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Whether you are a baker, pastry chef, pastry chef or pastry chef, choosing the right type of flour can be difficult, especially if you are a novice baker.
The type of flour you use greatly influences the success of your baking attempt. There are so many different types on the market, making it a little harder to know what kind of flour to keep in your pantry and when to use it.
This handy guide will get you started on learning about flour for the best baking possible.
Cake flour is a bleached flour that absorbs more liquid and rises higher. That is why it is perfect for baking cakes. Many of your cake recipes will call for all-purpose flour, but there are times when you might find yourself digging for cake flour. Its low protein content (6-8 percent) and very smooth, fine consistency gives baked goods a tender texture and high consistency.
The Autolevante is a flour that contains baking powder, so it is always important to buy it in smaller quantities as it loses its rising power over time. This is a low protein (about 8-10%) all-purpose flour with salt and baking powder mixed in.
Whole wheat flour
As the name suggests, it is made from the whole grain of wheat, including the bran (protective outer layer), endosperm (the starch from the seed that surrounds it, used in white flour) and the germ (the seed). Its protein content is 13 to 14 percent. The fat in wheat germ can go rancid, so it should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Whole wheat flour will give your baked goods a nutty flavor, darker color and more consistent texture. It is best for making muffins and quick bread.
All purpose flour
All Purpose Flour is considered the best flour to have in your kitchen because it has a longer shelf life. He is often called “the jack-of-all-trades”. This versatile staple is what you’ll get most of the time for just about anything: cookies, cakes, muffins, brownies, and even bread and pizza dough. So if you keep one type of flour in your pantry, this is it. The brand you use makes a difference to some extent as the protein content can vary from 10-12% and is worth checking before you buy.