Techniques and substitutions for gluten-free cooking and baking, especially for people with celiac disease or celiac sprue.

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What does gluten “do” in baking?

I saw many questions regarding converting baking recipes towards gluten-free, and it seems it's not an easy process. But none of the questions I came across helped me understanding what gluten ...
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How much gluten will set off somebody's celiac disease?

I have a house guest incoming that has celiacs and I know that it means they can't eat gluten. But does that mean that I need to yank everything that has wheat out of my kitchen for the duration? I ...
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What takes over the functions of gluten in gluten-free bread mixes?

Gluten has many effects on bread doughs, as explained in this beautiful answer. I think the main effects for bread doughs are the first three mentioned there: Provide elasticity, presumably because ...
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What are good references for Gluten free baking

I have several members of my family who are GF. Baking for them has become a real challenge. I'm looking for good references to learn to understand how to work with this limitation in my baking. What ...
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What are good techniques for getting gluten free bread to rise?

I make gluten free bread in a bread maker, however I can never get it to rise as much as 'regular' bread and is usually a little heavy. What techniques/recipes/substitutions can I try to get my gluten ...
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Are there any other gums that work in gluten-free baking besides xanthan and guar?

I'm curious, are any other substances that could substitute for guar gum or xanthan gum in gluten-free baking? Xanthan isn't an option because of allergies, and while guar gum seems to work OK for ...
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Gluten-free replacement to coat something with before roasting, to obtain crust

A recipe calls for coating (slightly cooked) fennel bulbs in flour before roasting them, presumably to obtain a bit of a crust. Is there anything I could coat them with that is gluten-free?
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Gluten-free alternatives to beurre manie/roux for thickening sauce?

I'd like to thicken the sauce for my Thanksgiving turkey a bit, without making it inedible for my gluten-intolerant guests. From other questions on this site, I understand that corn starch would be an ...
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Can you overmix a gluten-free cake?

If you're making a regular cake, you add all the first ingredients (eggs, butter, sugar, ...) and mix everything well. When you add the last ingredient, the flour, you mix until it's just ...
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What would be an appropriate gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs?

I would like to make a gluten-free eggplant parmigiana, and there are a couple of ingredients that I realize I will need to substitute. The basic idea is eggplant sliced, dredged in flour, dipped in ...
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Homemade Gluten-Free Udon Noodles

I have celiac disease and would like to make gluten free Udon Noodles. I have been unable to find a recipe and have never made homemade noodles. Does anybody know how to make these delicious, chewy ...
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How can I improve my gluten-free pizza dough?

I've been making pizza dough for years, and recently found that I have a gluten allergy, and can no longer eat wheat flour! Very sad news, indeed. So... I bought Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza ...
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Does glutinous rice contain gluten?

My sister-in-law is an American living in China, and while visiting the US, learned that reducing certain foods, including gluten, seems to have an improvement in her health. She is trying to figure ...
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Is it possible to make a wheat free/gluten free/dairy free apple pie?

Is it possible to make a pie that does not include gluten or dairy? What techniques and ingredients can I use?
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Is golden syrup gluten-free?

In Europe, the very large majority of glucose syrups are actually derived from wheat and thus not gluten-free, while corn syrup is gluten-free (as far as I understand). From this question, I learnt ...
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What reading materials give in-depth coverage of baking with gluten-free ingredients and techniques?

There is plenty of reading material on what gluten is and what its function is in baking, so I feel like I have a decent understanding on that topic. However, I am not finding much on the reasoning ...
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Definition for light, medium and heavy flour?

In this answer: What can I use in place of Quinoa flour? regarding substituting for quinoa flour, the answered alleges that another so-called "medium" flour can be substituted. When I googled, I ...
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Best Practices for Cooking with Psyllium Husk?

A couple months ago, I went on a diet primarily consisting of Nutraloaf (with Tabasco or other flavor-adding sauces) for meals, and sunflower seeds for occasional snacking. Three weeks in, I started ...
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What are some good gluten-free food alternatives? [closed]

A friend of mine has recently discovered that she has a gluten intolerance, and thus she now has to avoid foods. It is somewhat challenging to find good tasting recipes or alternative products in ...
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What can I substitute for Rice flour in a gluten-free pizza?

I am going to try to make gluten-free pizza for my wife, and I'm going to start with this Serious Eats recipe. The recipe calls for white rice flour, but my wife has just about everything EXCEPT ...
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What grains are gluten free?

I know wheat is the common problem when avoiding gluten, but what about other grains, like barley, rye, or oats?
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Can I make gluten free crepes?

I have seen recipes for gluten free American style pancakes, and suppose that they turn out OK as long as they contain something which keeps them from falling apart. But I was wondering if I can make ...
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What are some low fat butter substitutes for cookies?

What is a good butter substitute for baking cookies? I am looking for something that would contain less fat grams per serving than butter. I have difficulty breaking down fats so I need something that ...
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What is tamur (ingredients)?

My mate brought some sweets from UAE, it's something like Turkish delight, I think. It says it contains tamur, among other things. I believe tamur is the main thing it's made of, but I couldn't google ...
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Gluten tester; simple and fast

I am looking for a simple and fast gluten level tester (electronic is fine) There are the testers available for people with Coeliac's which require making a solution from a food sample, and then ...
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Adding moisture to gluten free muffins

I am using the following list of ingredients in trying to make gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free muffins. The texture turned out a bit too dry. Increasing which ingredient would give a ...
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How can I get unsweetened gluten-free chocolate brownies to hold together?

I would like to make a chocolate brownie which has no added sweetener. It would be great if it were gluten-free as well, but that is less important. I tried a recipe from Dinah Alison's "Totally ...
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Can quinoa be used instead of flour for cookies?

I use a non-gluten flour combination of: 4 cups brown rice flour 2/3 cup tapioca flour 1/3 cup potato starch Would it work to use quinoa in this combination as an addition or substitute for all of ...
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What is the best way to convert recipes to gluten free, and how much xanthan gum is needed?

I am in the process of converting my boyfriend and myself to a gluten free regimen. I have had a lot of success with gluten free recipes, but I am now wanting to convert my previous recipes to gluten ...
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Hiding the taste of cornstarch in gluten-free bechamel

I tried a few times to make gluten-free b├ęchamel, by using cornflour instead of wheat flour because I have some in my cupboard (for thickening sauces, even though it's somewhat considered cheating!). ...
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Having trouble getting gluten free bread to rise

I am new to gluten free baking and I am having much trouble getting my breads to rise. I have tried several recipes, with no luck. Can anybody give me some fool proof suggestions? I am desperate. ...
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To make Gluten free pancakes, can I just substitute regular flour with Gluten free flour?

Will a normal pancake recipe work with Gluten free flour, or do I need to add other ingredients as well?
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What ingredients make powdered sugar not gluten-free?

I am looking to start cooking more things gluten free for my girlfriend, and have heard that powdered sugar may or may not be considered gluten free. What do I need to look for in the ingredients to ...
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Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza - Tips and Explanation?

we have a gluten-free pizza crust recipe that works out pretty well. Since I'm relatively new to GF (we recently found out that my wife has Celiac), I'm curious as to how the recipe works and what ...
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How do I make brown rice bread rise without any wheat flour?

My brown rice bread is not rising and I do not know if I am doing something wrong or if yeast does not work with brown rice flour. I baked brown rice bread in the following way: 600 g brown rice ...
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Sticky corn starch croquette

I'm having a coeliac over for dinner and I've made croquettes from corn starch. I have a recipe with 100gr corn starch and 700ml liquid. That works fine. But when forming the croquette, the batter ...
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What can make a gluten free sponge light and fluffy?

I've tried 5 recipes for gluten free lemon cake and all of them have a tight brick like texture. What would make a cake fluffy if it is gluten-free? How do I recognize a recipe which produces a good ...
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Do these smoked ham hocks which contain dextrose, contain gluten?

I love using smoked ham hock in soups, beans and stews. Dextrose is a listed item on this package I bought - does dextrose contain gluten?
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Method to make corn pasta?

I've been unwell for quite awhile now and corn pasta has been a lifer saver because it's fairly easy to digest (for me.) Anyway, i'm curious as to how exactly they are made. For instance look at this ...
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gluten free hot cross buns

What can I add to make my gluten free buns a decent size. I have tried for years. There has to be something to lift them and make them to the same size as our regular hot cross buns
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Can I make this bread recipe gluten free?

My fiance has celiac disease and so I have been trying to get better at baking gluten-free lately. I have made the following recipe many times and it is soooo delicious; I was wondering if someone ...
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Ideas for a banana dessert crust, gluten free

I came across a nice little dessert consisting of sliced bananas sandwiching peanut butter. My kids would love it, but I have a youngin and he's gluten-free. Worried handing him raw bananas as he'll ...