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  • Murbs 18 Apr 2012 12:05:00 23,501 posts
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    Can you just replace plain flour and baking powder with self raising flour?

    I AM NOT A BAKER
  • neilka 18 Apr 2012 12:05:48 19,005 posts
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    /registers eurobaker.net
  • sport 18 Apr 2012 12:12:49 13,682 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    Can you just replace plain flour and baking powder with self raising flour?

    I AM NOT A BAKER
    No self-respecting baker would touch self raising flour.
  • localnotail 18 Apr 2012 13:07:49 23,084 posts
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    Nowt wrong with self-raising flour, sport.
  • simplerotation 20 Apr 2012 13:03:41 332 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Nowt wrong with self-raising flour, sport.
    Apart from the fact it has a really short shelf like that is almost impossible to tell what that shelf life is, as most SR flours don't list it on them (they list the shelf life of the flour not the active ingredient) and that you can set or adjust the amount of raising agent in whatever it is your baking, and that most recipes you activate your raising agent with something like white wine vinegar in order to get a "true" rise.
    Also some self rising flours contain salt or other preservatives that will change the taste of your bakes and they generally have a finer grind to them than regular plain flour as the leavening agent isn't as strong/activated which can effect the texture of your crumb.

    But if you're just throwing together some scones, who cares? Other than the fact that you can just make SR flour from Plain by shoving in some baking powder/salt and avoid all of these potential issues, so yeah, nothing wrong with SR flour, but totally pointless to buy imo :)
  • localnotail 20 Apr 2012 13:24:08 23,084 posts
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    I bet you use duck fat too :p

    I've never had any problems with SF flour for regular cakes and biscuits, and the finer grind means I don't even need to sieve it :)
  • billythekid 20 Apr 2012 13:28:36 12,049 posts
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    Who the fuck uses duck fat?!?
    It's all about the goose!
  • localnotail 20 Apr 2012 13:33:11 23,084 posts
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    Of course it is. My recall really is fucked at the moment. :|
  • neilka 20 Apr 2012 13:33:29 19,005 posts
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    All of my cakes contain a generous helping of manfat.
  • simplerotation 20 Apr 2012 14:03:58 332 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    I bet you use duck fat too :p

    I've never had any problems with SF flour for regular cakes and biscuits, and the finer grind means I don't even need to sieve it :)
    Ha! No, I use vegetable oil for potatoes and they're absolutely fine.

    I am a bit of an obsessive with baking though. If you're going to go to the effort/expense of baking something, might as well be worth it :)
  • localnotail 20 Apr 2012 14:10:10 23,084 posts
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    I just like eating cake mix.
  • mrpon 20 Apr 2012 14:11:13 32,542 posts
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    I used to lick my mothers bowl as a youngster.
  • sport 20 Apr 2012 14:13:46 13,682 posts
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    Don't listen to local. She's pregnant and probably craving cabbage cupcakes or something - crazy woman.
  • X201 20 Apr 2012 14:14:01 17,635 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Aargh. wrote:
    Custard gannet.

    Vice.Destroyer. Is your pelvis still in place?
  • crashVoodoo 18 Sep 2016 14:37:22 4,876 posts
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    /Necro
    Felt like having a crack at something baking related with the kids and we've whacked some 'buns' together.

    I've never baked before so don't know how they'll turn out but it was fun with the little UN's even if all they wanted to do was stuck their fingers in the mix and eat it...

    Just cooking now .. pics to follow /fingers crossed



    Edited by crashVoodoo at 14:41:11 18-09-2016
  • BillMurray 9 Oct 2016 09:33:22 8,828 posts
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    crashVoodoo wrote:
    /Necro
    Felt like having a crack at something baking related with the kids and we've whacked some 'buns' together.

    I've never baked before so don't know how they'll turn out but it was fun with the little UN's even if all they wanted to do was stuck their fingers in the mix and eat it...

    Just cooking now .. pics to follow /fingers crossed

    Not bad for a first crack! I quite fancy doing some baking today too but I haven't got a clue what to make. Christmas is pretty much the only time I ever do any baking(did a soufflé for the first time ever a couple of years ago and it was brill, as was the key lime pie I did last year). Might have a go at a carrot cake so hopefully I'll have some pictures to post later.
  • bad09 9 Oct 2016 09:55:57 7,272 posts
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    Pretty good for a first attempt! I wanna make some cake but the Mrs and daughter made millies cookies yesterday (nice recipe on BBC that gets the soft texture spot on!) and I'm baking bread today on top of a roast so cooked out this weekend, next weekend though I plan on a yummy Hummingbird cake. :-)
  • AwesomeWells 9 Oct 2016 10:04:07 1,057 posts
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    I baked bread for the first time today and it turned out considerably less shit than I was expecting. Made fougasse as featured on Bake Off.
  • bad09 9 Oct 2016 10:11:46 7,272 posts
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    Speaking of Bake Off, CrashVoodoo (or any new baker) would do well to pick up some of the Bake Off and Paul Hollywood books. Lots of lovely ideas and they've really helped me improve my baking.
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 9 Oct 2016 11:13:22 87,850 posts
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    AwesomeWells wrote:
    I baked bread for the first time today and it turned out considerably less shit than I was expecting. Made fougasse as featured on Bake Off.
    Recipe?
  • AwesomeWells 9 Oct 2016 11:18:27 1,057 posts
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    I used this one:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fresh_herb_fougasse_70351
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 9 Oct 2016 11:33:45 87,850 posts
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    Nice, ta.

    I'll whip that up next week.
  • crashVoodoo 9 Oct 2016 13:11:44 4,876 posts
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    @bad09 thanks. Might come in handy. It was only a spur of the moment think to occupy the kids but they enjoyed it so I can see us doing it more.
  • bad09 9 Oct 2016 16:24:11 7,272 posts
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    @crashVoodoo

    Oh yes the kids always love baking, be careful though eventually they end up telling you what's being baked at the weekend :)
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