Definition of plain flour in English:

plain flour

noun

British
  • [mass noun] Flour that does not contain a raising agent:

    ‘make a dough with plain flour and a little water’
    • ‘When you have finished beating gently, fold in 1 cup of sifted plain flour.’
    • ‘Add 1T plain flour to the pan juices (of which there should be about 1/4 cup), and mix well with a fork or whisk to combine.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks, another 40g caster sugar, the cornflour, plain flour and remaining milk together in a bowl until smooth.’
    • ‘Add salt and pepper, about half a teaspoon of dry mustard powder, and a rounded tablespoon of plain flour.’
    • ‘A dough using all plain flour makes good shortbread, but you can vary this by incorporating some rice flour for a crunchy texture, cornflour for a melt-in-the-mouth feel or farola (fine semolina) for a texture falling between the two.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks, another 40g of castor sugar, cornflour, plain flour and the remaining milk together in a bowl until smooth.’
    • ‘Dust the scallops with plain flour and sauté in a knob of butter for about three to four minutes.’
    • ‘My pancakes are made, as my mother taught me years ago, with eight heaped tablespoons of plain flour, two large eggs, and 500 ml milk.’
    • ‘For two hearty servings you'll need a 6oz tin of Spam, 2oz of plain flour, one small egg, a pinch each of salt and pepper, and 2 fl oz of non-fizzy beer.’
    • ‘The only change is that self-raising flour is used instead of the more traditional plain flour mixed with tartaric acid and baking powder.’
    • ‘If frying, first lightly dust the balls with a little plain flour.’
    • ‘Then, stir in the cup of plain flour and beat until smooth.’
    • ‘‘For the dough we use self-raising flour, milk, eggs, salt and oil,’ explains Alfred, ‘although back in India, we'd use plain flour and add some yeast.’’
    • ‘It seemed to me that ten ounces of plain flour with no baking powder added, mixed with a bare two ounces of lard but enough water to make the whole thing into a gooey, tacky mess was not guaranteed to result in appetizing mince pies.’
    • ‘Self raising flour is just plain flour with some rising agents added.’
    • ‘Sift 400g plain flour and a half-tsp salt into a bowl.’
    • ‘Place 4oz self-raising flour (if you've only got plain flour it will do, but self-raising gives a puffier texture) in a large bowl.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat, then allow to cool a little before sieving in the plain flour and adding the breadcrumbs, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.’
    • ‘Sift the plain flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt getting as much air into the flour as possible, then pour the prepared milk and egg into the bowl of flour and whisk.’
    • ‘I had to make Yorkshire puddings and I needed to measure out 4 ounces of plain flour.’

Pronunciation:

plain flour

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