Posts Tagged Robin Hood

The Best (And The Rest) of 2013

In 2013, gluten was in the news more than ever. Brands like Pillsbury, Breton, Catelli, and Dempster’s started offering gluten-free items. Even Tim Hortons hopped on the bandwagon with certified gluten-free coconut macaroons! Celiacs also received support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with improved labeling and regulations, as well as a new gluten-free certification program from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and the Canadian Celiac Association.

To wrap things up, here are some highlights from 2013.

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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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Taste-Testing New Products!

Last week, I discovered Udi’s gluten-free tortillas at Sobeys! You can get a pack of eight small ones or six large ones for $5.99. These have to be the best gluten-free tortillas I’ve ever had. Although I love the Ivory Teff wraps from La Tortilla Factory (available at Pete’s Frootique for about the same price), these wraps have a wheatier taste, and even have that flour-dusted texture. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from a regular tortilla!

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