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Bread Flour brands - which is best?

Kris | Apr 19, 200809:52 AM

For Christmas 2007, my husband bought me a Zojirushi mini bread machine. I find that I'm enjoying the bread made in it much better than store bought supermarket breads.

Since it's just the two of us, the 1 pound loaf is sufficient. I pretty much stick to basic white bread for sandwiches, but from time time, I make cinnamon raisin bread, potato bread and whole wheat using the King Arthur brand bread flour.

This past Sunday, I bought a 5 pound bag for $3.49. On Thursday, I went back to the same store for some other groceries and noticed that both the King Arthur Bread flour and Whole Wheat Bread flours had gone up in price to $4.99.

I'm wondering if any of the supermarket brands of bread flour (Gold Medal or Pillsbury) are any good. They are cheaper than the King Arthur flours, but will they still bake a good loaf of bread? Or should I just suck it up and stick with King Arthur?

I understand that there's a huge spike in flour prices now, but a $1.50 increase in four days for the King Arthur brand seems pretty steep.

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