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Gluten Free Cooking Products

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I did a test drive on a few varieties of gluten free products recently and here are the results....

First up is King Arthur's Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour. It has a blend of different alternative flours (brown rice, potato, etc) and is blended to mimic all-purpose flour. I tested it out on an oatmeal cookie recipe with chocolate chips.

The result:

Not bad. While it doesn't precisely mimic the properties and texture of all-purpose flour, the reality is that nothing works like and has the texture of flour ground from wheat.

As you can see from the picture below, the cookie made with the gluten-free flour spread a bit more than the cookie made with regular flour and the texture is a bit more delicate. But all in all, it's a chocolate chip cookie! We all enjoyed the flavor of the cookies and decided that if we could not have flour that this would certainly do the job!

Gluten-free flour on the left, all-purpose flour on the right.

Gluten-free flour on the left, all-purpose flour on the right.

Next up is a gluten free panko bread crumb from Kinnikinnick Foods. Panko are the super light, super crunchy japanese bread crumbs that make eating fried foods even more of a delight :)

I used them to coat chicken cutlets because...well, who doesn't love a crunchy chicken cutlet? At first I tried pan frying a batch just coated in egg then pressed in the bread crumbs in hopes of avoiding the first step of three step breading. This was altogether unsuccessful. Second attempt I lightly dusted the cutlets with cornstarch before dredging them in egg and coating them with the Panko. Touchdown!

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Once again, it's hard to go wrong with a pan fried chicken cutlet but, these were good! They were crispy and golden brown and especially delicious with ketchup.

Last but not least are the Gluten-Free Graham Crumbs from the same company that makes the Panko bread crumbs above. I decided to make cheesecake bars with a press-in graham crust.

This worked out really well and I was pretty impressed with how similar the texture and flavor of this crust is to a traditional graham crust. This company currently sells these two products on line but they will be available in grocery stores in May.

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If you are gluten-free, what products have you had success with?

Comments (21)

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    I've tried the all-purpose flour mix and pancake mix from El Peto, and both are great. The pancakes are delicious and everybody in the family loves them, even though not all of us eat gluten-free. Another great treat is the Rizopia brown rice pasta.

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    Gluten-free panko!?! This gluten-free foodie is in heaven. Thanks for posting. I've been working on a gluten-free tempura recipe and was lamenting the lack of panko. But now... woohoo! Thanks!

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    I use Pamala's Pancake and Baking Mix. It makes wonderful gluten-free pancakes and muffins. Today I tried Betty Crockers gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies are wonderful.
    Last year in the March or April issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a gluten-free chocolate cake recipe. My daughter made it for my birthday. It is so delicious. She has made it several times for me and I have made it too. I wish Everyday Food and Martha Stewart Living Magazines would feature a gluten-free recipe each month.

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    I've really enjoyed Kinnikinnick graham Crackers as well. I use them to make the s'mores that I have been craving somuch (since before my fiance was diagnosed). ALSO, I like Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs to make Eggplant Parmesan. I'll try the Kinnikinnick brand of Panko once I find some! Emeril also made a gluten free cookie a few issues back. THANK YOU Everyday Food for keeping gluten free in mind!

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    Some of my favorites include Udi's Gluten-Free Bread (if you haven't done so already, you MUST try it!!). I also like the Kinnikinnick S'moreables (graham crackers) and Tray Buns. Glutino's Pretzels, Schar's Shortbread Cookies, Tinkyada Pastas and the cheesecake from Crave Bakery in San Francisco!

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    Hi Anna!

    I developed that Gluten-Free cake recipe in Living. I'm so glad to hear that you like it! I will try to do more gluten-free posts in the future for everyone.

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    Kinnikinnick makes genuinely tasty gf products. Their English Muffins really rock!!! I just wish I could find them in stock more regularly at my local stores.

    Tinkyadda pasta is great and I even serve it to my guests - nobody knows the difference.

    Pamela's shortbread cookies are also yummy good and useful for making cheesecake crust.

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    Kinnickinnick is by far the best products in gluten free that I have ever tried. I've tried Pamela and others - blah. Kinnickinnick products seem to be lighter and fluffier than others which are like cement, especially the breads.

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    I have found roughly grinding rice puffs or rice crispies in a food processor as an inexpensive substitute for panko crumbs. (Corn flake crumbs taste good on chicken) I use Rice puffs as the outside coting in my GF version of Sole Mernieur (sp?) I have used sweet potato flour found at asian markets for the undercoating. sweet potato Flour, egg, crumbs...cook) Was outstanding! Sweet potato flour didn't work well by itself for oven baked sweet potato fries. Tasted good, but am looking for a crunchier texture. I'll have to try cornstarch next time.

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    Susie,

    I love, love, love corn flakes as a breading! Love them. When I make fried green tomatoes in the summer i use crushed corn flakes and a little corn meal as the breading. So crunchy!

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    Its so good to hear everyone's idea's and what has worked for them! I am praying Martha comes out with a gluten-free cookbook, maybe even (gluten, dairy & soy free)?? hint hint ;) My husband came up with using the GF chex cereal, crush them up. Dip ur meat in egg then roll in the chex crumbs! Best ive had yet! But now I am struggling with eating not only gluten free, but dairy & soy as well! On top of that I cannot digest ANY processed food! So there went my chex idea. Thanks

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    This is very helpful. I work in the kitchen at a camp and we cater to gluten-free diets. The chicken cutlets look awesome.

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    I love the Pure Pantry baking mixes. They taste wonderful. Thank you for this post. My daughter is currently living with a severe gluten allergy.

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    I have been looking for gluten free foods since my ex-wife became seriously allergic. I will have to mention this to my favorite cookie baking website (www.letsbakecookies.com).
    Thanks a bunch!

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    I recently found a small gluten free chocolate cake in the frozen food section, made by 'Amy's'. Very, very good as are many Amy products.

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    I love anything by UDI. Their pizza crusts are delicious and their sliced breads have a very similar texture to wheat bread... no need to toast to get them to taste right.... they are just great!!!

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    I love, love, love the 1-2-3 Gluten Free products. They are truly the best! If you want a chocolate chip cookie that is just like the gluten kind, this is it! Everything I've had from them has been fabulous. Some of our family is gluten free and some are not, but we all eat their stuff and love it!

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    Hello! I work for a company by the name of Bloomfield Farms and we produce a variety of gluten free mixes. Our mixes have been proclaimed "the best" by editors at easy eats magazine. Please check our website @ http://www.thebloomfieldfarms.com. We are a new and growing company, but excited to what the future holds! Thanks!

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