Flour 101: What’s the Difference?

Ever wondered, “What’s the difference between all purpose flour vs cake flour vs bread flour vs almond flour?” Wonder no more!

All purpose flour vs cake flour vs bread flour vs almond flour

I love getting baking questions from my friends and family. It makes the pastry nerd inside of me glow bright and warm like an oven light. 

Can I make buttermilk? Do I need to sift powdered sugar? Can I substitute baking soda for baking powder?  

Yes. Probably. And don’t you dare. 

Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about flour, and if you don’t frequent the baking aisle as much as I do, it can be intimidating. All of those seemingly identical but totally different boxes of flour stare back at you like you’re suppose to have an opinion on bleached vs unbleached flour. 

To clear up some of the confusion, let’s sort through a few basic flours.

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Almond Orange Biscotti

It’s a good thing a batch of this Almond Orange Biscotti makes a ton of cookies because you’re going to want to eat every single one. 

Almond Orange Biscotti

If you’ve followed along for a while now (Hi, mom!), then you know that I have a deep love for dessert disguised as breakfast. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C.

Now I can add Almond Orange Biscotti as Exhibit D. It is just the right amount of sweet, is easy to take on the go and is heaven with coffee. 

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Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies that taste even better than they look. Yes, it’s possible. 

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

I use to really dread making Cut Out Sugar Cookies. They were always so much work for a cookie that didn’t taste all that amazing. I also don’t fancy myself all that artistic, so I would become really intimidated by the sugar cookie creations I would see online and think, I’m not worthy!!

It wasn’t until we were planning a baby shower for a friend at work that I thought, I should make cut out sugar cookies! I quickly reminded myself that I don’t like making cut out sugar cookies, but the eager baker in me would not take no for an answer. 

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Red Velvet Cake

Time for a classic. Soft Red Velvet Cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting just how you like it. 

Red Velvet Cake

Did you know that when you move to Georgia, you are welcomed with a Red Velvet Cake? Okay, that’s not true, but it should be. Nonetheless, after living in Georgia for several years, I’ve eaten my fair share of red velvet cake. 

Before we get into this recipe, I have a confession to make. I don’t know why red velvet is so popular. I hear you grasping for your pitchforks, but first, hear me out!

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