Matthews Cotswold 100% Canadian Great White Flour
Matthews Cotswold Canadian Great White flour is a premium strength white flour milled from quality imported Canadian wheat. The flour produces a strong flexible dough down to the natural strength in the Canadian wheat proteins.
A very strong white bread flour with 14% protein produces a strong dough with great extensibility. Matthews 100% Canadian Great White deserves its title as “Great White” super strong bread flour.
This is one of the strongest white bread flours in the UK both in terms of protein quality and protein strength. Perfect for open texture bread, great on its own to bake by hand or in a bread maker. Experiment and blend with other lower protein ancient wholegrain flours or in your sourdough recipes.
Perfect for: Boosting your bread making recipes, and sourdough.
Delivers: Very strong bread flour due to natural high protein level in wheat.
Traditional roller milling
Provenance & Milling: Premium imported Canadian wheat, roller milled in the Cotswolds.
Perfect for: Bread, rolls, sourdough
Contains: Canadian wheat
Recipe for Everyday White Sourdough Bread
60g recently fed sourdough starter
5g teaspoon sea salt
320ml tepid filtered water (or boiled water)
500g Matthews Canadian Great White Strong Bread flour
Rice flour (for dusting)
2 to 3 hours before you want to start your sourdough bread, take the starter out of the fridge and feed it with 40g filtered water and 40g strong white bread flour.
Mix well, cover with cling film (or a shower cap) and set to one side to start working.
After 2 to 3 hours the starter should be frothy and light with lots of bubbles and it may be making a noise, as in singing! It’s now ready to use. Put the covered starter back in the fridge until it is needed next time you want to bake.
Place a bowl onto some digital scales and set the tare to zero.
Add 60g of sourdough starter and set the tare to zero again; then add the salt and water, again, I find it easier to set the tare to zero before adding the flour.
Take the bowl off the scales and mix well, it will look rough and lumpy, but never fear it will soon start to look like bread dough!
Cover the dough with cling film/shower cap and set to one side.
After an hour, uncover it and with your hands, bring the dough from the outside, and fold it into the middle. Do this for about 15 to 20 times – I find it is easier if I rotate the bowl at the same time.
Cover it and set to one side.
Do the folding and turning action two or three more times over the next few hours, by this time the dough will be smooth, elastic and sticky. I start this at about 3pm to 4pm and the dough is ready at about 8pm to 9pm.
Once the dough is smooth and elastic (see above) and it will have risen by now too, take a 22cm (9″) to 24cm (10″) banneton basket and dust it with rice flour.
Do one more set of folding actions with the dough and then place the ball of dough into the floured banneton basket. Ease the dough up around the sides, sprinkle some more flour around it and then sprinkle some over the top of the dough.
Cover with cling film/shower cap and set to one side in a cool place to prove overnight. (I use my pantry which is about 14 degrees C)
In the morning, the dough will have risen overnight and you will have a large, round ball of smooth dough that’s ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 230C/220C Fan/450F/425F Fan/Gas mark 8 and line a large 30cm (15″) cast iron casserole dish (Dutch oven) that has a lid, with grease-proof baking paper.
Uncover and invert the dough into the cast iron pot and then score the top with a lame or a razor blade. Place the lid on the pot and bake in the pre-heated oven for 50 minutes until the bread is well-risen, golden brown and with a crisp crust. NB: if you want a darker crust, take the lid off and bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes
Recipe Recommendation: Ideal for a high protein loaf suitable for long fermentation breads. Mix with Eight Grain for a strong multi grain loaf or use with a Rye flour recipe.
Wheat Origin: Canada
Allergy Advice: For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold.
Flour is a raw ingredient and must be cooked or baked before eating.
About Matthews Cotswold
MILLING BRITAIN’S FINEST FLOUR FOR OVER 100 YEARS
With a milling legacy spanning eight generations, Matthews Cotswold Flour is one of the UK’s oldest family-run flour mills. Trading grain and milling flour in the heart of the Cotswolds since the 1800s. We believe passionately that our local farming partnerships, traditional milling methods and premium grain selection make for better baking.
We are proud to offer premium quality Organic and Stoneground Wholegrain flour, using grain from local farmers and time-honoured milling techniques.
Generations of farming families
The Matthews Cotswold Flour story began when the original FWP (Frederick) Matthews built a mill on the river Evenlode in 1912. You’ll find us working here to this day, overlooking the picturesque Cotswold village of Shipton-Under-Wychwood. It’s not a bad office view!
The Matthews family have spent over 100 years developing, improving and innovating to consistently produce the very best flour and baking products. Today, the company is led by father and son team Paul and Bertie Matthews – FWP Matthews’ great, great grandsons. This sustained passion and expertise passed down through generations, continues to inform every step of our process – from our local ethos to our traditional methods.
To keep this flour at its very best never let the flour become damp. Store in a cool, dry place, allow good air circulation.