Are self rising flours made with soft wheat?

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by indygal, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. indygal

    indygal

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    I had been using Martha White self rising flour for years.  But my closest grocery recently went "low cost" (yes, my neighborhood is declining), and they no longer offer that brand.  I tried the Gold medal SR flour, and the results were not as light as I got with MW.  Could have been me, I dont' measure at all, and from time to time I have to consult my original recipe to get back "in line".

    So, does anyone know which SR flours might be made from lower gluten flour?  Am I going to have to drive to get good biscuit/scone/benzone flour? (I can walk to this store now, I love that).

    Tnx
     
  2. kyheirloomer

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    I believe the large national brands, like Gold Medal, are made with all purpose flour.

    If you can find White Lilly, it's made specifically for biscuits, using soft flour.

    If worse comes to worse, try buying pastry flour and adding your own baking powder and baking soda.
     
  3. indygal

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    After searching a while, I discovered that White Lilly has been purchased by another entity.  It is now made in OH, and they changed it completely.  Lots of people griping about it on other food forums.  :(

    On the bright side, I found a local producer of pancake mix who also offers good, cake flour for biscuits.  They do not offer self rising flour, but he said when I come he'll tell me exactly how to mix up some myself, Plus they sell it in 25 and 50 lb sacks so I don't have to drive so often.   I have a huge upright freezer, only half full, so I can store it in there, 6 months maximum is what the owner of the mill said.  So that is what I'll do.  I feel so lucky to have found them!

    They ship too!

    http://newrinkelflour.com/catalog/i...Path=1&zenid=4fbd5abe9ba1033eaa3677f6f04e2b79

    DD
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011
  4. kyheirloomer

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    My advice re: freezing flour: Be sure and break it down into smaller quantities. 2-gallon sized zipper bags are ideal.

    When removing it from the freezer let the package come to room temperature before opening it, so as to avoid condensation forming on the inside.