Where do you buy pastry or cake flour?
- sixelagogo Jan 24, 2008 12:33 PM
I live in NJ and have been fruitlessly searching for NON whole wheat pastry or cake flour, though i'm in need of some serious poundage and the small "Silk" brand cake flour won't be able to cut it...the only stuff i see is king arthur's whole wheat pastry or another whole wheat sort...anyone have a clue on this one?
Do any of your local markets carry Swan's Down cake flour? It's relatively inexpensive and comes in a good size box (I can't remember the weight, sorry!). I also get cake flour and pastry flour, both non whole wheat, from the King Arthur Flour Company. Check out their website. I always place orders by phone as I get the Baker's Catalogue each month and people are always so pleasant and helpful. I would imagine you could order from their site. I love their flours. Hope this helps!!
I also live in NJ and often have a hard time finding cake flour. I found Soft as Silk at Wegman's in Princeton and Swan's Down at McCaffrey's in West Windsor and Princeton. I much prefer Soft as Silk, but it's touch and go as far as its availability. I went to a Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Altoona, PA and they had it for $1.99 a box - I bought 2 dozen!
Depending on how much you want/need, you might be able to order a large bag directly from General Mills. Their foodservice size of Soft as Silk is branded "Purasnow".
If you are serious about a source for high-weight pastry flour, contact a stand-alone bakery and see if they can hook you up with the local King Arthur distributor. They only sell in 50Lb bags, but the price is right and the quality cant be beat.
K-A Round Table is my preferred pastry flour. K_A's Queen Genvieve cake flour is great stuff, but I doubt you will need a 50lb bag.
They also see organic flours if you are interested.