Bread Flour

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Bread Flour

Post by vyvyan » Tue 03 Apr 2018 17:35

At present I seem unable to find Multi-Cereal Flour or Complet in the supermarkets. Does anyone know of a mill where I might be able to buy flour for bread.
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Post by martyn94 » Tue 03 Apr 2018 17:42

I asked something like this years ago. If you find it, let us all know.

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Post by Lanark Lass » Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:19

Have found these flours in Intermarche in St Andre and Argeles so presumably other branches have them too

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:28

Lanark Lass wrote:Have found these flours in Intermarche in St Andre and Argeles so presumably other branches have them too
In my experience, they tend to be mixes, including flour improvers (aka ascorbic acid, aka vitamin C) and sometimes dried yeast. What I have never seen (except on a market stall in Normandy) is straightforward strong flour.

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Post by Lanark Lass » Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:42

Husband likes to make English style bread and these flours work very well. We buy baguettes too but also partial to brown bread - and toast. Baguette no use for these.

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 03 Apr 2018 19:00

Lanark Lass wrote:Husband likes to make English style bread and these flours work very well. We buy baguettes too but also partial to brown bread - and toast. Baguette no use for these.
Of course you’re right. But my boulanger makes a very decent pain aux ceréales, and complet, and lin, and mais, and white à l’ancienne, and “muesliâ€￾ (which I’ve never been brave enough to try) which make decent toast, though the slices get skimpy towards the ends. As well as about 6 sorts of baguette.

My bread machine is gathering dust.

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Post by EILEEN » Wed 04 Apr 2018 16:28

the flour used for bread making is called sometimes "No. 55" The white flour can be bought in most supermarkets but I have not seen the strong cereal too often. Our boulangeries make good cereal breads so do not look to buy flour too often!
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Post by Lanark Lass » Wed 04 Apr 2018 16:45

As I said we use these flours easily available in Intermarche to make English style bread which is tasty and keeps longer than boulangerie bread. We make 2 at a time so can freeze one
Boulangerie bread is fine but English bread has more texture and easy to do in machine. I do buy boulangerie bread but it is nice to be able to vary it with the home made

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Bread Flour

Post by Kit » Sun 15 Apr 2018 17:05

You already know you need strong flour to make decent bread. I have found that 'strong' tends to reflect the amount of protein in the flour. The strongest I've yet been able to find in either France or Spain is Auchan's own brand Pain Brioche which contains 15.6g of protein per 100g of flour.

A friend who is an enthusiastic baker of home-made bread has recommended buying flour from the windmill in Cucugnan but I haven't tried it myself yet. If you want check it on the internet, look for Moulin d'Omer Cucugnan and also see www.farinesdemeule.com. Cucugnan is just over the departmental border in Aude but is a pretty drive with two Cathar castles nearby for a day out!

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Post by russell » Sun 15 Apr 2018 20:44

Kit wrote:I have found that 'strong' tends to reflect the amount of protein in the flour.
It would do. Strong flour is flour with a high gluten content and gluten is a blend of proteins. It makes the dough elastic and helps it to retain the carbon dioxide given off by the yeast.

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Post by Lanark Lass » Mon 16 Apr 2018 21:25

Add Francine multicereales for brown bread

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Post by Sus » Mon 23 Apr 2018 06:15

Kit wrote:You already know you need strong flour to make decent bread. I have found that 'strong' tends to reflect the amount of protein in the flour. The strongest I've yet been able to find in either France or Spain is Auchan's own brand Pain Brioche which contains 15.6g of protein per 100g of flour.

A friend who is an enthusiastic baker of home-made bread has recommended buying flour from the windmill in Cucugnan but I haven't tried it myself yet. If you want check it on the internet, look for Moulin d'Omer Cucugnan and also see www.farinesdemeule.com. Cucugnan is just over the departmental border in Aude but is a pretty drive with two Cathar castles nearby for a day out!
Thanks so much for posting this info. I also make bread and have never been able to find a reliable supply, ended up ordering bulk grain directly from the UK, which is crazy but was cheaper than buying in France. This looks like a great resource and as you say it makes a nice day trip as well.

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