In many baking recipes, flour is an inevitable ingredient. If that is the case, use all-purpose gluten-free flour instead of regular flour. In the recipe, quantity of gluten-free flour should be same as the substituted regular flour. Numerous brands of gluten-free flour are readily available in the market.
Since the flour you are using is gluten-free, you may face difficulty in recipes that involve baking because the ingredients may not stick to each other. Use 1 table xanthan gum to overcome this problem. Xanthan gum provides ‘stickness’ for other ingredients that otherwise would have been provided by gluten.
It may be possible for you to eliminate flour as an ingredient from certain recipes. For instance, you can eliminate flour as an ingredient while making peanut butter cookies by trying this recipe instead of the regular recipe; thoroughly blend together 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 to 2 eggs in a bowl. Bake the contents of the bowl at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
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Prepare a mixture of 3 parts white or brown rice flour, 2 parts potato starch and 1 part tapioca flour. This mixture has no gluten content and can be used as a replacement for flour in most recipes. To make the ingredients stick to each other, use xanthan gum. In case you are facing difficulty finding xanthan gum in the market, you can use arrowroot powder instead.
Here a question arises. How much xanthan gum or arrowroot powder, whatever you are using, should be added to a recipe? For every 1 ½ cup of flour substitute mixture used in a recipe, you need to add 1 tablespoon xanthan gum. As for arrowroot powder, for 1 cup of flour substitute mixture used in a recipe, add ½ teaspoon of arrowroot powder.
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When switching to a gluten-free diet, you will need to experiment with ingredients at the start. You may have to add baking powder to certain recipes if you are not using flour. Similarly, you may have to vary the level of liquid ingredients if you are making a recipe gluten-free. You may ruin a few servings but eventually you will be able to come up with the right combination.