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Can I substitute quinoa flour for bleached flour in a baking recipe?

I wanted to substitute Quinoa Flour for bleached in an apple nut-bread recipe - will it work, any adjustments for similar substitutions in general?
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How does the Croatian system of flour categorization correspond to the systems of Western Europe and USA?

1) In my country we have following types of wheat flour - T-400/T-450 and these 2 are white, T-500/T-550 (also white), T-850 (brown) and T-1100/T-1600 (black), however when I googled this I didn't ...
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Is there any substitute for vital wheat gluten?

There's pizza dough recipe which calls for vital wheat gluten and I cant find it anywhere in India. Is there any substitute for it?Can I use seitan as a substitute? Thanks
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Gluten tester; simple and fast

I am looking for a simple and fast gluten level tester (electronic is fine) There are the testers available for people with Coeliac's which require making a solution from a food sample, and then ...
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Does glutinous rice flour function differently from regular rice flour as a coating?

I am going to try making wasabi peas despite a dearth of recipes online. I've read the list of ingredients of several brands, most (including my favorite) contain glutinous rice flour. Others contain ...
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Can I add extra eggs instead of xanthan gum?

I want to convert my grandmothers pie crust recipe. The whole recipe is: 3 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 3/2 cups Crisco (butter flavor) 1 egg 1 tsp vinegar 5 Tbsp cold water Mix flour, ...
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Is there any advantage to resting (banana) bread batter?

I make several different types of breads (apple, banana, etc.). All of them have some commonalities, which includes that they start out life as a batter, don't require yeast (baking soda and hot water ...
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Wheat Flour Vs. wheat gluten

Is it okay to use whole wheat flour instead of vital wheat gluten for a recipe?. Would there be any noticeable flavor and texture changes?
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What qualifies to be an “all purpose flour”?

I have Atta, and also Maida. Which one of them qualifies as all purpose flour? If this all purpose flour has got some special name, please enlighten me.
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Why does the kneaded dough form a skin when exposed to air and what are the possible ways to prevent the skin formation?

I knead the whole wheat flour with water and when I am done I keep it covered with a loose lid on the kitchen counter for a hour. I have noticed that a brown coloured skin gets formed on the surface ...
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Do I need to sift flour for quick breads?

I am making mini quick breads for Christmas. The recipe calls for 3 cups of flour. Do I need to sift the flour? If so, should I sift it before or after measuring?
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Is US flour significantly different than it used to be, or than flour outside of the US?

I encountered this statement elsewhere: The wheat in the US has been genetically modified to be much higher in gluten. People who live in other countries and then come here cannot use their ...
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Is there an alternative to spreading flour when rolling the dough?

Today, when I was rolling the dough for my Podpłomyk, I noticed that I actually need to use quite a lot of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and the board. Is there a way ...
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Making Roux when Flour is Missing

I like making sauces from scratch, starting with a roux. Today, I discovered there's no flour in the kitchen. A quick trip to the store is not possible. What could I use instead? (Note that my ...
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bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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Flour in the roux

There are a great many questions here about roux. This is about the best ratio of flour to butter (fat), and also whether the type of flour (protein content) affects this ratio. Let me explain. Roux ...
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problems with buttermilk biscuits

I found the following recipe for buttermilk biscuits: mix 2c flour, 1tsp salt, 1Tbsp baking soda cut 6Tbsp cold butter into mix add 1c buttermilk pat and fold on floured surface, cut into round ...
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How to estimate amount of all purpose flour for roux?

I was making some roux for white sauce for pasta and followed instructions to the dot. (All purpose flour == butter == 4tbsp. 2 cups milk.) But the milk was very very thin (the only variant we get ...
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Is “instant flour” worth bothering with?

I have not used "instant flour" before as it is not available in my home country, and I have never seen it on my travels I have seen a few references to it in North American cooking though. Does this ...
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How to substitute flour with nutritional yeast

I am planning on making a pretty standard (read: whichever pops up first in Google) recipe for Broccoli Cheddar soup; i.e. brocolli, cheddar, chicken stock, and about 1/2 cup flour per 4 bowls of ...
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Is it okay to mix bread flour and all-purpose flour when making a pizza dough?

From where I'm from, I can't find 00 flour or semolina flour. The flours we have from local markets are just bread flour, all-purpose flour, cake flour, and wheat flour (with no classification). I'm ...
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Which type of flour would be better to use in this case?

I have 450g whole wheat white flour and I would like to bake a bread which needs 500g. I have also different types of flour, corn and barley flour, Which one to use for that 50g shortage of flour? ...
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Making whole wheat bread in a bread machine? What kind of flour?

Disclaimer: I may not know what I'm talking about, feel free to correct me if you think I'm making a fundamental error. I just got a bread machine and I love it. It's so easy! But I'm ...
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How to remove quinoa bitterness (with many restrictions) doing chapatis

I am doing chapatis with quinoa flour. How can I remove or hide the bitterness of the quinoa? There are several constraints for the solution: no egg, wheat, soy, dairy, corn, rice, meat.
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How do you know if stone-ground flour is truly milled with stones?

I ran across this article that originally appeared in USA Today in 2006. The author makes the claim that the label is unregulated and that manufacturers can simply say "100% stone ground" even if it's ...
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substituting white all purpose flour with wheat all purpose flour

I thought it was one to one (more like, assumed) but I did it with a pound cake and let's just say the product could break a plexiglass window. Is there some ratio to substituting white all purpose ...
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What organic grains can I substitute for self-rising (Gold Medal) flour?

My nine (7) year old step-daughter is expecting to help me make Chicken and Dumpling today. I have the recipe for the stew, my question lies in the dumplings: I am aware that I can replace 1 1/2 cups ...
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separating almond flour from almond meal

I've been experimenting with almond flour for baking bread because I have a hard time digesting starches. I've progressed to the point where my bread made from 50:50 (almond:wheat flours) is almost ...
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How is King Arthur bread flour made?

I checked out their website and other sources but could not find any details as to what their bread flour is actually composed of. Does it include both the bran and germ or is the bran removed? And if ...
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Do Asian groceries carry vital wheat gluten?

I want to buy vital wheat gluten for bread baking but I've only had luck finding it at health food stores where it's quite expensive. I know seitan is made from vital wheat gluten so I was wondering ...
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Any other flour which can be used to replace Maida flour for chewy cakes?

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maida_flour Maida has been linked with diabetes[10] and known to cause blood sugar imbalances, have negative influence on Insulin.[1] Consuming maida makes ...
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Are stone or metal grinding wheels better for flour?

I want to buy a flour mill for bread and pizza flour. I read that stone grinding wheels are better for grinding fine flour (tipo 00) than metal burrs. The mill that I am looking at does offer fine ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when replacing flour with whipped egg whites in a cake/muffin recipe?

I was trying to use up some old bananas yesterday and decided to make banana muffins. I find that my (improvised) recipe that I pulled from the Internet is a bit dense. I have a sponge cake recipe ...
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Halva smells like play-dough? a common ingredient?

I tried a Halva (gound sesame and sugar kind of sesame marzipan) of a kind I didn't try before, and I find it smells like Play-dough. My wife says that when she makes Play-dough from flour it also has ...
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What does it mean for a flour to be “strong” or “reinforced”?

When describing flour, I sometimes see people comparing flours and saying that one is strong or stronger than another. I also see flours that claim to be reinforced such as the Antimo Caputo 00 ...
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Cake flour or all-purpose for shortbread?

The recipe calls for either, and I have both. What difference am I likely to see in the final product using one or the other? Would there be an advantage to going halvsies?
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How to choose the right kind of flour?

I love to cook but I'm not too much into baking. My mom is currently visiting from overseas so there is more baking going on in the house. Unfortunately, she doesn't really know English so it's hard ...
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UK scones versus US scones

I remember listening to an America's Test Kitchen podcast where they compared UK v. US scone styles. They asserted that they were quite different from one another. And they seemed to favor the UK ...
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Should flour be thrown out past its expiry date?

As the title says, is it safe to consume flour once its past its expiry date or should it be thrown away?
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Buckwheat flour. Can it be used for pizza dough, and what other uses/properties does it have?

Buckwheat flour. Can it be used for pizza dough, and what other uses/properties does it have? I remember making crepes from buckwheat flour and I'd like to use it more often. I'm fond of pizzas, the ...
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What is the proper volume to weight conversion for Bisquick?

Most recipes that call for Bisquick have volume measurements, but I've read it's better to measure most dry ingredients by mass (not to mention more convenient and less messy). So what is the proper ...
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Dough whisk as a substitute to a mixer or wooden spoon

I made a short bread recently(it was my first try at baking) and the recipe said that I should use a wooden spoon. My question is this: could I have used a dough whisk instead of a wooden spoon? ...
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I'm using steel cut oats flour to make bread and muffins but the insides are mushy and wet

I bake them in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes but it seems the insides refuses to harden and dry any advice? PS: The mixture is (oat flour, baking powder, mashed banana, Jam, milk, maple syrup, ...
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Rice flour: weight to volume

I have a recipe that calls for 1 lb of glutinous rice flour (mochiko), but I don't have a kitchen scale. Approximately how many cups would this be equivalent to?
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Coating meat in flour before browning, bad idea?

For a long time, before browning meat that would then braise, I've coated it in flour as to ensure the right consistency for the resulting sauce. Are the downsides to this method? Should I just brown ...
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Using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and semolina

I want to make pasta at some point and I am wondering if I could use all whole wheat flour instead of a blend of all purpose and semolina flour. I know the taste will be a little different but can I ...
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Pizza dough is way too wet, already in the oven. Fix?

I'm cooking some pizza with homemade dough, using rice flour. I put all of the toppings on the pizza already, and put it in the oven. It's been there for quite some time, but the dough is just way too ...
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The role of the gluten in an acid environment

When you make sourdough bread, you usually want more sourdough if you are using a flour with a low percentage of gluten ( minor strength ) and less sourdough if your flour has a good strength . Now ...
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What to do when too much shortening is added to flour?

I was trying to make some homemade flour tortillas, but I made a mistake and I added ~9oz of shortening to 4.5 cups of flour. I'm unsure what to do with the flour mixture because I do not want just ...
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Cooking safety and cricket flour

I'm looking into starting to cook with cricket flour as a way to easily consume protein on the go. I'm currently considering various options such a smoothies, muffins and/or granola bars. However, I ...