March is National Flour Month. It is such a basic ingredient when it comes to baking and cooking, but there are so many varieties and unique things to do with each.

So many different flours! How do you use them, and what should you make? Read this flour guide and get some ideas.

What’s your favorite flour recipe?

All Purpose Flour

As the name implies, this flour can be used for generally all-purposes, though some recipes will do better with a more specialized flour. However, if this is all you have on hand it works in a pinch. From baking bread, brownies and cookies to coating your meat for a nice crust. Here’s some recipes to try using your All-Purpose Flours.

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies from A Day In Motherhood

Pear Pecan Bread from A Day In Motherhood

Easy Chicken Piccata from A Day In Motherhood

Whole Wheat Flour

When using whole wheat flour, you will end up with a bit denser product as the wheat germ and bran are added back in after it is milled. This creates a flour higher in protein then your A-P Flour.  You may find because of this, many recipes using whole wheat include all-purpose to balance out the density. Enjoy these recipe you may not have thought to try using Whole Wheat.

Whole Wheat Pie Crust from Tastes of Lizzy T.

Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls from An Oregon Cottage

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Food Folks and Fun

Easy Pumpkin Muffins from A Day In Motherhood

Cake Flour

I think you can figure out what cake flour is used for, without my explaining it. With the lowest amount of protein, this makes it perfect for fluffy baked goods like cakes, but also biscuits and anything else you want to have a more fluffy texture. If you don’t have cake flour on hand when a craving hits, try this substitute from The Gracious Wife.

Fluffy Cake Flour Pancakes from Today’s Creative Life

Victoria Sponge Cake with Blood Orange Curd from Nellie Bellie

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes from A Day In Motherhood

Bread Flour

Ah, bread. When you have a craving for carbs, well we usually turn to bread right? Working with the yeast, bread flours creates fantastic loaves that we all love. Can’t you smell these baking in your home right now? It isn’t just great for bread though!

Homemade English Muffins from Baked by an Introvert

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies from Baking is a Science

Amish White Bread from Restless Chipotle