Thursday, May 1

MAKE IT: White or Whole Wheat Bread Flour, Self-Rising Flour, andCakeFlour

I do a lot of baking, you may even say I do a considerably large quantity of baking on a weekly basis. In most baking travels you will come across various types of flour, the four most common are All-purpose, Bread, Cake, and Self-Rising. All of which I use on a regular basis. However, I almost never keep more than All-purpose on hand. 

Most of the time I actually just write recipes accounting for the difference between these flours. But today I am going to share my secrets behind having all of these at your finger tips, without needing to keep them on hand.

All of these flours can be made white or whole wheat in four easy steps. Measure, Edit, Combine, Sift. Ready to see how five minutes will save money and pantry space? Here we go!

To begin you will need to gather the required/desired ingredients you will need. I am going to do this in a one cup increment for you.

For Bread Flour:
1 cup -1 tsp all purpose flour
1 tsp vital wheat gluten

For Bread Flour (with hint of earthiness or nuttiness):
1 cup -2 tsp all purpose flour
1 tsp vital wheat gluten
1 tsp whole wheat flour

For Whole Wheat Bread Flour:
1/2-3/4 cup -1 tsp all purpose flour
1/2-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp vital wheat gluten
(This is a tougher one. Depending on what you are making you need the all purpose flour blend to rise/hold form.)

For Cake Flour:
1 cup -1 tbsp all purpose flour 
1 tbsp cornstarch

For Whole Wheat Cake Flour:
1 cup -1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp cornstarch

For Self Rising Flour:
1 cup -2 tsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

For Whole Wheat Self Rising Flour:
1 cup -1 1/2 tsp whole wheat flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Let's begin in our four steps:

Step 1: Measure
To ensure accuracy always measure out 1 full flat and even cup of flour. Place this in a bowl and set aside

Now measure out your add in ingredients and set aside.

Step 2: Edit
Remove required flour from bowl, to ensure accuracy do not attempt to do this in measuring cup, flour will try to spill out sides when you scoop in. And use the same measuring spoon you used to measure out the add ins.

Step 3: Combine
Add into the bowl your pre-measure add ins. Give them a quick whisk.

Step 4: Sift
Sift contents of bowl together into a nice clean bowl. This will ensure they combine and distribute evenly.

Done, use in your favorite recipe and zip lock any leftovers for future use. Cheers!