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Canadian Flour

Feb 23, 2006 | From the kitchen of Rose

MARION QUESTION

In the Bread Bible you recommend some brands of flour which I can't find in Canada. We have Robin Hood, Monarch, Five Roses and then the generic store brands. I have gone to the brand websites but they do not post the protien count of their flour. Could you recommend some brands that we up here in Ontario Canada can use to make bread?

ROSE REPLY

Canadian unbleached all-purpose and Canadian bread flour perform well in my yeast bread recipes. For quick breads using butter, however, it is necessary to use bleached all purpose flour or the center of the bread will fall and have a gloppy texture on cooling. For more information or specific questions regarding Canadian flour/brands and baking, you can contact editors@betterbaking.com

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My mother has used Monarch flour to make home made pasta's for many years. The noodles are tasty and everyone raves about her dishes.

I also use only Monarch for my home made pastas and can promise you it tastes great.

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Here's your content:


Monarch Pastry Flour

With slightly more protein and a bit higher ash content than its hi-ratio counterpart, Monarch Pastry Flour is a soft, bleached, supple cake flour. It is best-suited for donuts, low-sugar-ratio cakes, muffins and pastries.

Moisture %: 13.7
Ash %: ~0.50
Protein %: ~8.5

It comes from [url=http://www.adm.com/en-US/Milling/CanadianWheat/Pages/MonarchPastry.aspx]ADM[/url].

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Hi, I have used nothing but all-purpose flour, usually Robin Hood, for years in ALL my recipes, bread, pastry, cakes, cookies etc...and have never had problems....except in blueberry grunt, I am suspecting it MAY have been a poor recipe....it could be because in Canada all-purpose flour has been used for everything since at least 1902(I have a few vintage cookbooks).....so I get curious when I hear someone depends on cake&pastry flour, which I have little experience in using.....

My *personal favorite* shortbread cookie recipe calls for 3/4c. butter, 1/2c. icing sugar,1/2c. cornstarch and 1c. AP flour....sift dry cut in butter knead to smooth ball chill in fridge 30 min. roll & cut in cookies bake 350 F for 15-20 min.

My stand-by pie crust makes 6 single 9" crusts, calls for mixing 5c. flour 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. salt, cut in 1 lb. shortening or lard, then, crack an egg in a 1c. measuring cup, add 1 tbsp. vinegar and fill to 1c. line with cold water, mix gently, add liquid to flour&lard mixture and blend(and chill in fridge for an hour) and roll out per usual. Will keep in fridge for a month or freezer for 3 months.
If you are ever in a jam again, hope this is useful! Give it a try to see if it is to your liking :)

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How many Canadians have taken university level chemistry courses? Because that is what you need to understand the food labels in Canadian factory manufactured food items...why not just put 'niacin' 'thiamine' etc....on the labels, it sure would give Canadian shoppers peace of mind, and food manufacturers greater accountability and transparancy.....really, grocery shopping has become such a chore these last 30-40 years, our grandparents did not have to go thru this and it is plainly not fair to the general public....I would love to buy tv dinners and shop from the cookie aisle but because there are too many ingredients I do not recognize I've boycotted the items for the last 20 years more or less! And did my own cooking. Also I have some university chemistry, but it is still not enough to keep up with the food industry in this country.
Most Canadians are aware that our milk and flour are fortified with vitamins but I completely understand this german person's bewilderment!

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Hi I appreciate what you say, I am in the Canadian East and get frustrated not knowing what the ingredients are, I tend to stay away from tv dinners and factory made baked goods, cookies etc....
But some of the problem, is that like flour will use a complicated chemical name instead of just saying 'niacin' 'thiamine'....Canadians are usually aware that this is the case with flour, and milk too, but not with other products.....Really you shouldn't have to be a chemistry student to understand the food labels.
So what sort of flour is used in German baking?
Another thing, turmeric is a spice that is used to also dye clothing a bright yellow, very colorfast, and completely safe to eat, but it may have a chemical name on our food labels, so how do we know? It is frustrating, to say the least....

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I just wanted to say the bleach flour has been bleach with peroxide so it is not a very healthy flour to use, any unbleach is better. I have been baking since I was a kid and my bread has never fell apart. By the way I bake from scratch I kneed my flour.

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I checked out your link its actually http://www.arvaflourmill.com/ :) Gonna go dive into history, and drool... lol!

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You could try the pastry flour from the Arva Flour Mill in Arva Ontario. It's a lower protein and would probably work well for you. You can buy directly from them on line.
Their website is www.arvaflourmill.com

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The smaller flour mills are difficult to find and usually don't distribute widely but the historic Arva Flour Mill has recently started selling their all natural flours and offer free shipping in Ontario and Quebec. Their flours are all natural and milled the same way they milled it over 100 years ago. It is Canada's oldest water powered flour mill still operating.
Their website is www.arvaflourmill.ca

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well, don't give up!

you may go see an gastroentorologist...he might be the best person to help you finding and assess your trouble...

all the best!

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Hmm, lemme think :)
Pasta out (unless its made ONLY with durum wheat, then I have no problems)
Bread out (and I've JUST learned to make some so its like torture)
Baby cereal (a la Pablum) - which I like, especially when my blood sugar drops - out :(
and capsule/man made vitamins. out.

I will say THIS, I do have a wonky system, and I'm on a learning path of many years figuring out what I can and cannot eat. (which seems to be less and less every year). So I eat mostly fresh or made from scratch foods. I just wish they'd have ONE option for us to buy the flour "au naturel" (my brain is in French mode right now). I'd really like to try that and see. I'm not saying I'm allergic to the minerals and stuff but I do have repercussions. I can eat almonds no problems, but... oh well.

I am trying to eat less gluten, so the bread stuff I make gets mostly given to friends and neighbors ;)

Cheers!

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Hi Cynthia,
I am really sorry that some fortified foods give you some pain. Let me just clarify something: The vitamins that Robin Hood (for example) add in the flour are to replenish the flour of nutriments that are lost with the grinding and with the removal of the bran...they are not meant to fortify the flour...

You must be intolerant to other "fortifiers", since all they add is some vitamins and minerals, and I never, ever, heard about someone being allergic/intolerant to vitamins and minerals.
Try to look what other kinds of fortified foods give you those symptoms. Maybe try avoiding any gluten...

good luck

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Hi Alex,

though the added chemicals are added by law, I have to disagree with you that it will not hurt me. Every single time I've had products that are fortified, I get intense stomach pains and heart burn and leg cramps (I've tested this time and again with pasta). So, I wish there was a flour that was just the natural deal, no added stuff. I can supplement the rest myself, a lot more healthily :)
Cheers!

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Mareia,

Highland Farms also carries both of these flours and there are a few north end stores if that's the area that's most convenient for you (Dufferin and Steeles, or Rutherford just north of Vaughan Mills.

Sophia

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Mareia Bourantanis
Mareia Bourantanis in reply to comment from Rozanne
12/29/2011 05:56 PM

Thank you so much for your reply; I am baking Melomacarona cookies (Greek Christmas cookie) Didn't do any this year as I could not find Swans Down Flour anywhere. I am heading into the city tomorrow to visit my sister and there is a Bruno's at the top of her street on Avenue Road so I will definitely pick up a couple of boxes along with Monarch Pastry flour which the recipe also calls for,
Rose, thanks again and have a good trip
Mareia

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Thank you so much for your reply; I am baking Melomacarona cookies (Greek Christmas cookie) Didn't do any this year as I could not find Swans Down Flour anywhere. I am heading into the city tomorrow to visit my sister and there is a Bruno's at the top of her street on Avenue Road so I will definitely pick up a couple of boxes along with Monarch Pastry flour which the recipe also calls for,
Rose, thanks again and have a good trip
Mareia

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Helen Clarmo
Helen Clarmo
12/14/2011 09:53 AM

I bought a 10kg bag of Great Plains flour recently from Costco to do all my Christmas baking, Tortiere, Mince tarts, etc. The bag just says 'All Purpose'. I am an experienced baker, and consider pastry my specialty. I noticed right away that the pastry was different, very difficult to roll out, and 'rubbery'. the only thing different that I used was the flour. I usually use Robin Hood, Five Roses, etc. I had to throw out all my mince pies, the pastry was so tough. I have not tried the Tortiere yet, they are all in the freezer. Do not use this flour for pastry. I googled it, and found it has a high protien, gluten count, which is really for bread. Hopeless for pastry. It really should say on the bag, for those of us who don't know.

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I am sorry, but what you may call TERRIBLE chemicals are some VITAMINS and MINERALS, including NIACIN, THIAMINE, IRON and FOLATE.

Those things are quite obligatory to add in the bleached flour since there is a FEDERAL LAW that prescribes it.

Don't worry though, I am a physician, and none of those ESSENTIALS CHEMICALS known as VITAMINS will hurt you at all... you can come back in Canada and eat some wheat products without any fear...

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During my many visits to Canada from Germany I noticed that MANY FOOD PRODUCTS in CANADA have several chemicals. I am not familiar with this here in Germany to such a terrible extent.
I bought a bag of FLOUR (I think the product name was Robin Hood.)There were several chemicals even in the FLOUR that one uses for baking bread. This is TERRIBLE.
Then in the supermarkets I looked at the bakery goods. The cakes and some other items were covered with an artificial Icing, artificial flavor, artificial color etc etc etc. and then full of many bright colors on top with artificial icing. I got some of this color from the Icing Sugar on a white shirt and not even a bleach would remove it. The people eating this TRASH must look like this inside too.These colors used for consumption would be better for my PRINTER because they would never fade away.
Canada has so much nature to offer, but many people are eating such TRASH and some are very fat too; due to this terrible food.
Canadians are wonderful people, but many don't look after themselves by eating such TRASH and Fast foods.
The further you go East, the fatter the people are and I also discovered that many there have cancer too; even though they live in PURE NATURE.
It is a pity.


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I have always purchased Monarch All Purpose flour at Sobeys. They have now decided to only carry the Monarch Cake and Pastry Flour. I have found when making my pastry that the All purpose works best for a very light and flaky crust. I have found the cake and pastry flour to light. I shall be calling Smuckers Foods tomorrow to find out where I can purchase the all purpose flour for my upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks for the heads up as to where I could find who makes it now.
P

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i find using red roses flour makes the best biscuits and scones.

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Hi Sue
I buy it at a store near me, Metro - Stouffville, Ontario.
If you wish we could arrange something and i could ship it to you, just not in time for christmas baking.
Merry Christmas

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Thank you so much. I won`t have it in time for my baking this Christmas but I will have it next year.My sister will check out all the sources that Smuckers gave me. Merry Christmas. Sue

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Thanks for the info,I am putting my sister right on it

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HI SUE
THERE ARE A NUMBER OFM PLACES IN MARKHAM, ON ETC TO BUY MONARCH.
HAVE YOUR SISTER CALL SMUCKERS (AT THE UNIONVILLE ADDRESS),AS THEY MAKE MONARCH FLOUR.

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Help, I can`t find Monarch cake and pastry flour anywhere in Nova Scotia.Without it, my pastry and my shortbread cookies are doomed. I tried Robin Hood c&p flour with disastrous results.My sister has been looking in the Brampton Ontario area and cannot find it anywhere.

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Why would anyone want to use BLEACHED flour which includes benzyl peroxide (acne cream) and Azodicarbonamide (plastic foam - banned in many countries). You expend a tremendeous effort with the preparation of your baked goods, you do not need to subject your family to these chemicals. Regarding robinhood, is a huge offender for including chemicals and also using GM wheat. I got to this site by following links to a search for a good source of flour as I discovered that the flour I have been using is bad.

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Hi.

I have had great successes finding information and products thru Robin Hood's parent corp. Smucker's. Here is the location i contact.

Smuckers Foods Canada Co.
Consumer Services Department
80 Whitehall Drive
Markham, Ontario
L3R 0P3
1-800-567-1897.

i hope this helps.

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Molly Finnigan
Molly Finnigan
12/ 1/2010 09:52 PM

I phoned Robin Hood Flour Company at their base in Ohio to ask why I couldn't buy any pastry flour anymore and was told it had been discontinued because it was not selling, but after reading how many people are looking for it I find that hard to believe, I know a lot of people who have asked about it, does anyone know if there is another product very much like it.
Thank you,I appreciate any help at all.

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Great Plains Flour was the flour my aunt was raised on. As far as I can remember it is virtually the same as the Dover flour we get here in Ontario except that the gluten structure is just slightly shorter. In otherwords only someone who bakes almost every day would notice this slight difference.

Have fun & enjoy a great flour.

Denim

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Hi,

I just bought some flour at Costco in Winnipeg. It is in a red and yellow bag and the label says Great Plains. On the side of the bag is says it is manufactured for Dover Flour. It was $10.49 for a 10kg bag. I have always used Robin Hood flour, but am going to give this flour a try.

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Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy in reply to comment from Liz
01/15/2010 12:09 AM

Liz,

By the way - see you are in the Okanagon. I have
family there. Let's work it out!

Heather

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Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy in reply to comment from Liz
01/14/2010 11:54 PM

Liz,

I am the one who bid on your book (both entries). I want the book for sentimental & practical reasons. My Mum is gone now and many of the things she made for us came out of the book. I would love to purchase the book from you. I am not good at these kinds of sites.
Computer savvy but not in this way. I am horrible at ebay and unsure if I can even properly complete the transaction just because I had trouble with the site before - seemed I was in an endless Que and got so frustrated. Now that I think on it not sure the Paypal account that I put in action way back then is even set up properly at this point. None the less will do whatever you need me to that way. If you have suggestions on the easiest way to pay on e-bay I am ALL EARS!

I was thrilled to get your response because I just figured it was a long shot that anyone would even have or know what that was! Thank you Liz!

Heather

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Yes it has "Dover" in big blue lettering on the front with the type of flour beneath this. The bags are unmistakeable though because they are plain brown. Hope this helps,

Denim

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Thanks for the info, Denim. Does the Dover flour bag have a specific name, or is "Dover" mentioned anywhere on the bag?

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I started reading the forums on this site this morning and have finally decided that maybe I can help out in the area of the Dover Flour questions. Most of the Dover Flour is milled at their plant in Cambridge Ontario and then sold throughout southern Ontario.

I never used this flour until I was in a commercial kitchen as a sous chef some 30 years ago. Dover's all purpose flour is suitable for various uses including quick breads, pasta, pastry, etc. It has an extremely silky feel to it after sifting. It's one of those flours that you just dream about when you use it for breadmaking & are kneading the dough. It tells you right away when you have kneaded the dough enough.

I have used this flour now for about two years at home and I am always baking/cooking at home & for clients and as of yet have not had this flour fail on me. I have even found that my pastry (I make alot of it) is better with this flour than others.

I wasn't able to find this flour for years until recently I found that Costco carries it in small & large bags. What's great about it is that the large bag (18kg) is only around $12 CDN! as compared to $5 for canadian name brand flours for a small 5kg bag of flour.

I know they have different grades of flour but as of yet I have not found a place to buy them other than going directly to their plant in Cambridge or a grocery store in Cambridge, Ontario. You can get unbleached & bleached at Costco stores though.

I hope this helps other readers and if you need more info about this flour just let me know.

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Hi Heather, I'm not sure if you are still looking for this book or not. I listed it this morning on Ebay. I was doing some research trying to find out how old this book is and noticed your post. Take care and all the best in 2010.

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Patricia,

Did your Mum have the Monarch flour Cookbook? "51 Ways to a Man's Heart?"
I have a copy of my Mum's but it is pretty tattered. Sure would love to get a copy!

Heather Murphy

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Do u have Hasty Market where u live, i bought monarch pastry flour today at hasty market in t.o

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the number you are looking for is 1-800-268-3232 in English, and 1-800-363-2756 for service in french.

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I live in Sherbrooke Quebec and I bought one bag today (june 2009) at the Axep Store on Prospect street.

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Hello:
No, Fortinos in Burlington, Ontario does not carry Monarch Cake and Pastry flour anymore. I was there this morning and the company rep said it was discontinued. I am very disappointed to hear this since it's the only flour for 35 years that I have ver used for pastry and the only flour that makes beautiful pastry. So if you can recommend a store near me that carries it, I would be most grateful. Thank you
Mary B.

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I've seen Monarch AP flour at Real Canadian Super Store and at Bruno's in Richmond Hill.

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Patricia Sertic
Patricia Sertic
12/16/2008 12:39 PM

Monarch Cake & Pastry flour can be purchased at Fortino's in Ontario.
It is in regular Red & White check bag.
My Mom (now deceased) used it all the time.
I was looking also for Monarch All Purpose flour in the Blue & White Check bag but unfortunately I can't find it.
Anyone seen it lately?

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While hunting in Newfoundland several years ago, I ate several meals that were
prepared using "Best of the West" flour. It impressed me enough to buy a ten pound bag and
take it all the way back to West Virginia. I used it grudgingly, but alas...it is all gone now.
I would gladly pay for a big bag, including the shipping and your troubles.
thanks
joe dorsey

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hi there . it's the first time iam using DOVER FLOUR can someone tell me how good it is i am using it for baking bread,cakes, and pastries. thank you very much.

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I WAS WONDERING IR ANYONE COULD TELL ME THE BEST WHOLESALE SUPPLIER FOR CAKE MIXES ETC... I AM LOCATED IN MISSISSISSAUGA ONTARIO CANADA
THANKS

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Will Hopkins from Sudbury
Will Hopkins from Sudbury
02/20/2008 07:57 AM

I have a Monarch and a Purity cook book which are almost identical. Both of these books were made by Maple Leaf Mills Limited. As far as I can tell, the Purity cook book is the only one in print still. I found a publisher that publishes this book. www.whitecap.ca/search_individual.asp?isbn_search=1552851834
I'm not sure if this cook book is the same as the one I have. I hope this helps anyone looking for the Monarch cook book. :)

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Joan from Sundridge
Joan from Sundridge
02/19/2008 10:17 PM

I am looking for an address or ISBN number for the Monarch Flour Canadian Cook Book by Anna Lee Scott. I won my copy at a baking contest many years ago and anything i have tried from it has been a great success. It has definitly seen better days as the covers are worn badly and some of the pages are loose. I would like to replace it and give a copy to my daughters. Of all my books i look at this one first and would be lost without it. Any help would be more than appreciated. Thanks.

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Mark from Ottawa
Mark from Ottawa
12/24/2007 10:45 AM

I use "President's Choice Organic Unbleached All-purpose Flour" [widely available in Canada] whereever Rose recommends a premium unbleached all-purpose flour like "King Arthur." It is a fabulous flour, especially for moist, European-style breads with a very open crumb. It makes incredible foccacia, ciabatta, and pugliese. In fact, in my hands it works far better than the King Arthur's all-purpose for Rose's Focaccia in particular. Finally, it performs identically batch after batch. I can't recommend it strongly enough!

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I live in North Dakota and the only place I found flour was in Fargo, called Robinhood, however it was not the Canadian Robinhood I too have searched for Monarch flour. I go to Brandon Manitoba to get the Robinhood flour at Safeways or Super store.Found this website and think it's really terrific.Thanks
Ruby

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We have an old Monarch / Purity Flour HOMEMADE BREAD recipe leaflet and in it is a great Pumpkin Bread recipe. I am trying to replace this leaflet as it is falling apart. It is about 20 pages.
My husband makes this bread every year for Christmas. Does anyone know where I could replace this leaflet.
Thank you
Ann

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Can anyone tell me if they're aware of any place in North Dakota that could find monarch flour or Robinhood flour, when we lived in Detroit I would cross over there and get but can't find it , would surely appreciate any help.
Thanks much
Ruby

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Hi again

After much web surfing, I found out that Smucker's Canada owns the Monarch product. They have developed a new flour and some stores are carrying that product over the Monarch brand name. Howevere, she did say the product is only available in a 2 Kilo bag. Sobeys, Longos, Fortinos, A&P and IGA all carry this product.

If you do not see this product in your local staore, they suggest you approach the store manager and express your concerns. He has the authority to add this product to thier shelves.

ciao

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Hi

My mother has been using Monarch Cake and Pastry Flour for years. It appears to be the only flour that [produces an excellent home made pasta.

She is only able to buy it at Colangelo Brothers Fruit Mkt - 416-293-7856, 2387 Midland Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1S 1R1. Between the 401 and Sheppard ave.

thks

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Here's the contact info for Swans Down:

Dover Flour Cambridge
P.O. Box 3368
140 King Street West
Cambridge, ontario
1-800-621-0588
dovercambridge@dovergrp.com

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P.S I do realize there is no postal code or street address but if you do a search on Canada411 you may be able to find a complete address or ph#.
Rozanne

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Dixie,
Here is the contact info from a pkg of the Swans Down cake flour.

Swans Down
Dove Flour Mills
Cambridge, ON
No ph# on the pkg

Maybe you could contact them and inquire as to how and where you can purchase their flour wholesale.

Rozanne

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Dixie Vollmer
Dixie Vollmer
07/ 6/2007 09:43 AM

A friend of mine has a Wedding Cake business and needs to buy Swans Down Cake mix wholesale, at least 10 cases.

Do you know where to purchase this Canadian cake flour bulk?

I heard that it is an East coast produce from Canada.

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fall 2008 there will be TWO in my upcoming book!

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Hi im looking for a recipe for a good coconut white cake does any one know of
one.I cant even buy one made to order any more.It was my favorite kind thanks.

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I have been unable to find Monarch Cake and Pastry flour here in Hamilton. My grandmother always used it for pastry and I still use the old recipe (no egg or vinegar) to make a really "short", flakey pastry. I hope they haven't stopped making it.

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I found the red and white Monarch Cake and Pastry Flour, this week at Zehrs in Barrie, Ont.

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Hello. This is for Beth, who is looking for the Monarch Flour Canadian Cook Book. As far as I can tell, this book is no longer published. But there is good news! The Purity Cook Book is identical to the Monarch cook book. Whitecap Books publishes 'The All New Purity Cook Book'. Whitecap says "Carefully reproduced from the original 1967 edition". Here is the link to thier website. Hope this helps. http://www.whitecap.ca/top_cookbooks.asp

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Thank heavens I am not alone wanting Monarch Cake and Pastry Flour. The one in the red and white bag, not the blue.
Like someone else said they had a wonderful cook book and mine got lost in a move.
Why they have to stop selling a good product annoys me, the cakes etc float they are so light.
Barrie, Ont.

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Thank you Rose. That is very interesting - about the flour. Have a fun trip!
Rozanne

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wait! this is really weird. smuckers owns soft as silk so they must have bought swans down as well from luisanne or something like that.

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thanks rozanne--so considerate. while trying to get ready--and i abore packing--i am following the iacp cookbook awards being forwarded to be via black berry by my dearest friend lisa yockelson (of chocolate chocolate fame)
the swans down i use is made in the us--i listed the contact in the cake bible i think. they're probably now distributing in CA which is great!

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I just bought Monarch flour at Bruno's Fine Foods in Richmond Hill. They carry Monarch AP flour and Monarch Cake and Pastry flour as well. They also have Swans Down Cake Flour. For anyone who is interested here is the contact info:
Monarch 1-800-268-3232
Smucker Foods of Canada Co.,
Markham, ON

Swans Down
Dove Flour Mills
Cambridge, ON
No ph# on the pkg

They are both made in Canada.

Rose, is the Swan's Down flour that you use made in the US? I know you are getting ready for your trip to France right now so I don't expect you to answer any time soon, but when you do have a moment after your trip I would love to hear from you re the flour.

Thank you,
Rozanne

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if you're referring to the cake bible, happily after 19 years it is still available in all major book stores!

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we have one of the orignel big cook books,but after all these years and much usage it is in pretty poor shape-I would like to replace this,so my daughters 3 of them can it-if you would please let know where to get a replacement from-thank you-keep the good things comming,every thing is very tasty and beautiful to see once again manny thanks

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I too used Monarch Flour as my mother before me. I have switched to Robin Hood which is not bad, What I am looking for is Tea Bisquik which I believe was made by Monarch. It has vanished off the shelves and if anyone knows where I can get it, I would be greatful. Don't suggest Bisquck, it is not the same for dumplings

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I need help in finding a cookbook called "The Monarch Flour canadian cook book" by Anna Lee Scott. I received it as a gift some twenty some years ago and my copy now is full of stains and tattered. You used to be able to order a copy through the mail for about $3.00 sent to a Toronto address (monarch flour) It has 215 pages soft cover with rings, black cover with pictures of fish, roast beef on a wood board, pitcher of milk, flour & eggs. Please i am running out of clean pages!

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i think you should write a letter to monarch! or call their customer service number.

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Marjorie Hind
Marjorie Hind
12/14/2006 03:30 PM

I am all the other people that have written in, where is Monarch Flour? I used to be able to get it a the IGA or Sobeys, but when buying more flour for my Christmas baking, was unable to get any. I bought another brand, and my shortbread cookies are all right but not as good as when using Monarch flour. My mother used it and I have been using it for over 40 years. Please bring it back.

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To-day I found Monarch Cake and Pastry Flour at the A & P store in Stouffville, ON. I am so elated, I think I will go and bake right now.

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I found Monarch flour at a small IGA store in Toronto, at Pape and Danforth Ave. for those of you who are familiar with Greek town. I tried several large Sobeys stores in the GTA and no one carries it. The store managers at 3 of the larger Sobeys stores I called would not even order it when asked. We have been using Monarch flour for over 30 years especially when making our traditional Italian cookies.

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Finally managed to buy some Monarch flour at Sobey's store in downtown Barrie. It's still available - just ask your store manager to order it for you. Good luck!!

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I discovered a small bag of Monarch Flour still in my cupboard about three weeks ago and I called the 1-800 number on the bag and was reassured by the hotline dept. that Monarch Flour was still available. She said Zehrs; Sobey's; IGA; and others carried the product. I went to Sobey's after calling to see if they had Monarch Flour which they said they did and found that there was no longer any on the shelves, it had been replaced by a product called Compliments. In my pleasure at hearing that the Monarch product was still available, I disposed of the bag and didn't have the presence of mind to keep the 1-800 number I had called. I will try IGA and NO FRILLS to see if there is an errant bag in either store.
I saw on the internet that Robin Hood Flour which had previously bought out the mill that made Monarch Flour had been bought out in September 2006 by an American firm. I will have to look it up again for I have forgotten the name.
I fear that the Monarch brand of flour will have been swallowed up in acquisitions and we may never see it again. I will keep on trying to find a store with a bag of it and try the 1-800 number again.

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Marilyn Mann
Marilyn Mann
11/22/2006 07:56 PM

I am also tring to to purchase Monarch Flour, it no longer appears to be advailable in the Belleville area. Anyone have any answers?

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I, too, have been unable to find Monarch Cake an Pastry Flour anywhere - would certainly like to know what has happened to it, and where I can purchase it. I haven't used anything but Monarch flour for over 50 years.

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I have always used Monarch Flour for baking. It has been some time since I have been able to purchase Monarch Flour. Where has it gone? Please help me.

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It has been some time since I have been able to purchase Monarch Flour. Where has it gone?

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