Various Good Quality Flour - Cotswold Crunch, Aldi Instore £1.59 1.5KG
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Various Good Quality Flour - Cotswold Crunch, Aldi Instore £1.59 1.5KG

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Found 7th Mar 2016
I have just landed a Panasonic breadmaker in a daily deal over at Amazon so I have been on the look out for different flours to try out.

Aldi have a Easter baking specials section Instore at the moment and I saw a good number of speciality flours.

I picked up a Cotswold Crunch, Eightt Grain Strong Flour and a French T55 traditional French flour. They also had some of the 00 type flour and a few others that were all the same price.

I think that this represents good value and this Matthews Cotawold Flour looks like good stuff but i will report back after my first loaf.
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65p for 1.5kg pack allinson plain and self raising - b and m
towercourt

65p for 1.5kg pack allinson plain and self raising - b and m



That's good, but not what I'd call a speciality flour.;)
towercourt

65p for 1.5kg pack allinson plain and self raising - b and m


Good value but you can't really use this in the bread machine and I've already learnt that he results are mainly down to the quality of the flour you used.
Cristiano

Good value but you can't really use this in the bread machine and I've … Good value but you can't really use this in the bread machine and I've already learnt that he results are mainly down to the quality of the flour you used.



When you report back let us know the loaf size and ingredient mix you used. I've made two loaves with the Cotswold crunch, the first didn't rise as it should have (think it was a wholemeal mix), the second was a normal bread mix and it rose much better - but was still more dense than I would have liked.
Infiltrator

When you report back let us know the loaf size and ingredient mix you … When you report back let us know the loaf size and ingredient mix you used. I've made two loaves with the Cotswold crunch, the first didn't rise as it should have (think it was a wholemeal mix), the second was a normal bread mix and it rose much better - but was still more dense than I would have liked.


Will do. Gonna do it tonight. Will report back tomorrow am.
I use this in my panasonic whenever it's available in Aldi, but usually mix with maybe half or a third of strong white flour, so that it's a better texture, and make to a white loaf recipe with a bit of extra water. This never sells well in my local, so I usually wait a couple of weeks, and stock up when it's reduced. Cotswold crunch is our fave. Tried the others, but didn't think the French one was worth the extra cost.
Thanks OP. Loving grain infused flours at the moment (some Sainsbury's sell the Allinson's Seed and Grain White Bread Flour - which I really like) so will grab the 8 grain for sure.
I have both these flours and the trick is to mix 50/50 with white flour, use around a tbsp of yeast per 500gr of total flour. The crust sometimes comes out quite firm so i wrap in a damp tea towel after it comes out the oven to soften it up. The flour is top top quality. David Cameron uses it!!!

Just saw same recommendation above. Def use white flour and yes a little more water.


Edited by: "chelseafan6969" 7th Mar 2016
chelseafan6969

I have both these flours and the trick is to mix 50/50 with white flour, … I have both these flours and the trick is to mix 50/50 with white flour, use around a tbsp of yeast per 500gr of total flour. The crust sometimes comes out quite firm so i wrap in a damp tea towel after it comes out the oven to soften it up. The flour is top top quality. David Cameron uses it!!!Just saw same recommendation above. Def use white flour and yes a little more water.


I have tried the 8 grain flour and followed the granary loaf recipe that came with the breadmaker. Will try the other flour as you said with half white flour and see how it turns out. I think it's great how you can get 3 good loaves out of a bag. I don't like deviating from the recipe books just yet without getting a feel for how the machine works.
Use the recipe on the flour pack and just the granary program number and see how that turns out. Practice makes perfect.
You can also split the 8 grain with white flour too.

This is my standard recipe for the flour you mentioned.

I use

300g Cotswold/8 grain flour
200g white bread flour
17g oil or butter
320ml water
12G / 1tbsp yeast

Loaf size is L and program 3 (4 hours) or even 2 (1hr 55) both work fine for either loaf
Will try that next, thanks very much
Just to confirm these flours are the pretty much the best quality you can buy.
chelseafan6969

Just to confirm these flours are the pretty much the best quality you can … Just to confirm these flours are the pretty much the best quality you can buy.


No problem at all

Let me know how u like it.

Also fruit load recipe is excellent in the recipe book
chelseafan6969

David Cameron uses it!!!



...and prize for over-gushingly sycophant of the day goes to.....
superflyguy

...and prize for over-gushingly sycophant of the day goes to.....



Haha, I doubt he will be reading. Believe me there is no adulation. It was just because it made the press a while ago
towercourt

65p for 1.5kg pack allinson plain and self raising - b and m



Lol. I think you'll get on better with a strong flour for making bread.

Good price for cake and yorkie pud making flours though
Results are in! What a great looking loaf. Risen very well. Good colour. Very impressed. I will have to wait until this evening for the taste test although my wife will probably try some this afternoon.

I will certainly be buying more before this disappears from my local Knutsford branch. If anyone is interested the bags I have all have a beat before date of November 16. And interestingly a DOM date (not sure what this is to be honest) of 2nd Feb 16.
Date of Manufacture that'll be.

Have some heat anyway, top quality flour, I'll go try to grab some, house of five so we go through a LOT of bread!
maybe it was because all I could see in the picture was wood, but when I read the title I thought it said "good quality floor"

imagine my disappointment
djbenny1

maybe it was because all I could see in the picture was wood, but when I … maybe it was because all I could see in the picture was wood, but when I read the title I thought it said "good quality floor" :(imagine my disappointment


Right there with ya. Only opened the deal to post as much
Cristiano

Results are in! What a great looking loaf. Risen very well. Good colour. … Results are in! What a great looking loaf. Risen very well. Good colour. Very impressed. I will have to wait until this evening for the taste test although my wife will probably try some this afternoon. I will certainly be buying more before this disappears from my local Knutsford branch. If anyone is interested the bags I have all have a beat before date of November 16. And interestingly a DOM date (not sure what this is to be honest) of 2nd Feb 16.



Just noticed that my Cotswold crunch and eight grain in my cupboard are both best before Nov 15 - I'll let you know how they turn out
I've tasted the eight grain I made this morning and it is great. Really light and the different grains do add a lot to the bread, not too salty. Great with soup I'm having for lunch.
post #12 & #13 ??
My 4 month out of date Cotswold crunch flour seems to be fine, loaf looks and tastes good. Might give the eight grain loaf a try tomorrow with the same mix from page 1.
Strong white flour is 75p for 1.5 kg in aldi.
cheers OP!
You can freeze the flour in bags and take it out as and when needed
Tried the 8 grain today using the mix on the first page, looks nice, crust not as hard as the Cotswold crunch, toast for supper, or breakfast - or both.
Also realised not only is my flour 4 months past the best before date, but so is my yeast oO
^couldn't resist the warm bread - the eight grain makes a really nice loaf, much lighter than the Cotswold crunch which I found a bit dense.
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