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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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    LILY'S GLUTEN-FREE PIE CRUST


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    This recipe came from the Sprue-nik Press, which is published by the Tri-County Celiac Sprue Support Group (TCCSSG), a local chapter of CSA/USA located in southeast Michigan.

    1/3 cup brown or white rice flour
    1 teaspoon xanthan gum
    1/3 cup tapioca flour
    1 Tablespoon sugar
    1/3 cup potato starch
    1/3 cup (5 Tablespoon) butter
    1-½ Tablespoon corn starch
    1 egg, beaten
    1/3 teaspoon salt
    ½ to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

    Have eggs and butter cold for best results. Combine flours, starches, salt, xanthan gum, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Cut cold butter into slices and then work it into the flour mixture with hands or a pastry cutter until the dough feels slightly moist and begins to hold together.

    Add the beaten egg and vinegar to the flour mixture and stir with a spoon or fork until it begins to stiffen. The dough will be quite soft at first but will firm up. Is it firms up, form it into a ball and work it a little with your hands. Use a little tapioca flour if necessary to keep your hands from getting sticky.

    Roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper, turning and peeling off paper as necessary to smooth out wrinkles. Leave the paper on the pie dough to turn it. When it is ready for a pie pan, peel the top layer of paper off, hold the lightly greased pan over the dough, and slip your other hand under the bottom paper and dough. Lift it into the pan as you flip it all over.

    Smooth the dough into the pan before removing the wax paper. Again peel it off; dont lift it off. Crimp edges as desired. Prick with a fork if a baked pie shell is desired and bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

    Double the ingredients for a two-crust pie. Dont attempt to fold the top pie crust. A two-crust pie will bake one hour or a bit longer.

    This recipe comes from Lifeline, Summer 1996, pg. 5. It is Lily Mae Pattens recipe.


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    This was the best crust ever. It didn't even taste like eating rice flour and it was so easy to work with. Thanks!

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    1 ¼ cup rice flour
    1 teaspoon salt
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    ½ cup cold water
    1 tablespoon potato flour (not starch)
    Blend rice flour, salt, and shortening in bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, with mixer on low speed, gradually add potato flour to water--or use a small whisk. Pour the potato flour mixture over the rice flour mixture and work in with spoon. Then knead into a ball with as few strokes as possible. Either press across bottom and upside of your pan or roll between 2 pieces of wax paper that is dusted with rice flour. (I thought it worked better to pat it in the pan or between wax papers with fingers.) Flute edges and use for un-baked crust or bake and then fill with filling.

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    This recipe comes to us from Martha Spinelle.
    My basic gluten-free flour recipe: 2 cups rice flour, ½ cup potato starch, ½ tapioca flour. I substitute this for just about any recipe I come across. Guar/xanthan gum: 1 teaspoon for every cup of gluten-free flour. (I copy the chocolate chip recipe off the package substituting the flour and adding the gum.....this has worked for just about every recipe I have ever found in any cookbook.) May be less for Cakes, and I dont use gum when I make Pancakes.
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    This recipe comes to us from Elizabeth K.
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