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?
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.
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.
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+++
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
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!
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 !........:-}
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.
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