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Product Review: Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour- gluten free/ wheat free/ soy free/ kosher

Posted on | March 29, 2008 | 4 Comments

gluten free cookies

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.”

gluten free flour blend

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

Want to try using this gluten free flour bend? Click the link below:

Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Gluten-Free Flour Mix

Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Gluten-Free Flour Mix- glutenfreemall.com

Ingredients: Rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, potato flour

Comments

4 Responses to “Product Review: Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour- gluten free/ wheat free/ soy free/ kosher”

  1. Don Tombs
    March 30th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    Its great there is now so much to chose from, we have lots of different flours and mixes in the UK, so we developed a web site free of charge http://www.glutenfree-crawley.org.uk it now has lots of free GF Recipes, which can easily be downloaded as thet are in a pdf format.
    The web site has now been opened in 19 different countries, if you have time take a look at it and lets know what you think.

  2. Shirley
    March 30th, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

    I think that it’s great that there are premade flour blends that people can use easily. I usually have a small container in my pantry as a backup. However, I prefer to make my own blend. I use 3 parts Asian white rice flour (purchased from an Asian or international store) and 2 parts cornstarch (purchased at the regular grocery store). The Asian white rice flour is more finely ground than any of the U.S. ground white rice flour in my experience. It usually comes in a 3-lb bag so I use one bag of that and two 1-lb boxes of Argo cornstarch. I mix all in a big bowl and then place in my cansister, using it measure for measure like a wheat flour. I add xanthan gum at the time of baking, 1/2 tsp per cup of GF flour. I am able to use all my old recipes this way. The cost is much more reasonable, about $8 for 5 lbs of flour and I can pick up the ingredients and mix up a batch easily, without having to wait for an order to come in.

    A great, easy use of any GF flour is to make a crustless pie. Just add 1/4 cup of any GF flour (no xanthan gum required) to most pie recipes. You’ll end up with a wonderful crustless pie that everyone will enjoy without missing a crust. (It’s the same concept as the impossible pies of our Bisquick days.) I’ve used it for pumpkin, chocolate, and coconut pies, and quiche recipes. (Heavier pies like apple might require more GF flour, so you might want to Google recipes for those; e.g., “crustless apple pie” and make and GF for wheat flour subsitutions.)

  3. Karen
    March 31st, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    Submitted via email:

    Hello,
    I was so excited to see your rating on the Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour.
    I was an avid baker before my diagnosis and this flour mix has enabled me to bake the same recipes for my family with great success. I started using it before the holidays and everything was delicious. Authentic Foods Multi-Blend All Purpose Flour continues to impress me with all my baking needs!!!!
    Thank You!
    Michelle

  4. Jamie Stern
    November 6th, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    Good Afternoon, I wanted to introduce my company to your readers. I have an online store that provides resources to those with Food allergies and Food Intolerances. Over 98% of our products are Gluten free. I have enjoyed reading some of your reviews on my own products and look forward to more entries. Thank you.
    Jamie Stern

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