A D.I.Y. all-purpose gluten-free flour blend that is better than Cup4Cup, and way cheaper, too! more
When you’re first starting out baking gluten-free, sometimes there are tears. Okay – when I first started out baking gluten-free, there were a few tears. Okay, fine. Lots of tears. A great all-purpose gluten-free flour blend is salve for our psychic wounds.
I’ve tested 4 different available gluten-free flour blends, and I really liked Cup4Cup. I did not care for the price, so I hacked it and created a D.I.Y. version of Cup4Cup. I know many of you really enjoy that blend, and I’m so glad. I just didn’t find myself turning to it that often, though. Then I realized that, if I’m making the blend myself, I’m the Boss of the Blend. And I think Cup4Cup is a bit too starchy. It tends to make overly fluffy baked goods, and they sometimes don’t brown as well as I would like. So guess what? I fixed it. And now I really love it. I think you will, too. Just be sure to use superfine rice flours.
Oh, and a word on flour sources. I had been buying GF superfine rice flours exclusively at Authentic Foods online, but recently switched to Nuts.com. They have better prices & great customer service, and even though they don’t bill their certified GF rice flours as superfine, they are, indeed, superfine. All they’re missing is maybe sometimes every-once-in-a-while free shipping. The quest to have it all goes on!
80 grams finely ground nonfat dry milk
180 grams superfine white rice flour
105 grams cornstarch
100 grams superfine brown rice flour
85 grams tapioca starch/flour
20 grams potato starch
10 grams xanthan gum
In a blender or food processor, grind the nonfat dry milk into a fine powder. Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and whisk to combine well. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
The recipe can be halved or used in multiples easily. Just be sure to whisk fully in a large enough container. It makes a total of 580 grams, which is 20 grams more than 4 cups.
I have not tested this recipe with any substitutions. If you avoid dairy for any reason, feel free to experiment!
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