some old recipes call for "Presto" flour, what is this

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Amy I. December 16, 2011
actually on their website for Presto they say to add 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to every cup of cake flour
 
Amy I. December 16, 2011
actually on their website for Presto they say to add 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to every cup of cake flour
 
Greenstuff June 9, 2011
I just googled it, and Presto flour is still around, "a favorite since 1902." As Giulia Melucci and MrsKeller said, it's a self-rising flour, and "very popular in New York." Check out prestoflour.com if you'd like to buy some, or follow the advice to add baking powder and salt.
 
ChefJune June 9, 2011
I think the brand called "Wondra" is probably the most like "Presto." It's an instant flour (not sure what that really means).
 
Marianne L. December 23, 2016
Wondra and Presto are not at all alike, Wondra is an instant flour for sauces and gravy, Presto is a self rising cake flour.
 
MrsKeller June 9, 2011
Presto is a low gluten flour so you will have the best results if your substitution is CAKE flour but using all purpose flour may give satisfactory results.
 
MrsKeller June 9, 2011
It is self-rising cake flour. It is still made and you can order it online.

A close substitute is 1 cup cake flour + 1.5 teaspoons baking powder + .5 teaspoon salt per 1 cup of Presto flour in your recipe.
 
Giulia M. June 9, 2011
It's a brand of self rising flour. If you can't find it you need to add baking powder and salt.
 
Amy I. December 16, 2011
actually on their website for Presto they say to add 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to every cup of cake flour
 
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