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5 Tips for Gluten-Free Baking

5 Tips for Gluten-Free Baking

Have your cake and make it gluten-free, too! Here are some tips, tricks and substitutes for working with the different tastes, textures and techniques of wheat flour alternatives:

1. Use a blend of gluten-free flours. A combination of protein flours (such as brown rice or sorghum) and starchy flours (like potato starch or cornstarch) will yield better results than using just one gluten-free flour.

2. For a crispy crust and a mouth-pleasing “chew,” tapioca flours are the way to go.

3. Gums like xanthan gum or guar gum are essential—they replace the function of gluten in baking. If a recipe calls for 1 tsp. of xanthan gum, you can use 1 ½ tsps. of guar gum instead, or ½ tsp. of each.

4. Gluten-free batter and dough are a little softer and wetter.

5. Traditional ovens are better for gluten-free baking than convection ovens, which can bake too hot and too fast. If you must use a convection oven, lower the temperature by at least 25 degrees.

Source: Bob’s Red Mill

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