Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gluten Free Baking Mix- All Purpose

This is a recipe for an all-purpose GLUTEN FREE baking mix that can be used in any baking recipe.

The bakery I hope to open will be a 100% gluten free bakery! This decision came from the fact that my hopeful business partner, Krista, has an intolerance to gluten so it only made sense to create a business that would help others like her to have a yummy place to enjoy a treat without any concern for their health! Also, after some research into Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) I found that there is a HUGE gap in this growing market for a completely gluten free business so I am excited to try to fill this gap a little bit for people who are gluten intolerant or not to enjoy something delicious!

I have looked into gluten free baking mixes for a while and there are MANY options. You can buy pre-made mixes or make you own and I have opted to make my own since I believe that cooking from scratch puts more love into the food. The recipe that I tried is all purpose which means, by my understanding, that you can use it any regular recipe to replace regular flour. There are other variations on gluten free mixes that work better in specific recipes (i.e., biscuits, muffins, breads) but this is an all purpose to have on hand for whatever you feel like baking on a whim!

All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Mix:

1 Cup- White Rice Flour
2/3 Cup- Potato Starch (make sure it is not potato flour)
1/3 Cup- Tapioca Starch (also called "tapioca flour" which I learned at the store)
2 tsp- Xantham Gum

A few things about this mix:
-I sifted all of the ingredients once into a bowl then again into another bowl to ensure they were all well mixed, since they are all white and it is hard to see if they are combined well.

-This mix will make a nice dense and moist cake or bread that is still delicious on the second or third day after baking, while some gluten free mixes dry out very easily and make a crumby result. 

-I found that this recipe was about perfect to make one batch of vanilla cupcakes with a little bit left over. 

-You can double or triple the recipe and store it for later but make sure to store it in an airtight container, you can also put it in the freezer for it to last longer.

Good luck!

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