HOW TO BAKE GLUTEN-FREE

My latest Chic Vegan column. I have lots of vegan bread recipes that call for whole wheat flour, but I don’t bake with gluten.  Is there a formula for adding xanthan gum to gluten free flours, ie…teaspoon for every cup of flour, etc.? ~ Sirica Hi Sirica, Yes, there is a formula for adding xanthan gum to recipes.  The amount of xanthan gum added depends upon what you plan on using it for.  Here is a quick breakdown: Cake – ¼ tsp. per 1 cup of flour Breads – 1 tsp. per 1 cup of flour Pizza Crust – 2 tsp. per 1 cup of flour Salad Dressings – 1/8 tsp. per 1 ½ cups of dressing Frozen Treats – 1/8 tsp. per 2 cups of liquid For those of you not familiar with xanthan gum, it is a powdery substance often used in gluten free baking to replicate the function of gluten.  When added to dressings xanthan gum binds the dressing together and improves the texture.  When added to frozen treats it inhibits the development of large ice crystals and imparts a more creamy texture to the dessert. A wonderful resource for learning how to bake gluten free is The Gluten Free Goddess by Karina Allrich.  I always keep a bag of Karina’s Gluten Free Flour mix in my fridge. Karina’s Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix

Combine:
1 cup sorghum flour (aka jowar flour)
1 cup tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour)
1/3 to 1/2 cup almond meal, buckwheat flour, millet flour or quinoa flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

To read more of Karina’s gluten free baking tipclick here. I know it seems intimidating at first, however with a little experimentation I know you will soon be very comfortable baking in your gluten free kitchen. Here’s to health! Gretchen **Do you have a questions for Grettie? She is here to answer any of your health and nutrition related questions! Email her ataskgrettie@chicvegan.com .**

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6 responses to “HOW TO BAKE GLUTEN-FREE

  1. Very helpful information; thanks for posting this!

  2. Thanks for all that detail. I hadn’t thought to put xanthan gum in salad dressings. I’ve pretty much stuck to 1 tsp gum for each cup of flour, so it’s interesting to see all the different ratios you have. My sun is allergic to gluten, dairy, and soy, so I look forward to learning more from your blog!

  3. Lisa

    Be aware that there ARE side affects when using Xantham Gum. It is a bulk laxative that can cause bloating gas and diarrhea. Is also affects blood sugar levels. While eating meal with Xantham Gum in it should be an issue, if you are using it in all of your food – especially for your children – you need to be aware of what you are putting into your food and its potential side affects.

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