some quick bread recipes like banana bread and cornbread, where I wanted a little more density. But I altered other ingredients to compensate. Its just not very seamless.

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added 25 days ago

I always add 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten for every cup of AP flour if I want bread flour!