Pastry Flour verses All Function Flour

I exploit pastry flour in a lot of my recipes, particularly when making pie (pastry) dough. I typically get requested if it is actually essential to make use of pastry flour and if it is OK to substitute all goal flour as a substitute. My reply is that should you can simply buy pastry flour, then please give it a attempt!

The house baker has sadly been led to consider by most cookbooks
that every one goal flour is for all functions, however in actuality, it’s a
flour that’s blended to be ample for quite a lot of merchandise, however
not the greatest for many breads and pastries. Business bakeries not often use all goal flour, as a result of they’ve a definite flour for each baking goal. Listed below are a few hyperlinks to business bakery sources that provides you with an thought of the merchandise out there to business bakers: North Dakota Mill and Progressive Baker. After all, it isn’t sensible (and even doable) for the house baker to buy an enormous assortment or flours, however I do like to make use of a few specialty white wheat flours to be used at dwelling, specifically, bread flour and pastry flour. At present’s article is in regards to the latter.

My pastry flour: Maple Leaf Pastry Flour

Pastry flour is an unbleached low protein flour used for cookies and pastries. The protein within the flour is what kinds gluten when mixed with water (or different water-containing liquids) and combined or kneaded. The extra the dough or batter is combined, the extra gluten strands are developed, producing a stronger dough. Usually talking, when making yeast breads, you need to develop a powerful dough and subsequently will use a flour excessive in protein. For a flaky, tender pie dough and light-weight crispy cookies, pastry flour is known as for. We’re lucky in Utica, NY in having the ability to buy good high quality, cheap (round $four for a 5 lb. bag) Maple Leaf Pastry Flour at a couple of space grocers: Chanatry’s, Value Chopper and Broad Road Money and Carry (Avico Spice). King Arthur additionally has an unbleached cake/pastry flour out there, but it surely’s way more costly. Do not use bleached cake flour as an alternative to pastry flour.

An enormous benefit of utilizing pastry flour is that should you by accident over combine, there’s not as a lot gluten to have to fret about getting overdeveloped. When making pie dough with all goal flour, it’s important to be very cautious, as it may recover from labored very simply, inflicting your pie crust to spring again when rolling and/or shrink throughout baking, resulting in a tricky thick crust.

I’m going to share with you my barely scientific experiment to show the standard variations between utilizing pasty flour and all goal flour in a primary pastry crust.

The experiment:

I made two batches of pastry dough, one with pastry flour and the opposite with all goal flour. I then rolled the dough, and made an identical apple crostatas out of every. Then baked and style examined them each (the perfect half).
I weigh flour for better accuracy, which is particularly useful with pastry flour. If you do not have a scale, I give approximate volumetric measurements. For measuring the pastry flour with out a scale, stir the flour and gently scoop into the measuring cup. Degree the highest with a flat edge. For all goal flour, do not stir earlier than measuring. I extremely recommend getting a kitchen digital scale -they are extraordinarily cheap.

Video exhibiting find out how to make the crostatas.

Crostata Pastry Dough Recipe

eight oz. (~1¾ cups) Pastry Flour(See be aware above in purple) or eight oz. All Function Flour(see be aware above in blue)
four oz.  Chilly Butter (1 stick or eight tablespoons)
¼ cup Chilly water

For full directions, filling recipe and video, please go to Susan’s Pie Crust and Apple Pear Pie web page.

All Function Flour on left, Pastry Flour on proper


  1. The excellent news is that each of those had been scrumptious. 
  2. It is laborious to inform from the photographs, however the one made with pastry flour was extra tender, delicate and flaky. The one on the left (all goal flour) was chewier however nonetheless fairly acceptable.
  3. The pastry flour model was simpler to roll out skinny.
  4. The pastry flour crust had a softer chunk and was pleasurable to eat with or with none filling hooked up.
  5. Backside crust- no discernible variations.

Completely happy Baking!


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