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what is bread flour

what is the difference in bread flour and regular self raising flour?
asked Jan 25, 2014 by Lisa

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"Bread flour" is semolina, a heavier type of wheat flour that is used in place of PART of the all purpose flour used to bake bread. It makes a chewier bread and a more substantial crust than using all regular flour. (think of the difference when comparing a dinner roll--soft-- to a pizza crust--chewy. That's because pizza crust is also made with semolina.)

On the other hand, it could be that your source is comparing all purpose flour, which makes up the largest part of bread dough, and cake flour, which is an extremely fine grained flour.  I'd have to see the recipe you were looking at to tell which one is intended.

By the way--you never use self-rising flour in bread recipes. The self rising flour has baking powder mixed in atready. Bread uses yeast to create the air pockets present.
answered Jan 25, 2014 by CathyJo (400 points)

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