What is Corn Flour?

What is corn flour? Is it corn starch?

By Terri from Douglasville, GA

November 17, 20090 found this helpful

Cornflour is not corn starch. It is finely ground corn much like cornmeal. It can be used for cornbread as well as cornmeal.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Here in Australia, cornflour is what you in the U.S. call corn starch. I believe it is the same in the United Kingdom as well. If possible check where the recipe originally came from or in which country it was published to ensure you are using the correct product.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

I kept thinking corn flour was corn meal too but it is indeed corn starch :-)

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

Terri, In a word, Yes. Here in the UK it has various uses,including making sweet and savoury sauces, and to thicken,soups, casseroles and gravy. Hope this helps.

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

Hello Terri,

Cornstarch and cornflour are NOT the same in North America.

Cornflour comes in yellow and white and is used in combination with other flours in baking.

Cornflour is milled from the whole kernel and cornstarch comes from the endosperm portion of the kernel.

You can use white cornflour for blending with wheat flour to reduce gluten if you make pastries, cookies, cakes etc.

In some countries, like in the UK and Australia, the term cornflour is used synonymously with the US term cornstarch.

It is a bit confusing, but they are NOT the same product.

Happy baking,


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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

This is a bit confusing. But from what I can tell, the recipe was from someone in Australia. And so the corn flour referred to, must be what is corn starch in America. The responses were very helpful!

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

I live in europe but I prefer using u.s. recipes when Ibake. u.s. cornstarch is cornflour. I'm assuming the American version of cornflour is our version of cornmeal or polenta (just the continental way of saying it). By the way, u.s. baking soda is our bicarbonate of soda. it is not baking powder.

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