I had a conversation with a friend recently about a recipe of mine she had tried out. Unfortunately it did not turn out well. I was trying to figure out exactly went wrong because of course nobody wants a RECIPE FAIL, especially me. After carefully breaking down the recipe, we found that she used a different gluten free flour blend. This showed me that results vary greatly based on the type gluten free flour used. Up until now most of my recipes did not specify what type of gluten free flour I preferred. I would write “gluten free flour” or Pamela’s brand. While I love Pamela’s dearly, I think I enjoy my blend better.
The flour blend is made of equal parts of Tapioca Flour, White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, and Coconut Flour. You can find the flours at most grocery stores however I order it in bulk from Amazon. If you click on the type of flour it goes to the Amazon link. I do not work with Amazon, this is purely to be helpful Also in case you were wondering, YES! The coconut flour works well in this blend! As of today, I have yet to create a recipe with coconut flour that doesn’t have a weird texture and flavor. I personally do not like it. However, for some reason when combined with these other flours, it works very well. The coconut flour adds a bit of sweetness, but you can’t taste it.
From my experience for baking breads, muffins, and cookies this gluten free flour blend works as a 1 to 1 substitution when all purpose flour is called for in the recipe. While there are mixed opinions about the addition of Xanthum Gum, I always add 2 teaspoons to 1 Tablespoon to my recipes, and I feel that it does make a difference. If you prefer gum free baking, you can use psyllium, ground chia, or ground flaxseed as a replacement, with varying results.
- 1 Cup White Rice Flour
- 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour
- 1 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1 Cup Tapioca Flour
- Mix all flours together in a large bowl. Store in airtight container.
- The ratio for this flour is 1:1:1:1. It is best to make it in large batches such as three cups of each flour to keep on hand in your pantry.