Best flour for making focaccia?

I'm eager to try the focaccia featured today and not sure what kind of flour to use. I typically use King Arthur but not sure if I should use bread, pastry or other?

  • Posted by: Tempe
  • July 23, 2015
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5 Comments

PieceOfLayerCake July 23, 2015
I use King Arthur bread flour for focaccia. I like lots of chew in my focaccia. All-purpose flour would work, though.
 
AntoniaJames July 23, 2015
Use bread flour; its stronger gluten allows for more stretch, resulting in more and larger air holes, which you want in focaccia. I usually buy King Arthur, but any national brand of bread flour that hasn't been on the shelf too long should be fine. I bake artisanal and sandwich breads of all kinds, at least several times a week, and have been for quite a while (as in, decades). In my experience, using bread flour does make a difference with yeast doughs. ;o)
 
ChefJune July 23, 2015
I'm sure your King Arthur is fine. I've been successfully baking bread for decades, and have never used any of the specialty "bread flours." I first started using King Arthur flour when I moved to the East Coast, and I think they have fine products.
 
Claire S. July 23, 2015
I also use all purpose flour for focaccia. It's such a light and fluffy bread I think bread flour would be too dense.
 
Stephanie G. July 23, 2015
I use King Arthur all purpose with great results. I also use King Arthur white whole wheat as a part of the flour amount in focaccia recipes.
 
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