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A question about french flour

What type/ classification for flour is used for cake baking in France? T55 or higher? The designations are a bit confusing.

asked by Incognito over 1 year ago
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added over 1 year ago

European flour numbers classify ash content after the flour has been incinerated. Here in the USA, flours are labeled by use.

This Aida Mollenkamp article from Chowhound has approximate equivalents between US and European flours:


Type 45 flour is the closest to American cake flour.

David Leibovitz has some notes on this page:


Good luck.

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added over 1 year ago

Thank you cv. Does anyone know where to purchase Type 45 in the US? Online will do. I haven't been able to find anything lower than T 55 "pastry flour."

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added over 1 year ago

Check the King Arthur flour website they have at least one of the French flours and might be able to assist you with what you are looking for

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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

David Lebovitz did a little article about American baking in France and he had links to flour comparisons that you can check out, http://www.davidlebovitz...

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Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 1 year ago

I remember seeing French flour at Eli’s Vinegar Factory or Fairway in NYC--but that was quite a while ago and I have no idea if they ship.

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