It’s day 10 of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop! I am covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet. Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post. Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.
Ease Into Gluten-Free Baking
To wrap things up, I wanted to talk a little about gluten-free baking. Even if you don’t particularly like to bake, you might consider doing it occasionally. Baking your own gluten-free breads and treats can save you money.
Gluten-free baking is not something you want to jump into right away, though, particularly if you are feeling overwhelmed by the diet. But once you have had time to adjust and are ready to give it a go, keep these things in mind:
1. It’s different. Gluten-free baking is different than baking with wheat flour. You might think, “Of course,” but I mean it. It’s different in multiple ways. Expect that.
2. Use a flour mix. Although I am a fan of combining individual flours and starches, it is probably easiest to start out with a gluten-free all purpose flour mix.
3. No need to knead. The purpose of kneading dough is to develop the gluten. With gluten-free doughs, that’s not necessary. Occasionally a little kneading might be called for to work ingredients together.
4. It’s wet. Most of the time gluten-free doughs can’t be kneaded even if you wanted to because the dough is much more wet than a wheat based dough.
5. Adding gum. Most gluten-free baking recipes include a gum. It’s usually xanthan gum but sometimes guar gum. Gums help to replace gluten in holding the baked good together.
6. Don’t despair. You will have some failures. Don’t fret. We all have those, even after years of baking. Try to make use of the flops. Bread flops can be used in a breakfast casserole, for French toast, or as bread crumbs. Cake flops can be used in a trifle, and cookie flops can be made into cookie crumbs for a pie crust or ice cream topping.
Jules is covering the topic of gluten-free baking at her blog and has great tips as part of this blog hop.
This Giveaway is Now Closed
Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. The title is an appropriate description. This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:
These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you. Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry