A few months ago, my mom gave me and my gluten-free sisters the best gift. She ordered us each a copy of The How Can it be Gluten Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen. I'm so glad she did! I have loved every recipe I've tried. Today I'm sharing their Gluten Free Flour Blend so that you can try it, too.
What I love about this recipe is that it incorporates a little bit of powdered milk. The added protein helps baked goods brown, a quality which is often missing from most gluten free foods.
You'll notice that the ingredients are listed first in ounces. If you bake gluten free, and you don't already use a food scale to measure your flours, I highly recommend it. Measuring by the cup will not give you accurate measurements if you need to substitute a different flour. Using a scale ensures that you use the correct amount of each flour. (To substitute flours, replace by weight, not by volume.)
Gluten-Free Flour Blend
- 24 ounces white rice flour (4 ½ cups plus ⅓ cup)
- 7 ½ ounces brown rice flour (1 ⅔ cups)
- 7 ounces potato starch (1 ⅓ cups)
- 3 ounces tapioca starch (¾ cup)
- ¾ ounce nonfat milk powder (3 tablespoons)
Combine flours in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until the flour is a uniform color. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. This flour keeps for 3 months in the refrigerator or even longer in the freezer. (Mine is never in the fridge that long because I use it too fast!)
I love this mix in pancakes, waffles, sandwich and banana bread. I've also used it successfully to thicken sauces. I save money when I prepare my gluten free flour mix by grinding some of my own flours. I use my blendtec blender to grind the white and brown rice flours. I love not having to run to the store every time I need some more!
Thanks for stopping by today. While you're here, please check out some of my gluten-free recipes! (Images below are linked.)
Heidi, this is a great post! I stumbled it so others can find this great flour blend! :)
Thanks, Marilyn! It's a great recipe--and so is the book!
Where do you get potato starch flour?
Sorry I missed this, Emily! I buy it at Natural Grocers, but Walmart has started to carry some of these flours. I haven't checked for this one yet.
Brianna @Flippin' Delicious
I've never thought of putting dry milk into my gf flour to make is brown better. Great tip!
I know! Isn't that a great idea, Brianna? The ATK gluten free book has a lot of great tips.
My favorite gluten-free flour is definitely coconut flour :)
I have a recipe I want to try with that flour. I'm off to pick some up today, GiGi.
Ali the Skinny GF Chef
Interesting! :) Are you saying it will work as a cup for cup for any recipe, or just for the recipes from the book? I use a similar mix for some of my recipes, but one mix doesn't usually work for all baked goods.
This flour should work for most baked goods, but it's kind of trial and error to find out what mix works best for each recipe. The ATK book has a yummy bread with this flour. I've used it for pancakes, pizza crust, pie crust, and cookies. I've been happy so far.
mary fran | frannycakes
I'm glad you liked that book - I had lukewarm feelings about it. Is there a recipe in there that you would recommend starting with?
The sandwich bread is really good, and the banana bread is amazing! I like it better than regular.
I have a cousin whose son has to be gluten-free. Will share this with her!
You definitely should, Melanie! Thanks for sharing.
I love coconut flour but it doesn't work for everything. Thanks for sharing this great blend.
You're welcome, Heather. I'm planning to try coconut flour in a recipe today.
We are not a gluten free household but I still want to try this!
I hope you like it, Heather. You can't subsitute this four without using xantham gum as a binder. Make sure you use it with a gluten free recipe so that you will get that important ingredient. The amount you need is different for every recipe.
Great blend Heidi!! Thanks for letting our readers know how easy it is to make your own gluten free flour blend on Gluten Free & DIY Tuesdays. http://www.fearlessdining.com/2014/09/15/gluten-free-diy-tuesdays/
You're welcome, Sandi. It saves a lot of money--which is so important for gluten free!
This looks great! Can you leave out the dried milk?
Yes, but it helps the recipe brown. You can use dry soy or other non dairy milk, too.
Michele @ Flavor Mosaic
I'm sure this recipe will help a lot of people who are on a gluten free diet.
I think so, too, Michele. It's always nice to have a new flour to try.
Christina @ It's a Keeper
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I've had so many requests for a GF Flour blend. Now I have somewhere to refer them!
Glad I could help, Christina. The ATK Gluten Free book is really good, too.
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!
Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com