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The ultimate guide to gluten-free flour

Walking down the gluten-free aisle in a large supermarket these days, there are often dozens of varieties of gluten-free flour. Google the term and you have what can feel like a neverending list of options. The choice can be overwhelming, and a fear of getting it wrong often pushes people into buying pricy gluten-free blends, or worse, giving up altogether on baking and opting instead for packaged cakes and biscuits. Eugh. This post is going to take some of the mystery out of gluten-free flour. Hopefully, it’ll make it easier for you to work out how to substitute gluten-free flours

What is xanthan gum? And how is it used in gluten-free baking?

When you start out in gluten-free baking there are a few unusual products you might come across. They can seem kinda scary at first – until you know how to use them. Xanthan Gum seems is one of those weird, scary ingredients that most people don’t know about until they start baking gluten-free. Xanthan gum (along with the other things I’m going to tell you about in this post) is really the magic ingredient that can transform gluten-free bakes. No more flat, crumbly messes – xanthan gum helps you on your way to gorgeous cakes that people actually want to

Weigh ingredients on a digital scale for gluten-free baking

Baking (and especially free-from baking) can be unpredictable. Sometimes you get the perfect bake, but other times things don’t go quite to plan, even when you’re using the exact same recipe. Last week that cake was a thing of wonder – fluffy, and tasty and beautiful. So why has the same recipe just turned out a flat, soggy mess of a #PinterestFail? I think I have the answer: How did you measure your ingredients? This post first appeared on my short-lived baking blog, Bake & be Happy. More specifically, were you measuring flour in cups or on a kitchen scale?

Avoiding cross-contamination: Is your free-from baking really gluten-free?

Baking cakes, biscuits or bread for your gluten-free friends and family can be a lovely and thoughtful gift. But, if you’re not used to gluten-free baking (whether you’re just starting out on your gluten-free journey, or you’re baking free-from as a one-off experiment), you might be worried about getting it ‘wrong’. Its relatively easy to make your gluten-free bakes delicious – moist and flavourful and moreish. The biggest thing you should be worrying about is the risk of accidentally making someone ill. For people with coeliac disease, a severe form of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or a severe allergy, even

Alison Roman, sell-outs and the privilege of 'focusing on the writing'

I’m too sad and angry and scared to think about (let alone write about) the Tory government’s abysmal and classist response to the COVID-19 threat right now. I’ve been enthralled instead by the Alison Roman drama that unfolded on Twitter over the weekend (I refuse to call it the Alison Roman/Chrissy Teigen drama). In an interview with New Consumer, nestled between descriptions of her eating habits (“I’m not a vegetarian — I eat everything — but because I live alone, I cook for myself, I don’t really cook meat for myself often”), her recipe development process (“There’s no formula. There’s

An easy green salad recipe

I actually developed the recipe for this salad months ago, jotting down notes on a piece of paper. And then, everything changed. My tasting notes for this dish seem more poignant than ever, now that we’re all locked up inside: This salad is basically the first day of spring, in a bowl: blossoms on the floor, the first time you step out of the office in the daylight, toes in the (still freezing) ocean, running through the park at dusk and all the inspirational shit we feel when the lambs start to dance. How I’m going to sit here and

Do you need separate equipment for gluten-free baking?

While we’re in lockdown, I’m trying to publish some posts to EatsLeeds that I’ve had sitting in the drafts for a while. Did you know that I (briefly) started a baking blog a couple of years ago? This short post was originally destined for there. As I recently spruced up the EatsLeeds Amazon shop – and many of us are spending more time than ever in our kitchens – this feels like as good a time as any to talk about what you might want to buy for you gluten-free stress-baking needs. Gluten Free Baking Equipment While cooking good food

gluten-free vegan banana bread recipe

This is weird and scary and lonely, isn’t it? I’m in a lucky position is so many ways. My freelancing income has gone down but I’m busier than ever in my day job, and able to work from home. Andy and I are able to get a mortgage break if we need one. We’re generally healthy and my family are, for the most part, safe and well. We have access to outdoor space on the balcony, and enough money to feed ourselves well. We don’t have children, which I’m counting as a blessing right now, and – while I’m an

How to support small, local, indie businesses (while social distancing)

This pandemic is scary. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and we need to be kind to one another. Like many other Millennials with Boomer parents, one of my biggest worries is that they’re not taking this seriously. My husband and I are physically healthy, catching the virus myself is honestly close to the bottom of my list of fears right now. From a public health perspective though, it is so important that we stay the f at home as much as we can. Because, despite what the end-of-the-world memes and pithy social commentary would have you believe,