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Old 26 November 2018, 02:25 PM
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Chef Why Most of America is Terrible at Making Biscuits

Interesting Atlantic article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/a...giving/576526/

Until I read it, I had no idea that there was soft flour(s) and hard flour(s).
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Old 26 November 2018, 03:24 PM
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Also called baking/cake flour* (soft) and bread flour (hard). Basically the more gluten, the stretchier and chewier the final product will be. All purpose flour is somewhere in the middle, not that great for either, but good enough for most cooks.

* There is also pastry flour, which has more gluten than cake/baking but less than all-purpose.
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Old 26 November 2018, 03:36 PM
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So the soft flour that is readily available in the south is the same as cake flour? I had no idea.
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So the soft flour that is readily available in the south is the same as cake flour? I had no idea.
Not technically 100% correct. Cake flour is made with soft wheat, but it is specifically milled to be much finer grained than normal flour. But it may be the only soft flour product found in many markets, so it might be all that is available to (g) you.

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Not technically 100% correct.
That's the best kind of correct!
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Yeah, the professional chef quoted in the article said it could not be had, even through commercial supply chains, in the North. So, cake flour is not the same thing. I make pretty good biscuits, but they are more dense than I'd like. I may have to have someone bring me some flour at Christmas to do a comparison.

On the King Arthur flour site, it says that soft winter wheat is primarily grown east of the Mississippi, in the South. But it mentions that it is also grown in the Pacific Northwest, and in New York. So if the demand grows maybe some additional supplies might pop up.
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