All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix

17 Aug

After posting how to convert traditional baking recipes into gluten free recipes, I realized that some may not know what a good gluten free flour mix is OR how to make your own GF flour mix.  But you are in luck! Instead of having to do the dirty work of finding a decent tasting GF flour mix, I did it for you…your welcome 🙂

Gluten Free Flour Ingredients

Now, the trouble with finding a really good GF flour mix is making sure it doesn’t taste too grainy.  And believe you me, this is pretty tough to find, but once you do you are in heaven.  You are looking for a superfine brown rice flour.  Authentic Foods has a very good brown rice  flour, try to avoid Arrowhead Mills; it might be inexpensive but the cost reflects in the quality.  Ener-G and Bob’s Red Mill works well too, I just advise to run it through a food processor for a few seconds to get it super superfine.  The brands of the potato starch and tapioca flour doesn’t really matter, they all seem to work pretty well.

When I first started baking with Gluten Free products, I got really confused on what everything was.  Below are some definitions of some ingredients you will be seeing a lot when baking GF.

  • Brown Rice Flour: Essentially it is brown rice milled very finely from the whole kernel.
  • Potato Starch: Not the same at potato flour. It is a thickening agent made from skinned potatoes and creates a tender crumb you normally would get with traditional baking.
  • Tapioca Flour: Also called Tapioca Starch.  A mild starchy flour that can be widely used in almost any GF baking recipe.  Can use to substitute cornstarch in regular cooking.
  • Xathmun Gum: This is a plant gum that mimic gluten in every way except for being actually gluten!  it provides structure and elasticity

Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix
Adapted from Cybele Rascal 

  • 4 cups superfine brown rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed and there are no clumps.  Store in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.  You can put it in the refrigerator to ensure freshness, but if you are like me and you have no room at all, keeping it in a cool dark cupboard works just as well!  
Makes 6 cups
Will stay fresh for up to 6 months 

Now, if you are not wanting to make your own gluten free mix, there are some really good pre-made mixes.  

And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!
~Linnie
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