How to Make Colored Flour

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Dye your boring white flour a vibrant color using powdered food coloring.
Dye your boring white flour a vibrant color using powdered food coloring. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

When it comes to coloring your baked goods, you may find it difficult to simply add liquid food coloring to your dough to get a perfectly uniform color. Attaining a rich color is difficult because liquid food coloring is not very concentrated; it has usually been diluted, which creates a weak tint. Whether you're simply trying to dye dough, or you're celebrating "Clean Monday" in Greece (see Resources), it's best to use powdered food coloring to first dye the flour.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl
  • Powdered food coloring
  • Spoon

Pour the desired amount of flour into a large bowl.

Add 1 tsp. of powdered food coloring for every 3 cups of flour. This may not seem like a lot, but powdered food coloring is very concentrated – which means a little will go a long way.

Mix the food coloring into the flour using a spoon. Do not use your hands as they will be dyed.

Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 until the desired color has been reached, mixing very well in between each food coloring addition.

Prepare your recipe, then cook or bake as usual.

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