I'm pretty serious about pastries and cakes, and I'm looking to upgrade from Robin Hood and Farine Five Roses as I find the flour to be pretty low quality. Does anyone have some suggestions for where I can buy a soft pastry flour (i.e. low gluten content)? Note: I'd prefer organic... and I also buy flour large format (i.e. 10kg or 20kg sacks).
Also, I got into making croissants recently (definitely worth learning to do by the way, even if it does take quite some time), and although they turned out beautifully, I think they could be bettered by using real French style cultured butter (i.e. made from partially fermented cream). Does anywhere in Montreal import butter from Normandy, for instance? Any ideas as to where I can find this would be much appreciated. I live in the Plateau, so somewhere in that part of town would be great. I also go to Jean Talon every month to load up on provisions, so somewhere around there would be fine too.