“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Flour „
I have been making my own bread for as long as I can remember. Once you make your own, you just cannot go back to having bought bread. I used to make it all by hand, making a large batch on a Sunday, which took several hours of kneading and proving to make 3 or 4 loaves, then freezing them to use as and when we needed them. I find the kneading process is a really good way of relieving stress, and if you are angry with something, punching the dough is a good way to release that anger. You get great bread at the end of it all!
I first started using Tesco's own white bread flour years ago and have really not used anything else since. It is slightly cheaper than brand bread flours, such as Hovis or Allinsons and in my opinion just as good.
To make bread you do need a strong flour, that is one that is suitable for breads and that haes a high gluten content. If you make bread with ordinary plain flour it won't rise as much and the texture will be heavy.
This strong white flour is suitable for all kinds of breads, buns and pizza bases and gives very good results. These days I use a breadmaker as it is more convenient for me. It saves a huge amount of time. I usually make small loaves and I have to say that I have never really had a failure when using this flour. The bread always comes out with a light texture, crusty top and excellent flavour.
I've also used this flour to make things such as hot cross buns, crumpets, fruit breads and naan bread and they have all turned out really well.
The flour is light enough to use unsieved, though I guess that you would probably get an even lighter texture to whatever you are baking by the addition of air from sieving it first.
Naturally this flour contains wheat and gluten, so anyone with allergies to these things would not be able to eat anything that is made from it.
The flour is sold in 1.5kg bags, which is enough for about 3 to 4 good sized loaves. At 68p per bag, that really does save you a bit of money if you make your own bread.
All you need to add to one pound of flour for a small loaf of bread is half a teaspoon of fast-acting yeast, half a teaspoon of sugar, one teaspoon of salt and half an ounce butter. Add enough warm water to make a soft dough, knead well for several minutes and leave to prove in a warm place, covering the bowl with a damp tea-towel. When doubled in size, knock the dough back down and knead again and put into a greased loaf tin. Prove again till the bread has risen to the top of the tin and bake for about half an hour at about 200c or equivolent. The smell as it bakes is so divine!
Everyone can bake bread, and once you do you'll never go back to buying it!
Strong flour is ideal for making bread, rolls and pizzas. Bread is a staple food, it is mentioned lots of times in the Bible and it is great fun to make and even better to eat!
Our Bread maker is used several times every week, and was really useful when we had the snow at the end of November as there was no bread deliveries getting through to where I live for a few days. The ingredients necessary are simple, strong flour, oil, dried milk, water, salt, sugar and yeast. This review is on the Strong white flour made by Tesco.
The packet stands out on the shelf as it is a bright pink in colour with the picture of a filled roll possibly with hamburger and lettuce, and for some strange reason a pepper mill on the side! I would have preferred to see a nice loaf! The only good thing is that the bag can be recycled!
The strong flour is made from wheat and therefore has gluten in it which isn't suitable for coeliacs or people with wheat allergies, but is alright for vegetarians. The bran and the germ are removed to make the white flour, so we are advised not to eat too much of this flour/bread, but when you make your own you can mix wholemeal flour or granary with the white to make it a healthier option. There are 340 cals in 100grams of flour, a trace of salt, 3.1grams of fibre and 12.1grams of protein.
There is 1.5kg in the bag which makes a lot of bread and the quality is excellent. We have never had any failures and the taste is good once you have got a good recipe to use. This flour is good for bread machines or hand baking and has the red tractor/ Union Jack sign on the side of the bag. This is the Assured Food Standards (AFS) which is the independent organisation set up to manage, develop and promote the Red Tractor as a mark of safe, quality, affordable food that the public can trust. I am happy to see this on food I buy.
There is a recipe on the side too for Rosemary and sea salt focaccia which is delicious and easy to make. The flour is obviously white and feels nice and soft to touch. My latest bags are best before August 2011 and because Tesco is only charging 50p a bag at present I've stocked up! If I make a large 2lb loaf we get 3 loaves out of a bag of flour. Once opened I put into a sealed plastic container and it needs to be stored in a dry place. We have made various types of bread, Hot Cross buns, pizza, apple and cinnamon pockets, Danish pastries and all taste wonderful.
I think this is a fabulous price as it is a third of the cost of Hovis or Allinson's flour and I really can't tell the difference. Nice one Tesco.
My mum bought me a bread maker for Christmas and the whole point of asking for it was to make cheap tasty bread. I decided to try the machine out with a basic loaf and went Tesco's for my weekly shop. I found that this was the cheapest flour was the Tesco strong white but was expected the results not to be that good as its only 68p for a 1.5kg bag. I have used their basic plain flour and self raising previously without a problem but was a bit dubious to weather the bread would be any good. The first time I tried it I waited and was very pleasantly surprised by the results this flour in my opinion is as good as the more expensive brands. I have now converted my mum to the cheaper brand as she was buying brand names until I told her about my good results. This is yet another product from Tesco that is as good as any branded product.
Having recently purchased a bread machine, I was advised by my dad that the best flour to use is Waitrose Canadian Bread Flour. However, as I do all my shopping at Tesco, going to Waitrose just for bread flour wasn't the most practical option.
Wondering what result I may get from this apparently inferior flour, I have to say the bread I have made with it has been absolutely fine! I use a Panasonic 355 bread machine and use both rapid and normal programmes for baking. The result is the same - excellent - so I have absolutely no problem in using this flour forever more.
I know that the instruction booklet I got with my bread machine states that Canadian is the best flour but in all honesty, using this brand is just as good (and I did end up trying the Waitrose one once).
Another bonus is that it is the cheapest option in the supermarket so makes breadmaking all that more cost effective!
I recently bought myself a bread maker from Argos and have been experimenting with various flours, yeasts, recipes etc, it is very hard to get the loaf just right and just recently it has been sinking not providing a very good loaf shape. So it is all a work in progress for me at the moment.
This product stood out for me on the shelves at Tesco, on the confusing aisle of home baking, i was quite bewildered and thought I would just like to try the cheapest one, and the bright pink packaging was a great bonus.
The packet size is 1.5kg, which is almost enough for 3 2lb loaves made in the breadmaker, each loaf requiring 520g of flour so almost 3. Thr other ingredients involed in baking bread are inexpensive, dried yeast, water, suger, salt, dried milk powder and butter or marge so it is very easy to keep all these ingredients in.
I keep my flour in a Lock and Lock airtight container due to the fact that I am extremely paranoid about those little flour bug beasties, I was horrified the first time I had seen them in some flour I'd had in for ages and of course it has to be binned once they have infiltrated the bag. They are tiny little specks but it still freaked me out so I keep it sealed away now. Urgghh!!
As I am a breadmaking novice, my experience of various flours is still somewhat limited, but I have found the bread made with this strong white flour has been very tasty and enjoyed by me and the OH, the taste was there and the bread crusted well and was easy to cut so overall I was very pleased with the results, unfortunately it does keep sinking although I am following the instructions, so I will need a few more goes to see if this is because of me or the flour.
I think the protein content has a profound effect on the rising apparently, and I'm not sure that this is the highest so it is possible that this is affecting my loaf making. It is 12.1 per cent whereas some of the dearer ones are higher and maybe they will produce better results. Bread flour has a 12-14% protein content and the high gluten content causes the bread to rise and gives it shape and structure hence maybe why the Tesco one is cheaper.
Worth trying whilst experimenting with loaves.
I always have this squabble with my husband . He thinks good things... ok to be fair ,better things always cost more . That's the dumbest thing I have heard and the best example is me, he has been married to me for the past 7years and I am sure I have made him spend so much less than many other women would have made him do... hahaha but that's just my opinion. These days I am trying my best to prove him wrong and have done so by buying Tesco's own brand of strong white bread flour.
In the days I believed him blindly I used to buy just Allisons or hovis or homepride brand of bread flour which are all very good in their own way but the price of the tesco flour bag is one-thirds that on any of the other brand out there.
Once I started getting decent white bread everytime with my Panasonic bread-maker , I decided to play around and experiment different types of flour and yeasts out in the market. Hence I bought this bright pink 1.5 kg paper pack of tesco strong white bread flour , usually sold for 65p per pack( 99p for 1kg Hovis and £1.78 for a same pack of Allisons).
Like all recyclable paper packs of flour this bag won't replace your punchbag and its best to use a reinforcement poly-bag or a tin it( no not bin it). On an average I get three medium sized loves from that amount of flour hence 22p on an average flour -wise for a decent loaf.
Now for the nutritional information bit--Well it has wheat and contains gluten .
Per 100gms it has 340Kcal energy, protein 12.1 gms,carbohydrates 68.6gms,fat 1.4 gms , almost negligible amount of salt and the fun bit it does gave 3.1gms of fibre too(ahhh great , it being white and all, loaf points here ).
I haven't been able to discern any difference between a loaf made of this flour and of a more expensive brand one , the bread comes out equally soft , moist and tasty. I do have to say though the bread is not as white (the white parts) as those from Hovis or Allisons, but then this flour doesn't have any bleach or preservatives either incorporated into it(more loaf points). I can say this with conviction because , I have had leftover loaf made from one brand of flour and slices from the bread from this flour on the same sitting and it doesn't even seem as if my taste buds and palate have played tricks.
So if you want to save up some money and still don't want to compromise on taste just buy this flour and give this poor cousin of the bigger brands a try , you won't be disappointed . My poor hubby was disappointed , his theology fell face flat. I think I should make my hubby pay more and withhold his bread .