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Masfar Oct 2, 2011 10:14 AM

Hi guys,
Just wondering if anyone knows a good place to buy supplies for baking or cake decorating. Things like baking parchment, cup cake cases etc. I have tried Superama, Mega and Soriana to no avail (I live in Coyoacan).

Cheers
Hina

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    kcward Oct 2, 2011 06:14 PM

    Try the shops around Mercado San Juan,they've got just about everything.

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      Anonimo Oct 3, 2011 02:38 AM

      Near Mercado San Juan is La Molinera El Progreso, at Aranda 26 bis, near the corner of Ayuntamiento. There you will find most of the ingredients you need, although I don't specifically know if they carry paper baking cases.

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        Masfar Oct 3, 2011 03:22 PM

        Thanks guys - will try get up there this weekend!

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      shank Oct 6, 2011 10:21 AM

      Please report back if you are successful. Also, it's been my experience that yeast is not sold in grocery stores. Someone told me you have to go to a bakery. Have you managed to buy yeast here in DF? Where?

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        Masfar Oct 6, 2011 12:51 PM

        You can buy yeast in Superama and Mega-ask in the bakery section. It is in a little yellow box and is called 'Tradi-pan'

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          shank Oct 7, 2011 10:22 AM

          Good to know. I had asked in Soriana, but I'll check one of the other mercados. Definitely helpful to know to ask for Tradi-pan. Thanks!

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          deeb Oct 7, 2011 02:34 PM

          That's odd. Here in Guadalajara I can regularly find SAF yeast in Soriana. I have also purchased yeast at the abastos market without issue.

          On the other hand, I've never been able to find parchment paper and finally started importing it when friends and relatives come and go to the US.

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            Masfar Oct 9, 2011 11:34 AM

            I managed to get my mitts on some wax paper in Mega the other day and stockpiled a few rolls. It's not as good as parchment paper but more effective than just oiling the tins.

            Also managed to get cupcakes cases in Mercado del Jamaica yesterday. They didn't have any muffin cases but it was $16 for about 200 from one of those stalls that sell paper plates, cups etc.

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          fabiola1 Oct 9, 2011 05:52 PM

          you should go to Belle cuisine. It is a store located in Arquimedes between Campos Eliseos and Masaryk. You can find many baking supplies as well as cake decorating utensils. Check out the class calendar!!! is a bit far from coyoacan but worth the trip. You can even find luster dust!!!

          1. veryconsumista Oct 17, 2011 05:14 PM

            I don't know if this is helpful at all (I'm not a baker), but I visited this store on Avenida Revolución, close to metro Barranca del Muerto. It's called Maricú, and they have tons of baking products. Eyecandy even for someone who doesn't spend much time by the oven :)

            I'm trying to remember specifically what I saw... They had very nice-looking aprons, cookie cutters in all shapes, pipes (I think that's the name in English? the things you use to 'draw' with the frosting), lots of silicone goods, molds, stands, colorful assorted goods (measuring cups, spoons)... I don't know how their pricing compares to other baking supply stores, but I did see that they offer some discount to culinary students from certain schools (in case you know any that would be willing to go there with you).

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              mongtz Oct 26, 2011 10:18 AM

              The best place by far is Central Gourmet: Moliere 495, esq andromaco. col polanco

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                gueraaven Jan 30, 2012 12:04 AM

                A few of these are new for me - will try them out! Thanks.

                Anyone know if any of these carry different kinds of flour? Specifically I'm most wanting a place for unbleached flour, cake flour, 00 pasta flour, and (now i'm getting greedy) any of the other fun flours a la Bob's Red Mill selection. I can always bring it back from the US, but it tends to be heavy and dusty.

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                  veryconsumista Apr 1, 2012 10:47 AM

                  I found people who import Bob's Red Mill products. They're on the decidedly expensive side (esp. compared to their retail price in the US), but here you go: http://organicosenlinea.com/

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                    gueraaven May 13, 2012 11:15 PM

                    Check it out! That's great, but expensive. I've got a few more tips for anyone else following this thread...

                    - Central Gourmet near the Polanco Costco has several kinds of Gold Medal flours and cake flour
                    - a few places, including my local organic store in Condesa, have a limited selection of Bob's. Mostly rye, rice, and soy flours for now. Sometimes buckwheat.

                    No luck on 00 flour yet.

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                  ajuscoJohn Mar 28, 2013 07:40 PM

                  In the south, try Plaza San Jeronimo at the corner of Periferico Sur and San Jeronimo. There are at least two and possibly three shops there selling baking supplies. One of them, perhaps the best, is located in the corner beside the Laboratorios Polanco, close to GNC and a Chinese restaurant. It is serious, aimed at semi-pros at least. I've even found cornmeal there from time to time, and they have lots of baking flours, baking chocolates, etc.

                  There's another up to the west, facing the side of the Home Depot. It is larger and I've been there once, but it looked interesting. There are a couple of other places in that eccentric plaza that also sell baking dishes and some baking supplies

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                    NiamhR Jun 12, 2013 03:40 PM

                    On a related subject, I'm thinking of buying a breadmaker and the American sites I've looked at recommend something called bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. Has anyone found this in Mexico City? If not, do you have a workaround? Do you need to adjust the amount of raising agent due to the altitude? Any tips appreciated!

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                      Soul Vole Jun 12, 2013 09:51 PM

                      Using all-purpose flour for bread is fine, if not ideal. I haven't checked some of the places mentioned above. I can say that in Superama and Soriana, where I normally do my shopping, I've never seen anything but AP flour. Not even in the high-end City Market stores. You can buy a jar of black truffles for 1300 pesos, but they only sell AP flour. Go figure.

                      I've had reasonable success just following normal bread recipes, though I'm sure you can tweak things for better results. Maybe somebody more knowledgeable about that can chime in, or just search on "high altitude baking". The one thing you should know is that water boils at about 199°F here, so if you wait until the internal temperature is at the usual 205-210°, it's going to be overcooked and dry. I aim for about 195°.

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                        Masfar Jun 13, 2013 12:06 PM

                        You can by proper bread flour in Superama and Commercial Mexicana but it is super expensive - $90* for 1kg!

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                          NiamhR Jun 13, 2013 12:45 PM

                          Thanks a lot. What's it called in Spanish?

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                            Soul Vole Jun 15, 2013 09:45 PM

                            I'd expect to see something like "harina para hacer pan", but ultimately you want to check the nutrition label. It's about the protein content. Check that the serving size is 100g (which it always is in my experience). All-purpose flour is then 9-12 grams of protein, and if you see 12-16 grams then you're in bread flour range.

                            If all you can find is AP flour then pick the one with the highest protein. 11g is the highest I've run across.

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                              Masfar Jun 15, 2013 09:48 PM

                              The flour I've seen in the supermarket is labeled in English as it is imported. That's why it so expensive

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                            NiamhR Jun 24, 2013 02:29 PM

                            I was just in the US and brought some back, along with SAF yeast. The range of baking products in supermarkets there is amazing! Will have a look in Superama the next time I go. Just in case I don't find it, which Superama did you find it in?

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                        pendragon Apr 14, 2014 06:58 AM

                        Hi guys

                        I like to know a place where for sure I can find in Mexico City buckwheat flour. They don't have it in San Juan nor en el Molinera el Progreso.

                        Thanks in advance

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                          Anonimo Apr 15, 2014 10:04 AM

                          You could ask at a Kosher supermarket, as in Colonia Polanco. Or inquire at a Russian restaurant.

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                            cristina Apr 15, 2014 03:01 PM

                            Take a look at this:
                            http://cotesudbistrot.blogspot.mx/2011/09/ya-tenemos-harina-de-alforfon-trigo.html

                            The thread on that page dates to 2013, but if there's a phone number, give them a call.

                            Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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                              pendragon Apr 15, 2014 08:54 PM

                              Hi

                              Thanks. I will find out about a kosher supermarket and ask a Russian restaurant but they may receive it through the embassy.

                              Cristina : thanks for the tip : I will call them.

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