A quick comparison of two flours.

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A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 12:31 am

I did this a year or so back with different flour, but OH came home with some Tesco strong white flour that was heavily reduced due to some cosmetic damage to the bags.

So I made two loaves with exactly the same ingredients and quantities, except that one loaf was Tesco strong white flour and the other was made with Marriage's Canadian bread flour, which is my usual stock and bought in 16Kg bags from Costco. 500g flour. 300g water. Packet of Tesco yeast. 1 tsp salt. Spoonful of oil.

The Tesco dough was quite firm and difficult to knead, so I added a dessertspoonful of water. The Marriages loaf was a bit bigger and softer. It was cooked through. The Tesco loaf was smaller and underbaked - a bit doughy in the middle.

Tesco left. Marriages right.

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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby suffolk » November 14th, 2017, 8:10 am

When you cut into them can we compare the crumb please? :D
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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 4:07 pm

Here's the cut loaves. Again tesco left. Marriage right. Not much difference to my eyes...

The Tesco does seem to have baked out. it springs back if you press the crumb.

The Marriage's is "springier". The Tesco crumbles more easily. Marriages tastes nuttier.

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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 4:08 pm

I did this test with Marriage's and Allinson's flours a while back and the Marriage flour rose better and had a better texture, but the Allinson flour tasted better.
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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby suffolk » November 14th, 2017, 6:38 pm

Interesting that the most noticeable difference seems to be in the flavour :)
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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 9:27 pm

The Tesco loaf is denser. It might have needed a slightly longer prove so that it was bigger when it went into the oven.
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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby earthmaiden » November 15th, 2017, 1:47 pm

Gosh, from your initial post I thought that there was going to be more of a difference. It is interesting to make those comparisons sometimes.

It seems that Marriages looks and tastes slightly better though. Have you tried Doves?
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Re: A quick comparison of two flours.

Postby aero280 » November 15th, 2017, 2:45 pm

The difference seems greater in the flesh!

I think about Doves from time to time, but the flour is only available in small bags locally. I may go and find a 25Kg bag sometime though!
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