Bread Flour Substitute

Bread Flour Substitute. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    1 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    1 min
  • Yield

If you come across a recipe that calls for bread flour, and you don't have any on hand, save yourself a trip to the store and a few bucks by using this pantry ingredient as a substitute. It's sure to keep your recipe on track.


  • All-purpose flour


Just replace the bread flour called for in the recipe with an equal amount of all-purpose flour, and proceed as usual.

What's the Difference Between Bread Flour and All-Purpose Flour?

A bit of protein. All-purpose flour has 8-11% protein; bread flour has 12-14% (whatscookingamerica). The extra protein in bread flour results in a slightly higher rise, but you'll still get a good rise with all-purpose.

Make the recipe a few times, and if you decide it’s a keeper; then, consider buying some bread flour. Who knows, you may just decide that you’re happy with the way the recipe turns out with the all-purpose flour, and if that’s the case, you can skip buying bread flour all together.

Substitutes for Other Specialty Flours

If a recipe calls for a type of flour that you don’t have in your pantry, there’s probably a substitute for it, too. So, don’t feel like you have to stock ten different types of flours to bake. Die-hard bakers will tell you there’s absolutely no substitute for the particular type of flour called for in a recipe, but in reality, the difference between one type of flour and another is too subtle for most people to even notice. Just use what you have, and enjoy the tasty results.

Here are some substitutes for specialty flours that you might not have in your pantry: