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I cook and bake just the same as I did before going gluten-free, now replacing all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour. I do have a few recipes that call for a variety of flours, and I’ll be sharing those too for those of you that like baking that way.
Why do I like using a good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour & why do I recommend it to others? Several reasons:
- The number one reason why I like using a good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour is that I can use it in all of my old “gluten-full” recipes (except yeast breads) and get guaranteed great results. I don’t have to follow special recipes or throw out all of my old family favorites. I can still bake from scratch like I use to, just swapping out the flour with this cup for cup replacement and adding xanthan gum when needed.
- I find that it is cheaper than buying a bunch of different flours and starches. I’ll post some tips below on how I save on my favorite ones! I also save because the results always turn out perfectly, whereas with throwing together my own mix of flours & starches, it usually takes several tries to get it just right, wasting time and money! Jules has already found that perfect mix of flours & starches! Why reinvent the wheel?
- It is such a relief to someone new to gluten-free if you can give them a bag of a very good gluten-free all-purpose mix and some xanthan gum and tell them that they can go home and make all the same cookie, brownie, muffin, etc. recipes they’ve always made! I’m sure we can all remember how it felt to have to suddenly go gluten-free and you think you’ll never get to make your favorite things again. Then you start looking at recipes online and they call for all of these flours and starches that you’ve never heard of before and it becomes overwhelming!
What I recommend you DON’T BUY:
- Gluten-free flour blends that have a bunch of other stuff already added into them (like baking soda, baking powder, etc.) If you use these, you won’t be able to use them in your old recipes, you’ll have to rely on following the recipes published by the company since you can’t control the amounts of those other ingredients.
- Gluten-free all-purpose flour that is made with bean flours. One word: YUCK!
There are probably a lot of good gluten-free flour blends out there. It seems like everyone is coming out with one now. I was lucky enough to have a mentor that introduced me to the some of the best ones right away, but I did also try several that were not great. I have a top one that I recommend. No you don’t need to buy all three! I’d recommend gfJules to start with. You can use all of your same non-yeast recipes with gfJules flour.
If you want to try yeast breads, those are a little more tricky converting to gluten-free. I recommend checking out gfJules recipes for yeast breads and I’d start with following those. Then when you get the hang of it, you can definitely work at converting your old yeast bread recipes.
gfJules All-Purpose Flour contains xanthan gum already in it so you don’t have to add any additional xanthan or guar gum in recipes.
If you’d like to try gfJules flour, or if you already are a fan, make sure you sign up for her e-mails. She offers great deals, which is when I stock up! I also love the gluten-free oats she sells as they are like instant oats, which is a thinner oat great for baking.