I enjoy home baking and like to keep my baking shelf in the pantry fully stocked. After trying out various self raising flours with varied success I have finally settled on Homepride self raising flour as it gives me the best results.
I usually buy Homepride flour in the 1kg cardboard boxes with the plastic resealable lid. The flour is easy to spot on the shelf among the other brands thanks to its Cornishware style blue stripes and Fred the bowler hat wearing Homepride mascot. On the box we are told "graded grains make finer flour".
Homepride is one of the more expensive brands in the supermarket so I wait for it to come on offer before I stock up. It usually retails at roughly £1.50 for a 1kg box, I have not seen it in any other sizes.
The flour is an off white colour and is very fine. I find that when I sieve this flour some of it powders up and floats away and settles on the kitchen surfaces. As the flour goes through the sieve it is always lump free and there are no tiny husk pieces left behind that can be founded in cheaper brands.
The self raising flour mixes in easily and gives me a smooth batter. I always find that my cakes rise better when I use Homepride. When I have used different brands my cakes are not as fluffy and light.
I would not use any other brand of self raising flour, I know that I will get good results every time I use Homepride.
Thank you for reading.
Homepride Flour (Self Raising).
I like to bake and sometimes find it is usually better to use a higher grade of flour and personaly think it is better to spend a little bit more on my flour as i think that it does show in the quality of the item i am baking and the end results of the cakes i bake which i do tend to bake a lot of especially with having seven grandchildren to cater for, which saves me a heap of money.
I use Homepride Self Raising as i have noticed that this flour is made containing graded grains so the flour is already fine enough for my use, without having to seive through it.
The Package **********
Comes in the distinctive blue and white stripped hard paper bag easy to open and i then dispose of any flour left into an airtight container and i must say that this way it keeps for months, not that i usually have much left from a packet when i have baking days.
The Homepride company has a website clearly displayed on the bottom of their packet of flour.
This packet contains 1.5kgs, like me if you prefer the old school baking weighing methods its approximately three and a half pounds.The Ingredients in this packet are Wheatflour, Raising Agents (which i dont feel i have to add to as this flour tends to make my cakes rise well without any extra baking powder susbtitutes. Sodium Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, This Flour is made with unbleached Wheatflour. But this does not make the flour come out of the packet looking brown, it is still looking almost white and the texture and condition of this flour is really good, and nice and fine.
I do use cheaper flour when making yorkshire puddings, as make them every week, and usually make a batch and freeze them for others whose yorkshires dont rise.
But in cakes this is a really great flour to use.
I buy mine from Sainsbury's where i tend to buy most of my shopping with the exeptio of a few items, this flour an be purchased from this supermarket for the cost of £1.08 for 1.kg bag.
I find that also this is a good buy because on the back of the packet they usually give you a receipe for a certain cake, the one on my packet is giving you details of how to bake a Carrot Cake with creamy Lemon Topping, and this is a really good cake as i have made it using this flour, yummy in fat.
Because of their graded grains and not having to sieve this flour you can be saved a little bit of time on your cake making process and it makes for finer better flour, not much more expensive than other flours, but well worth spending the extra bit of money on.
They also give a full refund Guarentee on their packet and thats a good thing to do because you can rest assured that this product is safe. You need to keep this flour stored in a cool dry place, with good circulation,and you should never mix old flour with new flour.
I like this flour although you can buy flour thats a cheaper brand and make, it does not in my opinion work as well as this one does.I like this make of flour also because it makes my cakes rise really well.
This packet also has a customer careline telephone number on the side of the packet.
It also has a long sell by date on the packet clearly market.I also like their baking ma i think he is called Fred, and his charactor is always somewhere to be see on the packet.
I've been using homepride flour today for the purposes of cake making. It's my preferred flour in baking that requires it, mainly due to the quality of contribution it makes to the recipe.
I purchased it a while ago but I remember paying about £1.50 roughly for 1.5kg or 3.31lbs of self-raising flour. This probably leads onto one main benefit, which is the best before end date. It's been a while since I used it and the best before end date still gives me over half a year in which to use it. If you bake regularly, and not just like me when I'm commanded to, you'll happily won't waste this as it's highly likely you'll have made your way through it before it goes off.
For me though it just seems to taste nicer. I've bought less quality before and I find that it doesn't mix in as well or the texture of cakes afterwards isn't as nice, or that it simply just doesn't taste as nice. I just find that when I use homepride flour, it leaves cakes that have risen in the oven and are fluffy afterwards, and taste nice with a pleasant texture.
They give you creative ideas. Obviously you'll have bought this generally with the intention of baking something, but on the back is usually a recipe, which funnily enough requires flour. It's a nice cut out and keep and use for a future time or when you're stuck for something to make and it gives me the idea that this is a friendly, family firm with helping you at heart.
For me it does everything it needs to do and does it well. I do think the only downside is that there are a lot of preservatives in it, and it presumably to make it last longer and assist with the raising agents that help it do its job. I don't think they pose any danger but just be aware that this is far from an organic product and you may have issues with this.
Overall, I think it's a wonderful product and does what it's asked of in an effective manner and leaves you with a happy baking experience.
Ingredients: Wheatflour, Raising Agents: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Made With Unbleached Wheatflour
100g gives you: Energy: 1495kj/352 kcal, protein 9.8g, carbohydrates 75.6g, fat 1.2g
I absolutely love baking so we get through quite a lot of flour at home and we usually just use the Tesco Value Plain and Self Raising flour, which is a bargain at 43p for 1.5kg. This is incredibly cheap compared to the Homepride flour which is £1.19 for the same amount.
It's been so long since I've used a branded flour, that I thought there wasn't any difference in the results from using the value stuff. However, my fiancé's Mum bought some Homepride Self Raising Flour recently because that is the only brand they had in stock and I made American style pancakes with it.
The pancake batter is normally quite thick, but using the Homepride flour made the batter even thicker and I thought I'd made a mistake in weighing it out! I cooked them as normal and the end result was amazing. The pancakes were even lighter and fluffier than normal and they didn't have such a starchy flavour.
I was really amazed at the difference, so I compared the ingredients of both types of flour:
* The Tesco one contains: Unbleached Wheat Flour, Raising Agents (Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate).
* The Homepride one contains: Unbleached Wheat Flour, Raising Agents (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate).
As you can see, there are a lot more scary named chemicals in the Homepride flour, but really they are just raising/leavening agents you find in most cakes and baked goods. So this explains why my pancakes were so light and fluffy. I already add baking powder to my pancake batter, but Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate is more commonly known as Bicarbonate of Soda, so I think I will try adding that to the Tesco Value flour as it is so much cheaper!
It would be nice to be able to afford the Homepride flour all the time, but to be honest it is hard to justify paying so much more for it. Although my pancakes were twice as good when using Homepride, we will stick with the Tesco value flour and I'll just experiment with adding chemicals!