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I’ve been struggling with easy gluten free baking since my daughter was diagnosed as gluten intolerant about five years ago. I love to bake and baked goods have always played a part in our family get-togethers and parties. After my daughter was diagnosed as gluten intolerant, baking became much more difficult. No matter what combinations of gluten free flours I used, my baked goods just didn’t taste good and the texture was weird. They weren’t something that my daughter enjoyed eating, and they weren’t something that I wanted to serve to friends and family. Sarah and I stopped baking together, and I missed that. This post has been sponsored.
7 Helpful Tips for Easy Gluten Free Baking
Along the way, I’ve learned a few tips for easy gluten free baking that are working for us. Sarah and I have started spending time in the kitchen again, and I’m definitely happy with that.
- Begin with room temperature ingredients. Let ingredients stand at room temperature before you begin baking with them. Thaw and drain frozen fruit. Let butter and eggs become room temperature.
- Always begin with a pre-heated oven. Some gluten free recipes will take longer to cook than traditional recipes because the batter is moister. Follow recipe directions exactly for the best results.
- Remove from the pan promptly. Gluten-free baked goods have a tendency to get soggy if they are left in the pan too long. Remove cakes and bread as soon as you can for the best results.
- Make smaller sizes. When making cookies, make smaller cookies. Some gluten-free products tend to be more crumbly, and they will crumble less if they are smaller. I use a melon baller for a consistent size when making cookies.
- Don’t waste mistakes. If you have bread that comes out not that great, turn it into bread crumbs. If your cake or cookies weren’t a big hit, turn them into crumbs and top your yogurt or ice cream.
- Don’t give up. Gluten free baking takes some experimentation. Do not give up if your first attempt isn’t a huge hit.
- Use ready made gluten free mixes. Gluten free baking is a challenge and it takes much longer to do from scratch than traditional baking. I find that it’s much easier to begin wtih a gluten free mix like Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Premium Cookie Mix because I know it’s created to produce the best quality baked good.
I was thrilled to find Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Premium baking mixes at our local Walmart. They take all of the guess work out of baking with gluten free flours. I just needed to add butter, water and an egg to the mix, the process was so easy that my daughter felt comfortable helping me bake again. Stay tuned for another post where I talk about where we’re serving our gluten free baked goods!
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.