Most, if not all, our recipes containing wheat flour can be swapped out using the flours and methods referred to below. However, as with any recipe, tweaking it a bit to your liking is sometimes required. Play around with your recipes. Have fun with them. Do not stress over them, ever. It's simply not allowed. =)
If a recipe calls for other ingredients that contain gluten, we leave it up to you to switch them out with a gluten-free product of your choice.
Cup4Cup is a gluten-free flour created by Chef Thomas Keller and can be used in the same proportion as an all-purpose flour in any recipe, cup for cup, hence the name; Cup4Cup.
Gluten-free baked goods can end up feeling denser than others when using Cup4Cup, but adding xanthan gum (available at Bobs Red Mill, and in the natural foods section at your local grocer), will keep the items from crumbling. Use one teaspoon per cup in bread recipes and one teaspoon per three cups in cake recipes. Xanthan gum is usually not needed when making cookies.
Bobs Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour is another product we're crazy about. Adding arrowroot and xanthan gum to this flour will create the perfect blend for baked goods. Combine 2 cups of Bob's Gluten-Free Baking Flour with 1/2 cup arrowroot, and 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum for many of your recipes. You can double, triple, or even quadruple the batch and keep it on hand for future baking needs.
Some gluten-free flours have no iron, protein, or fiber and are very high in carbohydrates, while others contain useful amounts of these nutrients. This may not be an issue concerning desserts since it's unlikely you'll be counting calories when eating sweets anyway. But for bread and other staples, you may want to stick to healthier flours, such as gluten-free oat, lentil, or bean flour.
Tapioca flour will cause your bread to have more of a chewy consistency, but it's not very nutritious, which is why we don't suggest you use it for all of your baked goods.
As the celiac disease becomes more prevalent in our society, manufacturers have begun fortifying their gluten-free flours. So check labels for added vitamins and minerals.
Many gluten-free flours, as well as arrowroot, and xanthan gum can be found at most health-food stores, in the natural or organic sections of most grocery stores, and at Whole Foods. Some websites such as Bob's Red Mill,and glutenfreemall. also offer a variety of gluten-free flours. There are several gluten-free flours on the market today, so experiment a little and find what works best for you.
If you find a flour you really like and want to buy it in bulk, or you're still searching for the perfect gluten-free options, check out Amazon. They're a convenient and often more affordable way to shop!