I love baking, but having allergies to both gluten and dairy can make things a tad difficult.As you can imagine, when I found out about my allergies a few years ago, I also quickly discovered that baking without certain foods can be a total nightmare. I had chosen to assume that I could just sub in gluten free flour, margarine, and soy milk instead of using the real stuff. I assumed wrong. So wrong. Things didn’t rise, they’d be doughy or mushy, they’d be solid as a rock, or wouldn’t even bake at all. The list of problems goes on and on. Through trial and error, I’ve learned a few tricks and discovered what works when it comes to baking gluten and dairy free. Many people (including myself) often complain that gluten free baked goods are too dry, crumbly, or dense. That may be true in some cases, but you just have to play around to see what works to create treats with great texture and taste.
There are many options for gluten and dairy replacements out there nowadays, it certainly is great that many people are choosing the route of going gluten free or vegan, but it can be overwhelming when choosing substitutes to bake with. When it comes to using a butter substitute, margarine is not the way to go. Many margerines often still contain dairy, and I personally think it makes for a bad replacement when making frosting. My favourite butter substitute is the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks. As far as flour, there are a ton of gluten free blends to choose from but I find the one that works the best is Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour. The texture and taste is phenomenal and just works in so many recipes.
I have found great websites, recipe books, and have made some of my own creations that have turned out pretty delicious. Today, I did some baking from one of my favourite recipe books Gluten Free Vegan Baking. This book was given to me by my dear friend Ali and this is truly my favourite recipe book for baking. Everything that I have made out of the book have been super easy and delicious. So for my fellow gluten free, dairy free, or vegan friends, get your hands on a copy of this book. Some of my other favourites are Allergy Free Desserts and The Gluten Free Bible.
My favourite websites:
Minimalist Baker – As the title says, these recipes are made with few ingredients but are still super delish. There are a ton of gluten free and vegan recipes on here.
A Whisk and Two Wands -This website has so many recipes for both sweet or savoury foods, in addition it also has many cute treats for kids.
Gluten Free Vegan Girl – There is a recipe for avocado alfredo on this site that I make all the time. It’s filled with tons of different recipes that are yummy, simple, and allergen free. I made pink champagne cupcakes today from the Gluten Free Vegan Baking book I mentioned before. I love decorating, so naturally cupcakes are my favourite item to bake. Plus anytime you can put booze into any sort of sweet treat, I’m all over it. In the cake portion you get a subtle taste of strawberries and champagne, but the flavour really comes out in the frosting. I purchased some edible pearls and a cupcake kit to make my little cakes extra sassy. Also I couldn’t go without this adorable apron before heading into the kitchen.
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