Tuesday, October 14, 2003

You may also fail to wonder, when standing in front of the wall of flour at Whole Foods, if there is much of a difference between pastry flour and cake flour. You may assume they are close enough.

Then you will get home and make the flour, salt and water part of your puff pastry and put it in the fridge. You will flour your counter and then think about how oddly brown the pastry flour was. Then you will look at the flour section in your copy of Baking With Julia and read that cake flour is a supermarket staple, pastry flour is not. And that the pastry flour health and natural food stores sell is whole wheat and not suitable for most BWJ recipe purposes.

Then you will toss 4 cups or whatever of flour in the trash and drive all around town so as not to break the strike. Note for the future: Bristol Farms does not carry cake flour. Gelson's does.