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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 ūüôā

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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