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Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Linda Larsen
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More than 150 tasty recipes for gluten-free baking

Imagine baking without flour. Impossible, right? Essentially, that's what you're doing when you bake gluten-free. Sure, there are replacement flours, but there's an art to combining those ingredients to re-create the tastes you know and love. Baking is truly the greatest challenge when cooking gluten-free, and more than 150 delicious, gluten-free recipes for baking cakes, cookies, and breads are coming fresh out of the oven to help you meet this challenge with Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies.

Gluten-intolerant eaters have big concerns with baking, as wheat flour, a staple ingredient of many bread and baking recipes, is their greatest concern. Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies expands baking opportunities for those avoiding wheat flour, either for medical reasons or by choice. It offers you a wide variety of recipes along with valuable information about diet, health concerns, and kitchen and shopping basics.

  • Discover new baking ideas and substitutes for common glutinous ingredients
  • Easy recipes and methods for baking more than 150 gluten-free cakes, cookies, and breads
  • Tips and advice for shopping and stocking your kitchen

Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies is for the millions of people who suffer from Celiac disease, their friends and family, and anyone looking for healthy and tasty wheat- and gluten-free baking recipes.

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More than 150 tasty recipes to bake your (gluten-free) heart out

Imagine baking without flour. Impossible, right? Sure, there are replacement flours, but there's an art to combining those ingredients to re-create the tastes you know and love. Baking is truly the greatest challenge when cooking gluten-free, and more than 150 delicious recipes for baking cakes, cookies, and breads are coming fresh out of the oven with Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies.

  • Gluten 101 — understand why gluten is harmful for those with gluten sensitivities, gluten intolerance, and celiac disease, and get the skinny on the ingredients and techniques you need to start baking gluten-free

  • Get excited about being gluten-free — grasp the many benefits of being gluten-free and get your health on track by converting old family recipes to the gluten-free lifestyle

  • How sweet it is — satisfy your sweet tooth with tons of recipes for all of your favorite sugary snacks, like cinnamon rolls, thin mint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and many more

  • Savor it — make all the savory, satisfying dishes you love, from pizza and pot pie to quiches and casseroles — and everything in between

Open the book and find:

  • What gluten is (and where it lurks)

  • Symptoms of gluten sensitivity

  • How to mix alternative flours to get the right flavor and texture

  • How to make good dough you'll want to devour

  • Tips for decoding confusing food labels

  • Ways to convert traditional recipes to gluten-free

  • Important gluten-free baking tips

Learn to:

  • Make more than 150 delicious gluten-free cakes, cookies, and breads

  • Use gluten-free ingredients to re-create the tastes you know and love

  • Maintain a healthier diet

About the Author

Dr. Jean McFadden Layton is a doctor of naturopathic medicine, recipe creator and nutritionist who specializes in gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Linda Larsen creates and tests recipes for major food companies, is the Busy Cooks Guide at, and is the coauthor of Eating Clean For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2168 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118077733
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067PZB9C
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative! January 7, 2012
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As someone who has made many a gluten free recipe I was excited to get this book.

If you are new to gluten free anything this is probably the best book I've seen on the who, what, why and how of gluten intolerance and how to bake for it. If you're an old hand at gluten free, you'll probably learn more reading this and would recommend it still.

Let me say after reading it, as with all gluten free books, you need to realize you're going to have to spend a bit of money on making the flour mixes.

The popular flours are sorghum, potato starch, tapioca, sweet rice and brown rice along with a few others. This book is no exception. Some of these can be hard to find locally, and now that the gluten free way is exploding through the food world the prices are going up. Also, regardless of any book you have to fine tune recipes for your weather, quality of products and altitude.

Why do I say this? I'm not trying to turn you from this book, honestly I think it's the best out there on information and wealth of recipes. For me though, I find myself baking on occasion to try something out, the rest of the time I buy mixes or GF cookies already made. It's just cheaper than storing pounds of flour mix. If you love to bake and you are gluten free, then go for it!

The first half of the book is the who, what and why.

Chapter 1: The challenges and rewards

Chapter 2: Why Bake Gluten Free?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, this is a five star book on its own, if for nothing else than the clear explanations it provides about ingredients and their impact on the baking process and results. Although virtually every GF baking book will tell you to add guar gum or xantham gum to a recipe, this is the only book we've found that tells you WHY. It has clear, detailed explanations of how to make cookies chewy or cake-like or crisp, how to weigh flour instead of measuring it in a cup (very important for gluten-free baking), and much more. I can't stress how important it is to understand these issues: gluten-free baked goods can be delicious, but they require a bit more effort. This book explains it all in language anyone can understand. Five stars for the whole package: recipes, theory and specific techniques.

You can build a GF baking library around the reference material in this book. Here are our recommendations for other starting volumes:

Bread: 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes
Bread: The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread: More Than 200 Wheat-Free Recipes
Deserts & Pastries: Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries
Cookies: The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book

You can't go wrong with any of these books. We have them all. And we are enjoying a LOT of gluten free baking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great place to start for breaking down the science of gluten-free baking. Unlike general wheat-flour baking, gluten-free pratically requires a degree in chemistry to create decent flours to bake with as simply swapping one flour for another does not work.

Many gluten-free mixes and baking books are not very good either as it seems that they were slapped together just to make a quick buck and do not take into consideration flavor or elevation, convection vs. standard, etc.

Thankfully the Dummies book is more centered on breaking down the science for creating your own flours and where and how they might be used which really is a greater perogative than the recipes, which quite frankly, once you have mastered a baking mix that works for you (in my case 7000+ above sea-level & does not crumble into sand.) you can adapt other recipes such as pizzas, pie fillings, etc.

I can not stress enough the usefullness of this book & for anyone ready to attempt gluten-free baking this is the best place to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Handbook for Gluten-Free Baking January 19, 2012
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In the near five years I've been gluten free, baking is one of those things that has slipped out of my kitchen over the years. I used to bake before going GF, but having to switch flours has really thrown a wrench in the pie crust, so to speak. Baking by weight has really helped me, and this book elaborates on that baking theory. Weight baking is important for GF baking much more so than for normal baking.
This book gives you the "why" behind many of the techniques used and gives simple explanations of the kitchen chemistry that happens when these recipes are made. There are many recipes that aren't recipes at all in the book, more of a guideline for the baking with the use of ratios so you can easily modify the recipe to produce as little or as much of the product that you need. It's brilliant.
I'm normally hesitant to purchase this line of books because I feel they are generally geared at the very beginners of a subject matter, but this is a truly indispensable product for any gluten free kitchen! I reference it all the time and have made some pretty successful pie crusts using the techniques and recipes found in this book. Looking forward to making biscuits for the first time!
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Published 4 days ago by kimber
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book
Very informative book. It explains not only what constitutes gluten free, but provides many helpful recipes and tips.
Published 1 month ago by JerseyGirl57
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by janet darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought.
Unbelievable resource to eating better, and healthier too. I am happy to own it, and I am certain to make good use of it.
Published 8 months ago by Donna Backes
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Celiac, Enjoying what to Make...
My daughter has "Celiac " and this is a help to her in pre-paring her food.She is the only on so far that has this.. Married and working this book is a big help to her.
Published 12 months ago by CRAFTS N ITEMS by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book
This is my second book. I gave my first one away because I was getting this second one. I have informed several people that are watching their gluten intake to purchase this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Betty Hansford
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely useful reference
Explains the what, how, and why of gluten free baking. Has extremely useful reference material to help troubleshoot existing recipes.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars GLUTEN FREE BOOK
Published 14 months ago by PAT
3.0 out of 5 stars bread looked / taste terrible
The only reason I did not give this book 1 star was due to the technical information inside this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Not easy to plz
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
I just found out I am gluten intolerant and this book gave me hope. I love sweets and it had some good recipes in it.
Published 16 months ago by Dawn
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