Friday, December 23, 2016

Sweet Hints for How to Bake GF, egg and diary free and a dessert cookbook to try the hints on!

For only .99 you'll get The Mall Fairies Sweet Tooth Cookbook, full of fun fairy tales and delicious dessert recipes!

Like many other people, I've developed a few food sensitivities over the years. Not full blown allergies, still I feel better when I avoid eggs, gluten and dairy. This turned out to be quite a challenge to make baked goods. At least until I began to use these tips! 

Do these tips make baked goods identical to those made with traditional ingredients? No. It does make edible and delicious baked goods. But a different consistency, usually a bit denser and more moist than regular baked goods. If you use real eggs, that will help with a fluffier consistency. However, I've gotten used to and now prefer the gluten free, egg free and dairy free.


Use high protein, high fiber flours. Oatmeal, garbanzo bean or other bean, sweet sorghum and teff are a few examples. Rice and coconut can be used, but these are drier flours with little fiber, so can make the baked goods tough or crumbly and very dry if used alone.

Use more than one flour for a recipe, preferably at least three. I always use four different flours.

Double the amount of baking powder or baking soda used in the recipe.

Always use both baking powder and baking soda in every recipe. Double the amounts as above.

Add a tablespoon or two of potato starch to the flour mix.

Add 1 and 1/2 to two times the amount of liquid to the flour mix. If the result is a sweet, use "liquid" that has a lot of fiber. I often use applesauce or liquefied bananas instead of a milk substitute. I even use applesauce when making cornbread and then don't add sugar.

Always add a generous amount of oil to the flour mix. I usually add a scant 1/4 cup of canola oil or melted coconut oil. Olive oil has too strong of a taste for most things.

For egg replacement I use EnerG Egg Replacer or VeganEgg, sometimes both! Both need to be dissolved in liquid. EnerG I dissolve in the applesauce. VeganEgg I use less water for baking, as they suggest.

Let the mix set for five minutes.

Finally, bake for longer in a lower temperature oven. I bake most recipes 15 to 20 minutes at 325 to 350 degrees.

Now give these tips a try and tell me what happens!

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