Saturday, December 31, 2011

Enjoy Baking Gluten Free Foods

Enjoy Baking Gluten Free Foods

Good Morning.  I have been checking out blogs all morning. And have noticed that many are just as frustrated as I am when it comes to baking foods that taste good and "normal."  I have been Gluten Free for 8 years now, and have gone through all the frustrations of experiencing good and bad foods, and on a very limited income. I have 4 children, and they love to eat my baked goods.

I also love to eat and bake, so when I found out I needed to be gluten free, I became disappointed when the pre-mixed bags and boxes of things  that either tasted like cardboard, fell apart when heated, or was way too expensive for me to afford.  I spent 3-4 years trying to come up with a recipe that I could afford, that my kids would like and that I could eat.  

I tried all kinds of mixes, playing with the combination of flours that I found on the ingredient list of foods I liked.  Most of the flour mixes would either bake flat, taste hard and chewy or like cardboard.  Some mixes used garbanzo flour and that would make my sweeter breads and pancakes taste like beans.  Then I started using tapioca flour, as I noticed some of the better tasting foods included this in the ingredient list.

My mix is simple, not too expensive, and quick to make.  It is also Dairy and Egg free, for those who are avoiding these foods as well.  Use this flour mix, cup for cup in all of your baking needs and also in graves or sauces that are your favorite.  

I usually purchase the flour at a local Natural Grocery store in bulk, It is a little cheaper that way.  I spend about $75 on the combination of flours, and the mix lasts me for about 2 months of regular, weekly baking for my whole family and occasionally for my friends.

I hope you can use and enjoy this mix in all of your baking and cooking needs.

   Gluten Free Flour Mix     

6 cups of White Rice flour
3 cups of Tapioca flour
10 tsp  of Xanthan gum

In a large bowl, mix the above ingredients thoroughly.  Use cup for cup in all of your favorite recipes, sauces and gravies. Store in an air tight container.  Enjoy and surprise your friends and family with your new cooking experience!  They will not be able to taste the difference!

Look forward to my further recipes that I will be posting at a later date.  All my recipes, will include this basic mix of gluten free flour.

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