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Member Since 30 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 02 2009 12:09 PM

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gluten-free Baking Smells Bad Suddenly

02 December 2009 - 12:09 PM

I've been waiting before posting this hoping that I'd figure it out on my own but I don't know what to do.

I've been baking gluten-free for several years and everything was alright but last month I baked a gluten-free cake (normal recipe that I converted) that I had baked before and when I took it out of the oven there was on "off" smell. I don't know how to describe it (the closest is like vanilla that is bad but this had no vanilla in it) but it wasn't right - definitely not the way all of my gluten-free baking used to smell.

So I bought ALL new ingredients and scrubbed every bowl and pan that I use (even my flour storage and my oven) and baked the same cake - and it smelled the same!

I decided to bake several different things that used different ingredients and different pans - brownies, cookies, muffins - smelling every ingredient before adding it (they all were ok) but it all had the same smell after baking.

As much as I dislike wasting food, you become accustomed to some in-edibles when you experiment at gluten-free baking but this is horrible and a huge waste of time!

So today I baked a lemon chiffon cake that smelled ok while it was baking (and looks gorgeous!) but when I cut it - there was that smell!

Since no two of the things that I baked use exactly the same ingredients, the only thing that they all had in common is the flour mix that I create from the different rice flours.

I just don't know how or why the exact same brand might be "bad" - if it was ok from one lot and then bad from the same lot and then the new lot is also bad?

My last attempt will be to buy a prepared flour mix later this week but if that doesn't work I don't know what I will do!
Has this has happened to anyone else?
Has anyone got any ideas what is causing it?

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

13 February 2009 - 01:15 PM

My biggest complaint about using gluten-free recipes is that they call for about 20 different ingredients to attempt to come close to the "real thing".

This recipe is from RecipeZaar and all I did was change the flour to a gluten-free Multi Blend Flour Mix.
It's unbelievably easy and comes out moist and fluffy - no grit or crumbles. I cut the cupcakes and put vanilla ice cream inside and it tastes like real ice cream sandwiches.

This is the recipe for the gluten-free Multi Blend Flour Mix

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup white rice flour
cup potato starch flour
2/3 cup tapioca starch flour
cup sweet rice flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons xanthan or guar gum

This is the recipe for the Cupcakes

Mom's Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe #105594

1 1/2 cups flour (use gluten-free Multi Blend Flour Mix)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vinegar

1 Mix all ingredients together until moist and well blended
2 Put in cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F
3 Frost with your favorite icing
4 To make a layer cake, double the recipes and put in 2 round cake pans
5 Increase baking time to about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Baking White Bread #2 (gluten-free)

26 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

Has anyone baked the White Bread #2 (Gluten-Free) ?

It got rave reviews so I am attempting it but the recipe doesn'y say what the consistency of the batter is supposed to be after adding the liquid ingredients. I got a slightly thick liquid - is that right? Or is it supposed to be a dough?

Most recipes provide that information but this has nothing.

I baked a similar recipe that came out as a dough but that didn't bake all the way through but it was a real loaf of bread - squooshy and soft and stayed that way for several days (but I was only able to eat the outside).


New Labeling

07 December 2008 - 03:23 PM

I happened to glance at the labels of a couple of items that I know to be Gluten-free ("normal" food products) and right under the ingredients it now says "A Gluten-free product"!!!!!!!!!

Has anyone else noticed this? I am so excited to see it - it shows that we're finally getting some recognition from the big manufacturers. If only we'd be able to reach those who changed from Gluten-free to adding wheat to something that never needed it!

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