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    All Purpose Flour – Other Names

    White flour, plain flour (in Europe) and maida (in India). All purpose flour should not to be confused with bread flour, cake flour, pastry flour or self-rising flour. Although all these flours are derived from wheat and can be used for baking, each of these flours have specific qualities making them suitable for certain types of baked goods only and hence careful consideration of all these aspects is required if you decide to substitute one for the other. Buy All-Purpose Flour

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    Source

    Made from the endosperm of hard winter wheat (high-gluten content) or soft wheat (low-gluten content) or a combination of both. Depending on the type of wheat used, the gluten/protein content of all purpose flour ranges from 8%-13%. But in general the gluten content of all purpose flour is about 10% and for cake flour it is about 7%.

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    How is it made?

    Whole wheat or any other whole grain for that matter has three parts. The outermost layer called the bran (rich in fiber), the middle layer is the oil containing germ (protein part) and the innermost layer is called the endosperm, which is the starchy part of the grain. All purpose flour is made by stripping away the bran and germ and milling the endosperm into finely ground flour. Whole wheat flour or any other whole grain flour is made from the entire grain containing all the three layers; bran, germ and endosperm.

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    Types of All-Purpose Flour

    Unbleached and bleached. Unbleached simply means that the flour has not undergone the process of bleaching and hence will not have the pure white color. Chemical bleaching/whitening agents or atmospheric oxygen is used to bleach all purpose flour and hence such flour is also called refined flour. Maida, cake flour are examples of bleached flour.

    Enriched flour is all purpose flour which is enriched with some of the nutrients which are lost during the process of milling the flour. In US and Canada it is mandatory to fortify the white flour with thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and iron in the amounts required by the regulations of the respective Governments. It’s important to note that even though all purpose flour is enriched it does not have all the nutritional benefits of whole wheat flour.

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    Maida

    Maida can be used in recipes that call for all purpose flour. The technical difference is that maida is not enriched like it’s US/Canadian counterpart and I personally feel that maida is super fine than all purpose flour, making it even a better substitute for cake flour.

All-Purpose Flour Recipes

Eggless Vanilla Cake


(from 255 reviews)
This Eggless Vanilla Cake is simple to bake and uses readily available ingredients. The taste and texture makes it perfect for any occasion.

The Best Eggless Pancakes Ever & Video


(from 291 reviews)
Check this instructional video for easy eggless pancakes recipe and it's the only one you will ever need. Makes light and fluffy egg free pancakes from scratch.

I Can’t Believe It’s Eggless Chocolate Cake!


(from 144 reviews)
A simple eggless chocolate cake recipe with step by step illustrations to bake a moist, decadent eggless chocolate cake using tofu as an egg substitute.

Vegan Blueberry Muffins


(from 171 reviews)
It's unbelievable that these light and airy blueberry muffins are made with vinegar and not eggs.

Eggless Vanilla Cupcakes


(from 65 reviews)
My search for the perfect eggless vanilla cupcakes has ended with this awesome recipe.

Vegan Banana Bread


(from 64 reviews)
Having over ripe bananas at home? Wondering what to do? No second guessing please. You have to try this egg free, dairy free, easy vegan banana bread recipe.

Chocolate Layer Cake


(from 29 reviews)
Special occasions call for a special treat and this chocolate layer cake should be it. I bet you would wonder why do we need eggs to bake a delicious and decadent cake once you try this recipe.
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Whacky Vegan Chocolate Cake


(from 43 reviews)
Are you looking for a very easy vegan chocolate cake? Seeing the ingredients you might wonder, "what? chocolate cake with vinegar?" Be ready to be surprised.
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Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes


(from 37 reviews)
Make your special occasions even more special by baking these vegan red velvet cupcakes. Frost it with your favorite frosting and add sprinkles to suit the celebration.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


(from 70 reviews)
Don't throw away those over ripe bananas sitting on the counter. Bake these very simple yet delicious chocolate chip banana muffins and I promise that you will stop eating bananas to let them ripe to make these muffins over and over again.

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