If you don’t have the time or inclination to buy five different kinds of flours and mix up your own gluten free flour blend for baking, I wholeheartedly endorse the Multi-Purpose Flour from King Arthur Flour’s gluten free line of products. It is a blend of rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and whole grain brown rice flour. I made my favorite banana muffin recipe and they turned out exactly like muffins I’ve made with regular wheat-based all-purpose flour. Simply substitute cup for cup in your baked goods recipes. This mix does NOT have xanthan gum, so be sure to add your own to keep your goodies from falling apart. Here’s a helpful guideline for using xanthan gum in gluten free baking:
- For bread and pizza dough recipes: Add 1 tsp xanthan gum per cup of gluten-free flour used
- For cake, muffin and quick bread recipes: Add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum per one cup of gluten-free flour used
- For cookie and bar recipes: Add 1/2 tsp (or less) xanthan gum per one cup gluten-free flour used
This boxed flour is also a wonderful option for folks who only want/need to bake gluten free for a friend or special occasion. By my measurement, there was exactly 4 cups of flour per box. My local grocery store carries this, so it’s convenient too.
Another note: I attempted to use this flour to coat the bag I cooked my turkey in on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t work. However, cornstarch worked just fine. FYI.