A few years ago we were celebrating Thanksgiving at a family friend's house. This family had no clue what it was like to feed those who are Gluten-free. I was worried. But my sister and my mom were cooking many dishes and my sister told me she wanted to cook gluten-free. I was shocked. So I gave her my Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour and she used that in the following: Creamed Spinach, Creamed Corn, Sweet Potato gnocchi, Chocolate CAKE, Almond Torte and Pie. In addition to these now totally GF items, our hosts made other dishes that were naturally gluten-free. What a feast! I am still trying to get that gnocchi recipe from my sister. The meal was sooo delicious. I hadn't tasted anything like that in a long time. Pure home-made gluten free goodness. Now, THAT is what it's all about.
YOU wan't cake? Use GF flour like Almond flour, White Rice flour, Brown Rice flour, Sweet Rice flour, Quinoa flour, Coconut flour, Tapioca flour, Lentil flour, Black Bean Flour, GF All Purpose flour, Teff flour, Buckwheat flour, Chick Pea flour, Garbanzo flour, Corn Starch, Potato Starch, Arrowroot Starch, Flaxseed flour, Fava flour, nut flours, Polenta, Corn flour, Green Pea flour, Millet flour, Amaranth flour, Sorgum flour and White Bean Flour. I only use Bob's Red Mill flours.
YOU are not a great baker, but want to bake a Pie, Cake, Biscuit or Brownie? Easy! If you are not ready to bake from scratch or convert your own recipes just go and get a GF Mix baking mix! There are soo many that are good. Well for one there is Bob's Red Mill Mixes like GF Pancake Mix, GF Brownie Mix, GF Biscuit Mix, GF Pizza Mix, GF Pie Crust, Muffin Mix and more. Then there are amazing frozen GF Pie Crusts from Whole Foods bakers. I keep at least 4 in my freezer. All you need to do is thaw, fill and bake. There is also Gluten Free 123. Gotta love this brand! Hard to find, worth the wait. Their biscuits and muffins are fantastic! And super easy to make whether you are cooking for one or 20!
What if YOU want to bake Oatmeal Cookies or a pie crust with Oats? Well, this one is a bit trickier. The only oats safe for Celiac's are the non-contaminated oats. Those can be specially bought at Bob's Red Mill or other markets. It will say it is not contaminated on the front of the label. If it doesn't say it, it's not safe.
Who says you can't use GF flours to thicken up your mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash, gravy or stuffing? You can! And don't think it won't taste good. You won't even know the difference!
Last but not least. When you bake GF DON'T FORGET THE XANTHAN GUM! Xanthan Gum is an important component in GF baking. It keeps the cookie from crumbling. Click HERE to find out what exactly Xanthan gum does to your baked goods and why it is so important to use.