Product Review: Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour- gluten free/ wheat free/ soy free/ kosher
Posted on | March 29, 2008 | 4 Comments
I used to avoid gluten free baking, and if I did, I always used a premade mix. It just seemed safer and more predictable because I felt frustrated when a recipe flopped. I felt like I wasted my time and high priced gluten free baking ingredients. As I branch out an become more brave, I now rely on premade flour blends in my cooking and baking, because allows me to experiment with a recipe without having to also experiment with my own flour blends (yet).
This Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour costs $10.63 for a three pound bag, and is based from a flour blend in the book Cooking Gluten Free by Karen Robertson. The packaging says:
” This flour mix is called Wendy Wark’s Gluten Free Flour Mix. Multi-Rice Blend Gluten Free Flour is an all purpose flour mix that substitutes cup for cup. There is no need to add additional xanthan gum when making pancakes waffles, pie crust, or cookies. For cake and sweet bread recipes, add 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum per cup of flour mix.”
I tried this flour blend in cookies and fruit crisp desserts. I was actually impressed with how well this flour blend fared in my recipes. I substituted wheat flour with this gluten free flour blend cup for cup and make the recipes as originally created. Thanks to the xanthan gum, my baked goods had minimal crumbling and breakage. The texture of my cookies was almost indistinguishable from the original gluten containing recipe. The flavor was also wonderful and didn’t have a gluten free taste. Nice!
However I did discover that I had to reduce the baking time when using this gluten free flour blend, or my baked goods were dry, overdone, and not very tasty. Specifically, with my chocolate chip cookies ( as pictured above) I had to reduce baking time by 3 minutes, remove them from the oven appearing undercooked, and let them cool on the pan for best results. Ands as with most fresh baked gluten free goodies, baked goods used with this flour are best when eaten within 24-48 hours.
PROS: large 3 pound size, already contains xanthan gum, makes great cookies and desserts with, decent price
CONS: be careful to reduce baking time to prevent dry baked goods.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
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Ingredients: Rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, potato flour