By Kelleigh Roffman
Greetings! Our family has been on our gluten-free (GF) journey beginning in 2012 when our then eleven year old twin daughters, Sarah and Kaitlyn, were diagnosed with celiac disease. It has been our mission to make sure that they traveled the smoothest road possible while navigating the challenges of this disease. Even though the road can be bumpy at times, with a little research, planning and flexibility we have found that most anything is possible.
This is particularly true with two of our favorite things to do as a family: eat and travel!! The original purpose of this blog had been twofold: 1. Sharing places we have traveled and our tips for eating safely in places we visited and 2. Sharing our favorite gluten-free recipes and other resources that we have found helpful along the way.
In light of all that has happened over the last couple months with the outbreak of Coronavirus, it seems more appropriate at this time to focus on recipes and resources. I am not sure about all of you, but we have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen!
For this installment of the blog, I thought that I would focus on baking with gluten-free flours. I have listed below some of our favorites. We have had great success with these by substituting them cup for cup in any recipe. While it may seem a little extra, I have found that weighing out the flour on a digital scale using 140g for 1 cup to yield the best results.
Better Batter All Purpose Flour (available online from betterbatter.org and sometimes Amazon)
While Better Batter is considerably more expensive than the GF flour available in the grocery store, we have had luck with regular baked goods as well as making bread with it. In particular, we have enjoyed the baguette recipe that accompanies the meatball sub recipe on Better Batter’s website. It is very easy to make and the results are delicious. https://betterbatter.org/meatball-subs
Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour (available from online retailers such as Vitacost and Amazon)
Even though this blend recommends using ¾ of a cup for every 1 cup of regular flour that a recipe calls for, we have used it with a straight up 1:1 substitution (weighing out 140g of flour on a digital scale).
Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour (available in most grocery stores)
This flour is much more affordable than the other two listed above. While we prefer to use Better Batter and Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour, this is a much more economical option and produces great results.
We would also love to hear what flours other people are enjoying. Please feel free to share in the comment section below.
We are happy to be in touch with families who are traveling along the same gluten free road and share our journey(s) with you! Stay tuned!