Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Gluten free cake recipes are one the easiest desserts to make. Perhaps you and your loved one have a favorite. I provide you with several links to gluten free cake recipes below. I really wanted to teach you how to make a heart shape cake, info case you didn’t already know how. However, not having any photos of the actual assembling of a heart shaped cake, I thought I would share my illustration and directions instead. I hope some of you find it useful. Have fun baking your cake!  Continue reading “Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Valentine’s Day”

Mise en Place in Gluten Free Baking and Cooking

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The French culinary term “mise en place” (pronounced [miz on plas]), literally means “set in place”. Chefs all around the world apply this by preparing things in advance. Restaurants benefit from applying mise en place so that they may serve food faster and easier to their customers. In addition advanced preparation of produce helps to extend the shelf life. Read further to learn how this can be applied to save you time and money. Continue reading “Mise en Place in Gluten Free Baking and Cooking”

Is Organic Brown Rice Syrup Gluten Free? Does it Contain Arsenic?

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Because brown rice syrup is listed on so many gluten free product labels, you may have come to the conclusion that all rice syrup brands are gluten free. However, some contain barley. The fermentation process often removes the barley, per some manufacturers. If you are gluten intolerant always contact the manufacturer before consumption to check, and for cross-contamination issues. Continue reading “Is Organic Brown Rice Syrup Gluten Free? Does it Contain Arsenic?”

High Protein Gluten Free Flour

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Updated: November 12, 2018

Using high protein gluten free flour can make all the difference in the world in your gluten free baked goods, especially yeast breads. Gluten free flours that contain high protein include bean (fava, chickpea/garbanzo, garfava, and soy), pea, quinoa, sorghum, millet, amaranth, teff, buckwheat, potato flour, nut flours, chia (introduce into diet slowly), and flaxseed meal. It should also be noted that low protein flours are best used for cakes, muffins, and cookies. High protein gluten free flour creates a wonderful crust and chewiness in gluten free breads. Learn the characteristics and protein levels of high protein gluten free flour and how to use them in your gluten free baked goods. Then you’ll know which ones to use in your homemade gluten free mixes.

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Video: Gluten Free Flour List

Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend

If you are new to the gluten free diet, this long gluten free flour list may be overwhelming, however, it is nice to know what your choices are. If you are a veteran to gluten-free baking, then you may be interested in knowing about a few unique and newer gluten free flours on the market. I also include a few of the different names for some of them. A couple that I left out are quinoa and sweet rice flour. If you may find the entire list along with many gluten free ingredients on my Gluten Free Product List. I hope you find this video helpful.

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~ Carla

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How to Wet Saute for a Healthier You!

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Since the New Year has arrived, and many people, on a gluten-free diet or not, are watching their weight, and their health. I thought you be interest in learning how to wet saute and a little about essential fatty acid oils and what you may be doing to cause them to turn into trans fats. If you overheat EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) oils they may create trans fats. Learn how to “wet sauté instead of using oil. Continue reading “How to Wet Saute for a Healthier You!”

Gluten Free Turkey Roasting Tips

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you are on a gluten free diet or not, these turkey roasting tips may come in handy this holiday season. Ingredients listed do not contain gluten. For specific brands of gluten free chicken broth see the Gluten Free Product List. For gluten free turkey brands see Gluten Free Turkey List. If you’re serving ham instead of turkey, check out the Gluten Free Ham List. I hope you find these turkey roasting tips helpful. Happy upcoming Thanksgiving to you all! Continue reading “Gluten Free Turkey Roasting Tips”

Gluten-Free Cooking Utensils

Microplane Cooking Utensil

Gluten-free cooking is very different than regular cooking, therefore, it is important to know which gluten-free cooking utensils to use to make your work easier. Carol Fenster has listed a variety of cooking utensils below, in price ranges for a few dollars to a couple hundred, but concentrates on the lower-end. Whether you’ve been doing gluten-free cooking and baking for several years or are a newbie, you may find her tips may very useful. In addition, these make very good gluten-free gift ideas! Continue reading “Gluten-Free Cooking Utensils”

What is Expandex and How Should I Use It?

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By Carol Fenster, Ph.D.

Typically, modified starches have not been available to the home cook, but that changed in 2005 with the introduction of Expandex modified tapioca starch by Corn Products International. It offers many benefits to the gluten-free home cook and I use it extensively in my cookbooks and in my personal baking.

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