Community Q&A

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asked July 26th 2012

Flour Brand name or Supermarkets own

Hi, when making cake does anyone notice any difference between BeRo flour or Tesco/Asda own brand and what do you think is best. I use the supermarkets own, but just wanted to ask other bakers of their opinion. Thanks

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Hi Jackie, I use Home Pride and yes I do find supermarket brands make a slightly heavier bake. I've got a feeling it has something to do with the grade of grain and milling process. I do use the cheaper brands for what I call every day cakes but not for cakes for other people. The very, very, best flour I have ever used was one which I used to get from the Shetland Islands, so soft! I can't justify the cost now of transporting it all the way South, £13.00 a kilo with postage was just too much!

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Thanks for your answers, but can I ask jmilne was there any difference is quality of the cakes when you did your test, miwl thought the cakes came out slightly heavier. I am not in business, but when making cakes I like them to be their best. Thanks

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I have found using the sponge flour to be the best, costs slightly more but worth it.

Others will be able to help more.

 

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I actually done a taste test with a few of my customers last year using 2 different brands flour. One was BeRo and the other value flour and noone could tell the difference.

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If you prefer not to purchase special cake flour you can add one tablespoon  of cornflour to your standard flour after taking out one Tbs from the recipe to compensate.