Get the scoop on the differences between flours.
1. All-Purpose Flour. All-Purpose Flour is one of the most common flours used. All-purpose flour is made from a blend of soft wheat and hard wheat. All-purpose flour is also labeled number 55 in other countries
2. Bread Flour. Bread Flour is made from hard wheat flour. Bread flour in other countries is labeled with the number T55. Bread flour is used in Bagels, Cinnamon Buns, and Pretzels.
3. Cake Flour. Cake Flour is made from finely ground soft wheat flour. Cake flour in other countries is labeled with the number 45. Many bakers use flours 45 and 55 as these are all-purpose flour and cake flour.
4. Whole Wheat Flour. Whole Wheat Flour is made by grinding the kernels of red wheat. Whole wheat flour in other countries is labeled number T150. In the UK Whole wheat flour is also known as Wholemeal flour.
5. Self-rising flour. Self-rising Flour is made by mixing All-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. You can make your own self-rising flour by mixing 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Self-rising flour is also number 45 in other countries but you have to check the labels.
6. Pastry Flour. Pastry Flour can also be used as cake flour. Pastry flour is finer then all-purpose flour but rougher then cake flour. Pastry flour is made from soft wheat. You can make pastry flour by mixing 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 2 cups of cake flour. Pastry flour is good for making Tart Crust and Muffins. Same as cake flour, in other countries pastry flour is also labeled number 45.
These are what I use to make crepes. I love this recipe for Crepes.
This Tefal pan is the best crepe pan, this is a non-stick crepe pan. This pan is very lightweight and extremely easy to use!
Highly recommend a Crepe spreader, these come in very handy when making crepes on the stove and on electrical pans.
An Electric crepe pan is a great way to make fast crepes. With an electric crepe pan you cannot pick up the pan and twirl it to spread around the batter, you have to use a crepe spreader.
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What is the difference between Active Dry Yeast And Instant Yeast?
Active Dry Yeast. Active Dry Yeast is most commonly found in supermarkets. Active Dry Yeast is made by taking out all the water in Live Yeast and ground it to fine pieces. The Active Dry Yeast needs to sit in warm water with a little bit of sugar for a few minutes. When it foams it means it is alive and ready to be used.
Instant Yeast. Instant Yeast (also known as Bread Yeast) is ground finer then Active Dry Yeast, which makes the yeast taste different. You can use Active Dry Yeast and Instant Yeast the same way.
What are the five sugars you should always have on hand? Here is a list of my favorites that you can use to make anything.
1. White Sugar. White sugar is a staple. White sugar is the most common sugar. White sugar is used in recipes varying from Pastries to Baguettes and many more.
2. Brown Sugar. Brown sugar is made with White Sugar and molasses. There are two types of brown sugar, Dark Brown Sugar and Light Brown sugar. Dark brown sugar is made with more molasses, light brown sugar is made with less molasses.
3. Confectioners Sugar. Confectioners sugar (also known as Powdered sugar) is a very fine sugar that is used to make Frosting or Glaze. In countries out of the United states might sell other options such as Castor sugar and Icing sugar. Confectioners sugar is a bit finer then Castor sugar but they both work the same.
4. Maple Syrup. Maple Syrup is a paleo sugar substitute. Maple Syrup can be used in recipes varying from Bread to Pastries.
5. Raw Honey. Raw Honey is perfect for when you want to sweeten your tea. Raw Honey can also be used in bread. Raw Honey is very good for the body, it can help soothe a sore throat and many other things.
These sugars can be helpful in the kitchen although I do not consider them staples.
1. Coconut Sugar. Coconut Sugar is also known as Coconut Palm Sugar. Coconut Sugar comes from the dehydrated sap of a coconut tree
2. Stevia and Splenda. Stevia and Splenda are the most common low calorie sweeteners. A alternative sweetener to Splenda is Stevia. Stevia is considered more natural.
3. Erythritol. Erythritol is a very popular sugar used on the Keto Diet.
4. Agave Syrup. Agave Syrup is a plant from the desert that is harvested to make agave syrup. Agave Syrup was believed to have healing powers.