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Can I use regular flour instead of bread flour when baking bread?

I only have "regular" flour in the house and I want to bake bread but the recipe calls for bread flour.

asked by chef of the future 2000 over 6 years ago

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creamtea
creamtea

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added over 6 years ago

you can use regular flour, but the texture will be shorter.

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boggler
added over 6 years ago

Bread flour has more gluten in it so the texture of the bread will be different than with regular flour.

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boulangere
boulangere

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added over 6 years ago

You can, but it's likely not to rise or hold its risen shape as well as if you used bread flour. AP flour has a protein content of 10-10.5%, where BF's is 12-12.5%. That doesn't sound like much, but in fact it's almost a difference of 20%. I'd suggest really watching the proofing time, both on the first and second proofings, and cutting it short to be safe.

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