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janzy Apr 11, 2008 03:34 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy some hi-gluten flour in the Boston area?
None at my local markets.

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  1. PinchOfSalt Apr 11, 2008 04:45 AM

    What kind of hi-gluten flour? The regular kind that is good for making bread? Or the even stronger type that is good for bagels and bialies and the like? The first kind is usually sold as "bread flour" and can be found in most supermarkets. Its protein content is 14 percent or so. The second kind I have only been able to get by mail order / over the Internet. I get it from King Arthur Flour. It is their "Sir Lancelot" flour. It is so high in gluten that you really need to knead it by machine. I suppose you can buy similar flour from local bakery supply dealers, but you would probably have to get a large amount, perhaps a 50 pound bag.

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      JoanN Apr 11, 2008 05:02 AM

      I mail order the King Arthur Sir Lancelot as well. It makes the best pizza crust ever. I've never seen it in a brick-and-mortar store--even ones that carry a pretty good selection of KA flours.

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        itaunas Apr 11, 2008 05:07 AM

        Your best bet for small quantities of high gluten flour is to find a Pizza Shop that will sell it to you. I would look for the Sir Lancelot that PinchOfSalt mentions, a lot of the other flours that pizzerias use are bromated. King Arthur also sells it mail order and its fairly inexpensive by the 50lb bag locally. Costco has slightly larger flour bags than retail including King Arthur all purpose, but don't believe they have the Sir Lancelot. For Italian specialty flours, Capone repackages the caputo pizza and pasta flours (milled differently and closer to a bread flour in gluten levels).

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        janzy Apr 11, 2008 06:10 AM

        I'm looking to make some brioche dough for sticky buns.
        The recipe calls for 2 1/2 C of all purpose flour and 2 1/2 C of hi-gluten.

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          JoanN Apr 11, 2008 07:11 AM

          In that instance, I'd use regular bread flour. No need for the Sir Lancelot.

          And not that you asked, but I've made the sticky buns from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking from My Home to Yours" and they're the best I've ever eaten. I reported on them here:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347469#2073055

          And I found an online recipe here:

          http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabo...

          If you're not wedded to your recipe, I couldn't recommend these more highly.

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          lisa13 Apr 11, 2008 07:44 AM

          in a pinch, you could also use regular flour, then add extra wheat gluten separately. They sell vital wheat gluten at whole foods, and I bet you could get it at many supermarkets too. The brand I've seen most often is Bob's Red Mill.

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            ChrisConcord Apr 11, 2008 01:34 PM

            Bob's is available at Debra's Natural Gourmet here in West Concord. I use it when I make pizza dough, just a few spoonfulls so the dough will stretch without tearing.

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              janzy Apr 11, 2008 02:12 PM

              I saw vital wheat gluten at Shaws. I just don't know the ratio to mix with regular flour. Maybe it will be on the box.

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                ChrisConcord Apr 11, 2008 03:13 PM

                For pizza dough I have had success with about a tablespoon, maybe two to a cup of bread flour. Just trying to give it enough elasticity so I can stretch it thin without it falling apart.

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                  lisa13 Apr 12, 2008 12:02 PM

                  Yes, there are usually directions on the package.

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                bostonhound Apr 11, 2008 04:16 PM

                Costco carries it. All Trumps brand.

                http://www.gmflour.com/gmflour/pflour...

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