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What Is Strong White Flour?

Strong White Flour

When it comes to baking, the key to bread making, baking delicious biscuits, or the perfect pizza dough is to know and utilise the proper ingredients.

What can confuse people is that many of the cookery books are American, and for many of the critical baking ingredients, they use different terminology compared to the British manufacturers.

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Is Strong White Flour Different From Bread Flour?

The simple answer to this question is no; these two products are essentially identical; they are just referred to differently in America and Great Britain.

Strong flour is called bread flour in the United States, plain flour is called all-purpose flour in the States, and the only type of flour that shares the same name is self-raising flour.

Should Strong White Bread Flour Be Used For All Bread Making Activities?

The short answer is – yes (…mostly!). The only real exceptions are if you want to make wholemeal bread, where you would use wholemeal bread flour, or Irish soda bread where you would use plain flour (with baking powder) or self raising flour. Pizzas are best made with strong white bread flour.

Is White Bread Flour Made From Wheat Flour?

Flour is a 100 per cent natural product made by milling grains, and in the vast majority of cases, wheat grains. White flour, the primary ingredient in white bread flour, is made by removing the outer layers of bran and leaving the white endosperm at the centre of the grain.

This uses about 75 per cent of the grain. This is one of the key differences between white bread flour and wholemeal flour. Wholemeal, which is also referred to as whole grain flour, uses 100 percent of the grain.

Why is Wholemeal Flour Better For You?

Because wholemeal flour includes 100 per cent of the grain, it is rich in vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin, folate, and most importantly, fibre. Fibre is one of the biggest deficiencies in the British diet.

Compared to strong white bread flour, it is higher in iron, calcium, protein, and many other nutrients. This type of flour can be used in many different recipes and is perfectly safe to use in any bread machine.

Once you have tasted excellent bread made at home using award winning flour from Nelstrops, no other bread will ever compare.

Why Choose Nelstrop Flour?


Nelstrops have been making their delicious white bread flour perfect for baking good bread for over 200 years. We are still a family company and are passionate about our products.

We consistently win the highest great taste awards in the United Kingdom, which is why our customers return to us time and time again.

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you might have, or for a specific type of flour, you can read all of the information provided on the website.

Visit our online shop to buy Our Strong White Flour > 

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