What makes pasta dough different from bread dough, or pie dough?
The liquid ingredient in pasta is eggs. In bread or pie crust it is milk or water. Bread and pie crust also contain some kind of fat like shortening, lard, oil, margarine or butter. The fat content comes from the eggs in pasta.
Pasta is usually made with Durum wheat, also called semolina, it is a hard winter wheat with a lot of gluten which makes it the "hardest" wheat flour, this gives pasta its structure so it does not easily become mushy when cooked. Eggs come in only when making egg pasta like egg noodles, otherwise pasta is made with just Durum wheat, salt and water.
Bread is usually made with bread flour, this is second in the amount of gluten present. Gluten is needed because in bread it creates the structure, when bread is kneaded the gluten forms little strings that hold the bread together and allow the yeast to raise the bread. Without enough gluten bread would be flat and gummy.
Pie dough is usually made with pastry or cake flour, these flours have the least amount of gluten and the combination of "soft" pastry flour plus fat creates a tender and hopefully flaky pastry. If you make pie crust with bread flour it would come out very tough and chewy instead of tender.
Finally there is all purpose flour which comes out someplace in the middle of the amount of gluten present. All purpose flour does a fairly good job in most cases but it is a poor choice for pasta.
by dtlaird 11 years ago
After proofing the bread dough, what's the best way to get the loaf to the peel without it stickingWood Oven Bread Question: When we tried to get the loaf from the proofing surface to the peel, the dough sticks to the proofing surface, even with a dusting of cornmeal. The bread dough was...
by peachy 7 years ago
Why my bread dough doesn't double its' size when I put it on top my of fridge?It remained the same dough original size after 2 hours. I felt my hands on the fridge, it is warm but not the bowl of bread dough...
by Helena Ricketts 8 years ago
What is your favorite bread recipe?I make bread all the time, never buy it at the store so I'm always on the lookout for good bread recipes!
by Andrew Spacey 7 months ago
What's your favourite gluten free food, recipe or meal?Do you have to eat gluten free food because of an allergic reaction? Intolerance to gluten is on the increase with many suffering from upsetting symptoms when they eat gluten rich food. Do you have to lose taste and texture because of being...
by nelsonmichaelr 10 years ago
Explain 3-2-1 pie dough?Baking
by Susan Zutautas 8 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?
Copyright © 2021 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|