In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
½ cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
2 teaspoon light, cold-pressed oil
½ cup water
1/3-2/3 cup extra flour for kneading
Sift the flours with the arrowroot powder. In a separate bowl, mix the oil and water, then add to the flour mixture. Work the dough with a fork and then your hands. Knead briefly and roll into a ball. Divide the ball into 8 parts. Roll each part into a ball and pat flat. Sprinkle each bread with flour and roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper with a rolling pin. Turn frequently while rolling, and lift the waxed paper occasionally to add flour so the dough does not stick. The bread should be rounded and about 1/8 inch thick.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a frying pan and heat to medium-high. Put one flatbread in the pan and heat 15-20 seconds on each side. Immediately put bread in oven and heat 3 minutes. Turn over and heat 1 ½ - 2 more minutes. The bread will puff up a bit in the oven, but not as much as traditional pita because it has no yeast. Re-oil the pan with a paper towel dipped in oil, and repeat procedure for each flatbread. Cool breads before storing in plastic bags. Makes 8 breads.
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