I know that I have quite a few flour blends on my blog (and in my cookbook!), but I've been working on a new one. They all work great, but I just can't leave well-enough alone! This blend includes sweet rice flour. My goal in adding this flour was to replace the xanthan gum that is usually required in gluten-free baking. Sweet rice flour is also called "glutinous rice flour" because of its sticky, gluten-like properties.
I think this flour works wonderfully and I've been using it for all of my new baked recipes, as well as a thickener for sauces. In addition to developing this recipe, I also discovered a new commerical xanthan-gum-free flour blend via Julie's Calm Belly Kitchen Cookbook: King Arthur All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour. It has low-FODMAP ingredients and has worked very well in my recipes. The one caveat is that it is not cheap. It does come in handy though, for when I don't have time to make my own blend.
It's pretty safe to say that I will be using this flour blend in most of the baked goods recipes to come on my blog. I've already shared this blend recently in some of my new Low-FODMAP recipes:
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Frosted Sugar Cookies
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
I have not tried using this as a one-to-one replacement for wheat flour, rather I've been developing new recipes around it. So I can't really say if it's a good one-to-one replacement for wheat flour. (My estimate is that about 30-50% more - by volume - of this flour blend would be needed to replace wheat flour in recipes). I've actually found that the best gluten-free recipes (especially ones that are gum-free as well) are recipes that are created especially to be gluten-free. So if you use it my own recipes that call for this blend, you will not be disappointed!
Dianne's Gum-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-FODMAP Flour Blend
4 cups brown rice flour
1 cup sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour)
1 cup cornstarch or potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour
- Measure each flour and starch by lightly spooning into the measuring cup and leveling off with the back of the knife. Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container. For maximum freshness, store in the refrigerator.
- Measure flour blend for recipes by lightly spooning into the measuring cup (as opposed to using the cup itself as a scoop) and leveling off with the back of a knife.