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Does anyone have some good tips on how to take regular baking recipes and make them gluten-free? I use regular cookbooks when I bake but substitute a ton and I'm getting a little tired of my baked goods never really resembling the original product! I would really, really prefer to use whole grains in my recipes (ie no or very little tapioca starch, potato starch, etc) but I am not sure how feasibly that is with GF baking.
 

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I've never had much success with GF baking without the starches. I also think it makes it more frustrating when you're trying to make it resemble a non-GF item - it just doesn't work, mostly. I sub into my regular recipes too, but I've had more success with GF blogs and stuff, where the recipe was created from scratch to work with the fickleness of GF flours and stuff.
 

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Do you happen to know of any whole-foods type GF blogs? I have tried a few recipes from GF blogs...some of them worked great and some didn't.
 

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I'm not sure if mine is considered whole foods or not... probably not but you can decide for yourself: kitchencanadian.com
 

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Can you do eggs? I haven't tried converting recipes, just stuff from my head, but I do a lot with mostly brown rice flour, a little tapioca, and plenty of egg whites - like adding extra whole eggs, or using an egg white instead of any liquid.<br><br>
I wonder if you could grind brown sweet rice to replace the tapioca?
 

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You might try the cookingtf.com site. Lots of whole grains, and they do offer GF options. Here's the <a href="http://www.tfrecipes.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=82" target="_blank">GF baking forum</a> on their site.
 

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My kids can't do eggs, unfortunately. I was just thinking this afternoon that maybe I should sign up for the TF recipe archive since I do try to soak my flour most of the time (another thing that contributes to weird recipe results I'm sure)... Are there very many GF baking recipes there?
 

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Dunno, sorry. I mostly use recipes from here (see resources sticky for the recipes thread), and the glutenfreegoddess blog, but most of those use the starch flours. Have you seen Sue Gregg's b<a href="http://www.suegregg.com/recipes/breakfasts/blenderbatterwaffles/blenderbatterwafflesA.htm" target="_blank">lender batter recipe</a>? That works great with GF grains too - I use a blend of millet, buckwheat, and GF oats mostly, but lots of combos work. And you can apparently turn that batter into more than just pancakes - muffins, quickbreads, etc...
 

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<a href="http://www.wholelifenutrition.net/" target="_blank">The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook</a> and the <a href="http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/" target="_blank">Spunky Coconut Cookbook</a> are both gluten free, I believe, and pretty TF. (I do not have either, but I am pretty sure they are both gf.) The blogs w/ recipes should be linked there. There also should be gf baked goods linked on both sites...(I'm cerain the whole life nutrition blog has some egg free stuff.)<br><br>
Have you seen <a href="http://elanaspantry.com?" target="_blank">http://elanaspantry.com?</a> I know her cookie recipes don't use eggs, although some other recipes do. She mostly uses almond flour...<br><br>
Also, there is <a href="http://everythingfreeeating.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://everythingfreeeating.blogspot.com/</a> which is by a TF mama who makes foods that are TF and free of her kids allergens. She uses eggs, but there may be some recipes you can use that are w/out eggs.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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You mentioned doing the tf recipe archive--there is a menu mailer I recently found that is geared towards specific diets (she'll soon be offering a gluten, dairy and egg free plan) which looks really cool. (She has recipes on her blog along w/ a sample of what her mailers look like.) Just another option (and I think an awesome one for folks w/ sensitivities/allergies!)<br><br><a href="http://www.heartofcooking.com/sidebar/nourishing-foods-menu-planner/" target="_blank">http://www.heartofcooking.com/sideba...-menu-planner/</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Meat and Seafood Diets:<br><br>
Wheat and Gluten-free – One Month of Spring/Summer Menus Available Now!<br>
Wheat/Gluten and Dairy Free – One Month of Spring/Summer Menus Available Now!<br>
Dairy Free – One Month of Spring/Summer Menus Available Now!<br><br>
Coming very soon:<br><br>
Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free<br>
Egg-free, Dairy-free and Gluten-Free<br>
Nightshade-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free<br>
Nut-free, Legume-free, Wheat/Gluten-free and Dairy-free<br>
Kid-Friendly Wheat/Gluten-free and Dairy-free menus<br>
Extremely Limited Diet: Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Grain-free, Corn-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Shellfish-free, Fruit-free, Peanut-free, Egg-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Preservative-free, MSG-free and artificial flavoring-free (also very limited in legumes and nuts)<br>
Seafood/Vegetarian Diets<br><br>
Wheat-free and Gluten-free<br>
Dairy-Free<br>
Wheat/Gluten-free and Dairy-free<br>
Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free<br>
Nightshade-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free</td>
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PS: I LOVE the <a href="http://www.tfrecipes.com/forum/" target="_blank">Cooking Traditional Foods Forum</a>--there are some experienced gf bakers there as well, who also work to keep their meals full of wholesome ingredients...
 
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