what is a good substitute for bread flour?

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser January 2, 2011

It's not perfect but I find unbleached all-purpose flour a fine substitute for bread flour.

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mcs3000
mcs3000 January 2, 2011

Thank you, Amanda. I'll try it tonite. Have 9 flours, but out of bread flour..!

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Verdigris
Verdigris January 2, 2011

We keep vital gluten around for those occassions as well as just normal bread making. Bob's Red Mill has a good product.

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mcs3000
mcs3000 January 2, 2011

@Verdigris - Thank you for the tip and brand suggestion - will buy it.

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nutcakes
nutcakes January 3, 2011

If you have King Arthur, it is the highest protein AP flour I know of and will be a good sub. Hope this isn't too late.

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Savorykitchen
Savorykitchen January 3, 2011

Ditto nutcakes. I use King Arthur AP for all my baking and I bake a lot of breads. I found it to be too much trouble to keep so many flours on hand. Also, I took a breadmaking course at King Arthur and they use their AP in the excellent breads they bake for their bakeshop - I figure if it's good enough for them, it more than good enough for me!

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mcs3000
mcs3000 January 3, 2011

@nutcakes and @savorykitchen: I use King Arthur AP - great to know about it's protein factor. Currently, I have a lot of flours on hand because I'm baking my way through "Good to the Grain." Finally, thank you all for your comments - learned so much! I'm actually glad I ran out of bread flour.

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