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Ignatz Dec 18, 2006 01:41 PM

OK southeastern Michigan, I need to find a good pastry flour for pie crusts. Can anyone suggest a source? Major groceries seem only to have the usual brands. West side/Ann Arbor preferred. Also, has anyone found a store which carries White Lily? While we're on the subject, has anyone used WL for pie crusts? The protein content seems about right.... Thanks.

  1. momskitchen Dec 24, 2006 04:31 PM

    I have never had any problem making great pie crusts with unbleached King Arthur flour, which you can usually find at Meijer.

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      cawa Dec 22, 2006 03:36 PM

      People's Food Coop in Ann Arbor sells organic pastry flour in their bulk section. I like it better than White Lily, which has always had a funny taste to me.

      If you need large amounts, you can also order through them for 20% over their wholesale cost.

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        Ignatz Dec 26, 2006 02:26 PM

        Will give it a try. Love the co-op. Thanks.

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          cawa Dec 28, 2006 02:12 PM

          I'm a huge fan of the co-op, too. Their flour selection is actually really amazing for a store of that size. It's great to be able to walk in and pick up just enough of a specialty flour that I need for a recipe I'm trying out.

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        gooddog Dec 19, 2006 03:34 PM

        They're not very close to the west side, but the Achatz pie shops sell pastry flour under their own label; presumably it's what they use. Check www.achatzpies.com for locations.

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          Ignatz Dec 19, 2006 06:37 PM

          gooddog: As will most of us here, I'm more than willing to drive ridiculous distances for the right ingredients. Thanks for the tip.

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          annex Dec 18, 2006 05:14 PM

          Not west side, but how about Hiller's? I am not a baker, but I almost certain I've seen White Lily there. They also have a pretty good selection of Bob's Red Mill products (at end caps at both ends of the baking aisle), and Bob's web site shows they sell a pastry flour.

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            Ignatz Dec 18, 2006 06:14 PM

            Hiller's! Thanks--I had forgotten all about them. Will check them out.

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              annex Dec 19, 2006 09:13 PM

              FYI, I was there today and saw bags of White Lily. In the Bob's display, they only had whole wheat pastry flour. However, they did have small bags of Arrowhead Mills organic pastry flour as well in the baking aisle.

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