Can I buy strong bread flour here?

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:56 pm

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Hi people, and apologies if this subject has already been covered but I can't find a recent thread. Would just like to know if it's worth bringing over our bread-maker so I need to check if Tesco, Villa Market or Makro sell bread flour. Or maybe bakeries?
Should appreciate any info. Thanks!
Hope this is a correct thing to do. I'm bumping this post to advise that the little shop on Petch road opp. Soi 51 is still there and selling strong white bread flour, (Swan brand) powdered yeast, and powdered milk. The bread I made today in my old breadmaker was better than any I've made before in Dubai, as good as in UK.

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by MLS » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:26 am

That's weird seeing an early post of mine - thanks for the update!
I've found Tesco branches, Villa Market, Gourmet and Makro etc. also sell strong bread flour and yeast, and I'm so glad they stock them as apart from one or two new bakeries I would struggle to get half-decent bread here. However, every week my trusty bread-machine knocks out perfect white and/or wholemeal loaves, using local flour. Result.

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by bsdk1960 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:51 am

is strong bread flour the sama as whole wheat flour ?

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by Pagey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:27 pm

Can I ask you bread makers what are the benefits of making your own ? Cost, taste, quality, convenience, something else ?

I've toyed with the idea of buying a bread maker but not sure if it would just end up taking up space in my overcrowded kitchen !

I try not to eat too much bread but I have to have my bacon and sausage butties at the weekend and occasional slice of thick toast during the week. I'm guessing if you were feeding a family of 4 then cost would be a consideration.
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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by Big Boy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:36 pm

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I'm guessing if you were feeding a family of 4 then cost would be a consideration.
On the cost front, it would be helpful how much a self-made loaf would cost. We don't eat much bread, and a loaf of bread lasts us about a week, or until it goes green. Whilst talking about going green, how long will the DIY bread last?
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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

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is strong bread flour the sama as whole wheat flour ?

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Yes and No, strong flour, which has a high gluten content, is the one needed for most types of bread and is also available as a white flour.

Most whole wheat flours are in fact also strong flours as they are used almost exclusively for breads.
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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by bsdk1960 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:57 pm

^^^thanks for the explanation.
I bake my bread ,and I don't have a baking machine only one of the small round oven around 1000 baht,and the bread tast so much better,but can't hold so long time since it doesn't has all the crap they put in the factory bread so it can last for weeks.
I use rye,whole wheat and wheat and it's taste so good.
There a loads of recepis out there and many of them is very easy.

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

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MLS wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:26 am
That's weird seeing an early post of mine - thanks for the update!
I've found Tesco branches, Villa Market, Gourmet and Makro etc. also sell strong bread flour and yeast, and I'm so glad they stock them as apart from one or two new bakeries I would struggle to get half-decent bread here. However, every week my trusty bread-machine knocks out perfect white and/or wholemeal loaves, using local flour. Result.
I struggle to get half-decent food here, not just bread.
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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by 404cameljockey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:34 pm

Pagey wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:27 pm
Can I ask you bread makers what are the benefits of making your own ? Cost, taste, quality, convenience, something else ?

I've toyed with the idea of buying a bread maker but not sure if it would just end up taking up space in my overcrowded kitchen !

I try not to eat too much bread but I have to have my bacon and sausage butties at the weekend and occasional slice of thick toast during the week. I'm guessing if you were feeding a family of 4 then cost would be a consideration.
IMO the taste of my bread is as definitely as good or better than shop bought, with a great crust, but the main thing is the texture. Too much air in most bread here (and UAE). My loaves are not stodgy but a bit less full of large air holes than shop-bought. I'll still go for the thin crusty baguettes from the shops though, to go with paté, cheese, etc.

The cost is around 17 Baht per large white loaf, I think half the cost of Tesco Lotus, The Baguette, etc. I'm not bright enough to work out the electricity cost though. :)

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by 404cameljockey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 pm

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Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:36 pm
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Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:27 pm
I'm guessing if you were feeding a family of 4 then cost would be a consideration.
On the cost front, it would be helpful how much a self-made loaf would cost. We don't eat much bread, and a loaf of bread lasts us about a week, or until it goes green. Whilst talking about going green, how long will the DIY bread last?
Cost is around 17 Baht per large white loaf (excluding electricity used) It will stay fresh only a few days, shop bought fresh loaves tend to go mouldy after 4-5 days too in my experience, so maybe not so much difference. Someone suggested slice the loaves you make and freeze them, thawing when you need. I haven't tried it yet, but i know if you thaw carefully bread can come back perfect. I may cut in half and freeze half each time.

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by barrys » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:03 pm

I make a lot of bread at home, with and without a bread maker, and have found that, by keeping the bread in an air-tight plastic box in the fridge, it will keep for a good week or so.

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by bsdk1960 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:18 pm

^^ thanks for the tip about the plastic box in the fridge ,will try that next time

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by Dannie Boy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:32 pm

I've been making my own bread for more years than I care to remember and whilst I do occasionally get the odd mishap 9.1/2 times out of 10 the bread turns out far better than most commercially bought breads. In Thailand and in the UAE where I am at the moment, the high temperatures are not conducive to leaving it in a bread bin - I've never tried the plastic container in the fridge, but I nearly always slice and freeze the whole loaf and take a slice or two out at a time. I never use a machine and make it by hand and for those who have never tried doing it, the following link might encourage you to give it a try https://www.abreaducation.com/content/b ... heat-flour
If you navigate through the link you will find white and whole meal receipies with video guides - it really takes away the hassle of traditional methods and produces excellent results. :cheers:

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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by handdrummer » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:44 pm

for what it's worth: I looked at a bread maker at lotus today. it's called a Princess, 6000 baht. I went online and read some reviews and won't be buying it. can anyone recommend a reliable machine that's available in Thailand?
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Re: Can I buy strong bread flour here?

Post by bsdk1960 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:04 pm

handdrummer wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:44 pm
for what it's worth: I looked at a bread maker at lotus today. it's called a Princess, 6000 baht. I went online and read some reviews and won't be buying it. can anyone recommend a reliable machine that's available in Thailand?
thanks.
I know it's not exactly what youre asking about,but back home in Denmark I know some people who have a bread maker and they are not satisfied with the result they get.
I think if you wan't something different than plain white bread ,a small oven would be better and you can cook other food to.
whatever you choose ,good luck with baking,it can sometimes fail,but if you start with some easy recepi,it should workout fine.

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