Is All Ap, Bleached Enriched Flour The Same?

Baking By emilyc262 Updated 25 Feb 2010 , 1:45pm by TracyLH

emilyc262 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:35am
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I've never had a problem with NFSC until today. My cookies spread all over the place. Only change was I used Harvest flour from the 25lb bag that I got at Costco. I usually use whatever AP bleached from the grocery that is on sale. Only change was the flour but I thought AP flour was all the same. Anyone know what the difference is? Are AP, enriched, bleached flours suppose to be the same? I'm annoyed. I mixed up 4 batches and just baked one. Not sure what to do with the rest.

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KathysCC Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:52am
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I have a link saved that describes the different types of flour. Maybe this will help you.

emilyc262 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:59am
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That is interesting- especially about the storage of it. Didn't know that about freezing to kill bugs (grosss) and wheat flour.

I guess I'm trying to figure out if AP bleached flour varies from brand to brand. Do some brands have fillers or something that would mess up my results? Or did I just have one of those days. Probably the lattericon_smile.gif

KathysCC Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:29am
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I am sure there are small variations from brand to brand but I wouldn't think it was enough to cause major changes in how a cake bakes. I suppose the only way to tell is try it again with another brand.

all4cake Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:57am
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I do know they can differ in gluten long as they fall between a certain range, they're considered a/p...some are higher than others in that acceptable range.

I have found that when I make things using the a/p flour from the bulk bags from Sam's, some are less successful than others...two of my yeast bread recipes and my biscuits totally flop every time I use that flour for them (I keep telling myself it ain't the flour and try it again only to be disappointed and have to remake them with g/m a/p)....g/m is my brand of choice. Maybe it's the bulk quantities that's the problem....?

TracyLH Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:45pm
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I tested a variety of flours and did see a difference in crumb and a bit in flavor. After testing, my favorite is also Gold Medal Unbleached AP flour. I just liked it best for its overall results and use it exclusively for my cookies, weighing my flour each time as it gives me consistent results.

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