Originally Posted by busyfingers
Hi, Quick question. Is corn flour the same as corn starch?
No, they're not the same thing; but unfortunately & to make things more confusing, it depends on where you're located &/or where the cookbook/recipe you're reading was published.
Here in the U.S., "corn flour"
is flour produced by grinding/processing the whole kernel of corn. It's really just corn meal that's simply been processed further into a powder. "Corn starch"
is a powder produced by grinding JUST the endosperm of the kernel, which, in a brief nutshell, is a starch that surrounds the plant embryo in the kernel.
However, in the U.K. & other parts of Europe, the terms "corn flour" & "corn starch" are used interchangeably to mean the same thing - "Corn Starch". So if you're reading a recipe from a British-published cookbook & it calls for "corn flour", chances are better than excellent that they really mean "corn starch". Oh - & every Asian recipe I've ever read that calls for "corn flour", has meant "corn starch".
So now that I've got you straightend out on that circus. . . .