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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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    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 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

vegan chocolate cake

Whacky Vegan Chocolate Cake

(from 45 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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The BEST Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies Video Recipe (Updated)

(from 39 reviews)
This is the BEST eggless chocolate chip cookies recipe ever. These chocolate chip cookies are crisp around the edges & chewy inside with an addictive taste!
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Vegan Mango Cake

(from 26 reviews)
Wondering how to make eggless mango cake? I've got the perfect recipe for you. Easy to bake vegan mango cake recipe using simple ingredients but big on taste and texture.

Almost Fat Free Brownies

(from 18 reviews)
Check out this awesome recipe for almost fat free brownies!
vegan carrot cake

Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

(from 26 reviews)
If you are not convinced about vegan baking and still have doubts about how it tastes, try this vegan carrot cake with vegan cream cheese frosting and be prepared to be blown away! Both the cake and the cream cheese frosting turned out to be DELICIOUS! Everybody at the birthday party enjoyed this cake very much.

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

(from 44 reviews)
Easy to bake and egg free oatmeal coconut cookies.

Eggless Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies using Condensed Milk

(from 10 reviews)
An amazing recipe to prepare the famous chocolate chip cookies without eggs, but using sweetened condensed milk instead.

Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins

(from 22 reviews)
Flavorful orange and cranberry muffins studded with pieces of pecans. These muffins are vegan and low fat too but this does not affect the taste. Flax seed powder is used as an egg substitute in this recipe.
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Beginner’s White Bread Recipe

(from 20 reviews)
If you are looking to make an easy white bread recipe with yeast you should definitely try this beginner's white bread, especially if you have fear of yeast. Once you try this basic white bread recipe, I assure that you will get the confidence to bake more using yeast.
vegan double chocolate banana muffins

Vegan Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

(from 37 reviews)
Overripe bananas should not be a problem anymore, when you have this wonderful vegan double chocolate banana muffins recipe. It's the perfect dessert to please all age groups.

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