Posts Tagged baking

Taste Testing Cup 4 Cup Flour!

Several weeks ago, I finally managed to snag a bag of Cup 4 Cup flour at Jane’s Gluten-Free Foods in Moncton. (We purchased their regular gluten-free flour blend, but Jane’s also offers their pizza crust mix and a pancake/waffle mix.) I’ve heard great things about this flour but this was the first time I’d seen it in Canada. This blend is made up of the usual ingredients (cornstarch, white and brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, potato starch, and xanthan gum), but it promises a smooth texture and the ability to substitute it one-for-one for regular wheat flour. My hopes were high, especially since the three-pound bag cost $19.99.

I decided to test it out on my mom’s chocolate chip recipe, which is quite similar to the one on the bag of Cup 4 Cup flour.

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The Scoop on Robin Hood Gluten-Free Flour

The Scoop

Several months ago, we shared the exciting news that Robin Hood now has a gluten-free flour blend that is made in a dedicated facility. At $8.99 for a 1.8 kilogram bag, it’s far more affordable than some other flours. (I’ve seen it on sale for as low as $4.99, too.)

The Ingredients

Here are the ingredients in this blend, in order:

  • Rice flour
  • Sugar beet fibre
  • Potato starch
  • Tapioca starch

Test Results

We’ve done some experimenting in the kitchen, and so have our readers. Here are the results!

  • Cookies, muffins, and loaves all turned out pretty well although they were slightly dense.
  • Biscuits and pizza crusts did not turn out as well. The flour seemed to give these items a strange taste (which possibly is masked by the items that would be added to cookies, muffins, and loaves).
  • This flour also worked well in savoury recipes with a small amount of flour (for example, when adding a few tablespoons to gluten-free breadcrumbs to make a coating).

The Verdict

If you’re baking sweet treats, this is a good flour to use as long as you add about a teaspoon of xanthan gum. For savoury treats (like pizzas and rolls), we’d recommend a more balanced blend, like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour.

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Happy First Birthday To Us!

Today we are celebrating our first birthday! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read our posts, shared our blog, contributed news, and shared their comments. Our fan base is still growing strong – we had one of our best days yesterday!

Our first posts last year talked about our reasons for starting the blog and featured a review of The Keg in Halifax. Other exciting news that we covered included:

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Seven Days of Gluten-Free Deliciousness

It’s that time of year when just about everyone is tearing around like a mad hen, trying to get ready for the holidays and keep their sanity. I’m thankful you found the time to read this post! To help you out, I’ve put together a seven-day meal plan with a main entrée, side, and dessert for each day. Each item is linked to its recipe (where necessary), so click away and enjoy!

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Chex for Every Occasion!

I have recently discovered that Chex cereal has many uses. Only the Honey Nut and Rice are available in Canada, but they are very versatile!

Here is a list of substitutions that you can use Chex for.

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Great Gluten-Free Baking Tips

I read this article in the New York Times yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/dining/gluten-free-flavor-free-no-more.html. It talks about how gluten-free baking is becoming more popular, and offers some excellent tips for baking at home.

Some things I am definitely going to try include:

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