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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).

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

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    1. re: kcward

      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.

      1. re: Anonimo

        Thanks guys - will try get up there this weekend!

    2. 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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      1. re: shank

        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'

        http://mybiriyaniopus.wordpress.com

        1. re: Masfar

          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!

        2. re: shank

          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.

          1. re: deeb

            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.

        3. 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. 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).

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

              1. 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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                1. re: gueraaven

                  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/

                  1. re: veryconsumista

                    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.

                2. 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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: NiamhR

                      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°.

                      1. re: Soul Vole

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

                        1. re: Masfar

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

                          1. re: NiamhR

                            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.

                            1. re: Soul Vole

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

                          2. re: Masfar

                            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?

                      2. 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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                        1. re: pendragon

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

                          1. re: pendragon

                            Take a look at this:
                            http://cotesudbistrot.blogspot.mx/201...

                            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

                            1. re: cristina

                              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.

                            2. re: pendragon

                              I've found it in some Asian markets. Might try Super 99 on Miguel Angel Quevedo, where i even once found pure-buckwheat soba noodles. Oddly, they also have cornmeal/polenta, or the Chinese variant

                              1. re: ajuscoJohn

                                Hi John

                                Thanks. I just called Super 99 and they do not seem to have it. On the other hand getting out of the Auditorio metro station I saw they were about to open a big "Baking Products" store...
                                I am also going to check the CotesSud stand at the Poushkin market on Sundays.
                                Ojala I found it...