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