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Gluten Free Conversion

17 Aug

   Recently I have become yet another gluten free consumer.  This is because for the past oh, I’d say 8 years my mother has been trying to convince me that I am gluten intolerant but for the fact that gluten free food tasted way too much like cardboard I dealt with the constant stomach aches and headaches.
   In December I started losing WAY too much weight, like I am pretty sure I looked like death on legs, and in May I finally decided that I needed to take control of my diet and well, go gluten free.  It is now August and I am happy to say I have been 90% gluten free since May…It has been tough but I am doing it!
   The reason for this post is not to show off how long I have been on the gluten free wagon for, but to show you this really handy tool I found on converting pretty much ANY recipe from traditional to gluten free!

I used the conversion below to make Gluten Free

Tips for converting recipes to gluten free
adapted from Ruby Rose


These guidelines really only work for SOME baking like cupcakes, cakes, muffins, sweet breads, and pancakes. I do not advise using this conversion for complex foods like pasta, sandwich breads, and I have yet to try this on cookies so if you happen to let me know!

  1. Do an exact switch with your preferred gluten free flour/mix, instead of wheat flour.  No need for changing the measurements.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum for each cup of flour. 
  3. Ruby Rose says to replace some of the liquid with applesauce or a thickener with pectin in it, but I found that is unnecessary.  I advise to keep the liquid the exact same.
  4.  Add one extra egg, or two extra egg whites (really helps with binding and texture!). 
  5. Mix wet ingredients together on a high speed for about a minute, before mixing into well blended dry ingredients … this process helps to trap air, especially with the extra egg whites (think meringue), which in turn creates a lighter texture.
  6. Bake as normal to the directions you are following.

Hopefully this works as well for you as it has for me, I know it took me a long time to find the right combination of ingredients to make Gluten Free actually taste yummy.

And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!
~Linnie

Too Big Not to Tell

16 Aug

So, if you all haven’t noticed by now, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE food holidays!! I think it is because it gives me an excuse to bake and try new cupcake recipes.  But hey, that’s ok in my books.  Well, today I came across yet another food holiday.  But this one is BIGGER than big…I mean this is colossal! 

Between September 12 through September 18 in the year of 2011……..it is……..
Ok, well it is not America’s National Cupcake Week, it is actually Britain’s..but I don’t discriminate a nations holiday just because it is not my nations.  With that being said, I am not sure how I am going to celebrate this week but I know I am going to do something big..no scratch that…something HUGE!!  


During that week, I am going to create a fun cupcake each day, post it, and then eat it!!! Muahaha….Don’t worry I will also provide recipes for them too. Now, ifyou have any ideas for me please let me know!!
Until then….
And remember, a cupcake WILL always help!
~Linnie


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