Welcome to Part-1 of The Gluten-Free Bakers Stock Cupboard, this post is going to cover different flours and raising agents that every savvy gluten-free Goddess or God should have in their cupboard.
Before you start to worry that the G/F stock cupboard is going to be like that of Delia and Nigella who's larders are akin to the Tardis filled with floor to ceiling ingredients from Harrods food hall let me point out that 1) I have but two shelves at my disposal and 2) I am significantly poorer than Delia who owns a football team, therefore value for money is essential!
I could probably go on forever about various ingredients that might come in handy in your pursuit for domestic deity, but for now I'll just give you the main ingredients that you will find useful on more than one occasion (ahem, Delia, crystallised ginger, hardly useful for everyday cooking is it madam?). The aim here is to give you a list of ingredients that are useful alternatives for use in gluten free cooking and baking. The items listed are approved as safe for coeliacs and those on a gluten free diet by the codex alimentarius (food standard agency).
These are my top ten flours and raising agents, also at the end is a list of stockists where you can find the items I've listed so you can get started on your own stock cupboard.
Part 1- Flours and Raising Agents
- 1- Chickpea/Gram Flour
- 2- Rice Flour
- 3-Potato Flour
- 4-Maize Flour (corn meal)
- 5-Gluten Free Plain Flour Mixes
300g Maize Flour
500g brown rice flour
Whizz it all in a blender until all the flours are well mixed and pop in a airtight container, it should last up to 6 months.
- 6-Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
- 7-Bread Flours
- 8-Xantham Gum
- 9-Cream of Tartar
- 10-Gluten Free Baking Powder
Naturally Good Food
Gluten Free Foods Direct
Holland and Barrett