So I use Caputo Blue Flour to make pizza dough, but out of the 25kg bag I use I only use 24kg per batch.
I tend to measure a kilo out of the bag and put it aside and then use the rest of the bag to make my dough. However this leaves me with a lot of left over flour, I could use it for pizza dough but that would mean either waiting (and storing) the excess flour until I have 24kg worth, or splitting bags and increasing the complication of making a batch as I'd have to weigh everything.

So instead I'm wondering what else can I use it for?
I've made bread with it, but only out of excess pizza dough rather than specifically aiming to make bread, and the results are ok but not particularly better than a strong bread flour (though this could be because it is an afterthought).

I've also found (because it is very fine flour) it makes good sauces, and I've used it for Yorkshire pudding and that's quite good too.

I've linked the official fact sheet above, but I think the important properties may be;

  • Protein - 12.75%
  • Dry Gluten - 12 / 13 %
  • Absorption - 55/57

But would it make decent pastry? Or be any good for cakes? Is there anything other than pizza that a flour with these specific qualities would be best for?

  • Questions "What can I do with [ingredient]?" are off-topic because they are subjective and lead to a long list of equally good suggestions, which is not compatible with the Stack Exchange format.
    – Luciano
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  • @Luciano Ah, I didn't consider that, should I close or delete the question then? Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:26
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  • I think it's a bit straddling the fence -- you are asking about a specific ingredient, but also asking about categories of recipes would be a good fit for a flour with a set of properties. Honestly not sure if it's answerable or not :)
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    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:47
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2 Answers 2


00 flour is the closest to 'plain white flour' in English speaking countries. For instance, if you were in Italy and would like to do a pastry you would use 00 flour. However, it is quite difficult to compare to 'plain white flour' because this term is not well defined, and you find wide variations in different brands of plain white.

Technically speaking, the classification 00, 0, tipo 1 and tipo 2 refers to the ash level in the flour, as regulated by italian law. For example, 00 refers to a maximum ash level of 55%, and as you can see from your technical sheet the Caputo exactly fits in that since it is around 50%. If you are familiar, it is completely equivalent to the T45 (45% ash level), T55 (55% ash level), T65 (65% ash level), etc. classification of the French.

While ash level is a good indicator, I personally find that it not always describe well what the flour would be good for. I usually like to use it together with protein content. As you can see, although this Caputo is quite refined (ash level 50%), it has a high protein content (13%) - common for grains grown in sunny places like meridional italy - compared to the most common supermarket 00 I find. It likely absorbs more water and has a better flexibility - which is good for 'caky' and 'bready' things, and even good for elastic pastry like pate brisee but worst for flaky preparations like biscuits.


You can use it to make bread.

If you want it for pastry, you have to get the protein down to 9%, which means for every 100 grams of Caputo, add 42 grams of of corn starch.

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