How to Make Gluten Free Flour Mix
More and more people have become interested in eating /baking gluten free pastries, breads, and pizza. Even though, some people don't have celiac disease (which is caused by gluten), they jump on the bandwagon anyway. In Iranian baking, we have few pastries that are gluten free like chickpea cookies, rice cookies, and coconut cookies. But I've been on a search to find out what can I use instead of all-purpose flour to bake cakes and brownies. Recently, I bought few books and magazines on the subject and found out some amazing information on how to make a gluten-free flour mix. I can't wait to share with you; just in case if you're interested ;) Here is how to make gluten-free flour mix.
Gluten-Free Flour Mix:
- 3 cups rice flour
- 3 cups potato starch
- 2 cups sorghum flour
- 4 tsp. xanthan gum
In a large bowl, whisk together rice flour, potato starch, sorghum flour and xanthan gum. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Now, let's talk about what exactly each flour is and where you can buy them from:
Rice flour: Rice flour is a common ingredient in Persian baking, it's a light starch that is a little bit grainy. You can buy it at your local Persian /middle eastern markets. You can also find it at Whole Foods, but for double the price. If you're interested in baking with rice flour check out one of my recipes.
Potato starch: It's very similar to cornstarch in texture and appearance, and it can be used in sauces, soup, and gravy as a thickener. But when it's used in baking, it adds moisture to finished baked and gives pastries a light and airy texture. Bob's Red Mill is the famous brand in the USA, and you can find in most grocery stores including Vons and Whole Foods.
Sorghum flour: I was familiar with potato starch and rice flour, but what is sorghum flour? It looks like almond meal and adds protein, texture, and a nutty flavor to baked goods. Sorghum flour is also available at Whole Foods.
Xanthan gum: I was surprised by some of the information I found about xanthan gum. Xanthan gum can be found in so many store-bought products like salad dressing and pastries; in baking gluten free, it acts as a stabilizer.
Did you know a small bag costs $19? Grant you, you need a small amount, but that's still a lot of money for an eight oz. bag.
Finding the recipe and buying the ingredients is just a half of the battle, I had to put this flour mix to test to know if it's worth sharing.
Update: 01/22/15 I baked a banana bread, and I LOVED it. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between baking the same recipe with all purpose flour and gluten-free. I'm so excited to share this recipe with you ...I'm sure you're going to love it.... so stay tuned :)
Source: Taste Of Home magazine.