Gluten Free Baking Tips
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One of the most difficult aspects of a gluten free diet is that you can't follow most baking recipes without wondering if you're going to have a stomach ache or worse afterwards. With these Gluten Free Baking Tips, you will never have to wonder again. You will become a master of gluten free baking and wonder what was holding you back before. Just because you're gluten free doesn't mean you can't enjoy baking or baked goods. You just have to use some special ingredients and tricks to learn how to bake gluten free foods. And we are here to help you have fun in the kitchen again.
Gluten free baking can be a lot of fun, but it's not going to be like the baking that you're used to. You probably won't have an easy, go-to, all-purpose flour that you can use for every recipe. But once you figure out what kinds of flours (or mix of flours) that you need for cookies, cakes, and pies, you are going to be unstoppable in the kitchen. Once you get used to the new tricks that come along with learning how to bake gluten free, you aren't going to want to stop baking and trying new recipes.
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How to Bake Gluten Free
Before we get started, allow us to say that it will be much easier for you to bake gluten free recipes if the recipes are already developed to be gluten free. It's possible to adapt recipes that aren't gluten free, but you're going to have an easier time of it if the recipe is already meant to be gluten free.
Also, just like with regular, gluten-inclusive baking, there are going to be errors and mishaps. Try to have fun with baking experiments and allow yourself to be okay with the mistakes that happen. Have fun with the recipes and don't be afraid to try new techniques.
If you're gluten free and you're cooking in your own kitchen, chances are you don't have to worry about cross-contamination. If you are not gluten free and you're baking for someone who is, you need to make sure your workspace and equipment are gluten free. Don't handle or open containers containing wheat flour or ingredients with gluten in them while you're baking.
If you're going to be baking gluten free a lot, but also baking other recipes that include gluten, consider acquiring a second set of tools and equipment just for gluten free baking.
When you're baking a recipe that isn't originally gluten free, you can do a straight swap of wheat flour for the nut or rice flour of your choice if there is less than 2-4 tablespoons of wheat flour in the recipe.
If there's more than 4 tablespoons to swap then you can create your own flour mix. Make a gluten free all-purpose flour by using the 40/60 ratio. You'll use 40% whole grains and 60% white flours/starches.
For example, you'll use 40% of brown rice flour, or buckwheat flour, quinoa flour, etc. and 60% white rice flour, cornstarch, or potato flour.
You'll probably have to combine different flours. Regular all-purpose flour works for most baked goods and it's the only flour most people use. However, if you're baking gluten free foods, then you need to let go of that magic flour.
For the most, you are going to have to combine two or three flours together to make a flour mix that will work for you and your gluten free baking.
Bake by weight rather than relying on measurements in cups. Each gluten free flour has a different weight and if you run out of one kind of flour, you can replace it with a different one with the accurate amount. If you buy a kitchen scale then you can be sure that your recipes will be as accurate as possible.
If you're converting a family recipe so it's gluten free, substitute 1 cup of regular flour with 140 grams of your gluten free all-purpose flour blend. Write that conversion down and keep it by your baking supplies.
1 cup = 140 grams
1 1/2 cups = 210 grams
2 cups = 280 grams
There are a lot of different gluten free flours for you to try. Here are a few: quinoa flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot, brown and white rice flour, buckwheat flour, corn meal, bean flours, tapioca flour, and teff flour.
Most of these flours are not ideal to use on their own; however, they could be good to use when you're making a gluten free flour mix.
Collections of Gluten Free Baking Recipes
Now that you know all of these handy gluten free baking tips, try your hand at some of these gluten free baking recipes. There is a recipe for everyone to enjoy whether you want a tasty cake or bread for your sandwiches. Explore which recipes you're interested in and get baking with your new gluten free baking knowledge!
For more information on flour substitutions, check out our helpful article: Gluten Free Flour Substitutions
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