czech flour guide
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Czech Flour Guide

There are many types of flour in the Czech Republic and it can be a little overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with the local classification of flour. Czech flour doesn’t have to be a mystery though and we’ve prepared a simple guide that will help you navigate through the flour isles in the Czech grocery stores!

Classification

In the Czech Republic the basic types of flour are classified according to the intensity of grinding – so basically, if the grain is fine or coarse. This can be confusing if you’re used to standardization of flour according to use but don’t worry, it’s very easy.

Additionally, the name of the flour can also indicate the amount of gluten and, of course, what the flour’s made of.

Czech Flour Types

According to Coarseness

Hladká mouka (Fine)

Hladká mouka is the most finely ground flower. It’s used for koláče (kolache), buchty, yeast dough in general, biscuits, pancakes and for thickening sauces (roux). The US equivalent would be all-purpose flour, in Australia and the United Kingdom, use plain flower. The equivalent flour in Spain is harina de trigo. Special sub-type of this flour is the so-called cake flour or hladká mouka dortová in Czech. It is more white and lighter but its use is not very common in the Czech Republic. In Spain it is harina de repostería.

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Finely ground white flour

Polohrubá mouka (Semi-coarse)

Less fine than hladká mouka but can often be replaced by it in recipes. The name translated as semi coarse flour. Typical use in Czech cuisine is for bábovka (bundt cake or marble cake), gingerbread cookies, bublanina (sponge cake), types of batter like třené těsto (Rührteig in German) or lité těsto and also drobenka (rubbed dough which is used to sprinkle a certain type of cakes). Its equivalent in the US is the Wondra flour. In Australia, the equivalent is the Continental sharp flour.

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Semi coarse flour

Hrubá mouka (Coarse)

This is coarse flour and it’s used for dumplings, pasta, drobenka (mentioned above). It can be replaced by krupice. It is not easy to substitute the coarse flour, however, the best option is probably to mix the Wondra flour or any type of semi-coarse/continental sharp or fine/plain flour you have with semolina, farina or cream of wheat.

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Coarse flour

Krupice

Krupice is the most coarsely ground flour and it’s great for dumplings including the potato dumplings, for thickening soups and its variety krupička is used to make pap for toddlers and also a dish called krupičná kaše.

According to Parts of Grain

Depending on the parts of the grain that are being ground into the flour the Czech cuisine distinguishes the following types:

White flour

Only the center of the grain is used to make the white flour, in Czech bílá mouka or světlá mouka.

Whole-wheat flour

The whole caryopsis is ground into this type of flour giving it brown color. This flour is called celozrnná mouka.

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Whole-wheat flour

Bread flour

Chlebová mouka contains parts of the caryopsis (part of the grain, shoot and coat) and is therefore something between the white flour and the whole-wheat flour.

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Bread flour

According to Gluten Content

Gluten-free wheat flour

Normally, flour comes with gluten in the Czech Republic, as it is most typically made from wheat. However, with the awareness of gluten allergies on the rise the offer on gluten-free products is growing. An the same goes for the flours. Besides flours made from other plants than wheat – we will talk about them later – there are gluten-free wheat flours as well and special gluten-free mixtures. If you want gluten-free flour, look for bezlepková mouka.

High gluten content

Flours with high gluten content are used in the Czech cuisine especially for making pastries such as apple strudel (jablečný štrúdl). Gluten makes the dough more elastic. Usually the flours with high gluten content are called pizza mouka (pizza flour). You can also look for the letter T and the number behind it. The higher the number, the more whole-wheat the flour and the less gluten it contains. In Spain, it is the harina de fuerza.

Naturally gluten-free flours

There are plenty of natural gluten-free flours, you’ll find them in the next paragraph.

According to Plant

Cereal flour with gluten

Wheat flour

Wheat flour or pšeničná mouka is the most common type in Czech Republic. If you talk about flour without specifying the type, it is assumed that you talk about wheat flour.

Rye flour

Žitná mouka is often added into wheat bread dough because it’s healthier. It has greyish color and rises more difficultly that wheat flour.

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Rye flour
Barley flour

If you want barley flour, look for ječná mouka. It is not very common though and you’ll rather find it in shops specializing in alternative food.

Oat flour

The oat flour or ovesná mouka isn’t very common but rolled oats are, you can find them in any grocery store and pass them through your blender at home.

Spelt flour

Spelt flour is a healthier type of wheat flour (read more about spelt here). And you’ll find it as špaldová mouka in the Czech stores.

Spelt flour

Cereal flours gluten-free

  • jáhlová mouka – millet flour
  • rýžová mouka – rice flour
  • pohanková mouka – buckwheat flour
  • kukuřičná mouka – corn flour
  • čiroková mouka – sorghum flour
  • tapioková mouka – tapioca flour

Legume flours

  • kukuřičná mouka – corn flour
  • cizrnová mouka – chickpea flour
  • čočková mouka – lentil flour

Nut and seed flours

  • kokosová mouka – coconut flour
  • madlová mouka – almond flour
  • lískoořechová mouka – hazelnut flour
  • arašídová mouka – peanut flour
  • mouka z vlašských ořechů – walnut flour
  • sezamová mouka – sesame seed flour
  • lněná mouka – flaxseed flour
  • mouka z dýňových semínek – pumpkin seed flour

 

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