What would happen if I used the wrong flour?

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  1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 10 years ago

    What would happen if I used the wrong flour?

    I bought cake flour and bread flour from the bulk food store. I forgot to mark on the bag which was which. Is  there a visual way to tell which is which and how would it affect bread or a cake if I use the wrong one?

  2. keljelbel profile image60
    keljelbelposted 10 years ago

    There is a way to tell the difference between the two flours. If you feel both of the flours between your fingertips, the cake flour will have a softer texture/ feel to it.  Cake flour does not have the gluten content like bread flour so it make a softer product. (The gluten in flour provides structure to baked items.) You can use them interchangeably, But keep in mind that the bread flour will make a more stiffer cake and the cake flour will make a softer structure bread.

    1. MicheleFrazier profile image82
      MicheleFrazierposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, what keljelbel said. That's it. It's easy to tell.

    2. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, I'll give that a try.

  3. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 10 years ago

    Good move, Susan!!   No shopping stars for you.  This would be a very typical "Paula" thing........only worse and more often, I'm sure.  It's so nice to have company.smile
    If I were you.....and of course, we may be more alike than you'd wish......I'd so back to the store with the flour and my receipt....and check the flours in the bins....If you can't tell the difference, I'd plead my case to the manager and see if he'd be kind enough to give you 2 new bags......just be sweet!.....UP+++

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Paula, That would be a great idea except I bought the flours at different times .. but I think I'll try the flour feel test that Keljelbel suggested. If I still can't figure it out then I'll take the flour back and ask the bulk store to help me. TY

  4. DrMark1961 profile image97
    DrMark1961posted 10 years ago

    I had to laugh when I read your question! So what? I read recipes all the time telling me that I have to use a certain flour to make bread, cake, etc. Guess what? We only have one flour available. You can use a sifter on regular flour to make "cake flour", use it without sifting to make "bread flour". Its all good!

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks DrMark, Life would be easier if there was only one kind of flour here.

  5. profile image0
    ahorsebackposted 10 years ago

    Susan ,  I used the wrong flower along time ago, once !  I was trying to cheer up a woman friend I had  and gave her roses ! Seriouusly !  Then she told me " you idiot  ! Roses are for lovers !" ..........and so  there you have an answer !........:-}

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      smile Well you put a smile on my face. Thank you!

  6. Lipnancy profile image81
    Lipnancyposted 10 years ago

    I am a bread maker. And my husband came home with the wrong flour. So I decided to make it anyway and I have  to say that it works and tastes the same.

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's good to know. I won't hesitate using it then. Thanks.


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