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AllPurposeFlour_BetterBatterBetter Batter is a company founded by Naomi Poe, a mom of two sons with Autism and gluten intolerance. They offer all-purpose flours, seasoned flours, cake mixes, as well as brownie and pancake mixes. Their prices are about the same as most gluten-free specialty items, but they do offer discounts and deals, so be sure to look for them when you order.

I received a box of their All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Baking Mix as part of my Savorfull box for September.  I thought I’d try it out in my latest recipe for GFCF “Twinkies”. One thing I noticed about it was that it was silky soft in texture. Even though it has rice flour in it, the flour was not gritty at all. Another thing that is really convenient is that Ms. Poe has already added the right amount of xanthan gum into the mix, so you don’t have to buy that separately or wonder if you put in the right amount. I found that the flour cooked very well and gave the “Twinkies” a very nice, airy texture (which was exactly what I wanted).

I think this product is definitely worth checking out more fully. I will let you know if I have the opportunity to review more of their products.  In the meantime, I hope you will pay them a visit and support this mom’s company.

 

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Here’s an added bonus this week – a cookbook review! I read a press review about Celeste Clevenger’s new cookbook (Celeste’s Best Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Recipes: Over 250 Recipes Free of Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Casein, Soy, Corn, Nuts and Yeast) and reached out to her to inquire about reviewing it. She was incredibly generous in sending not only the cookbook but also many different flours and some konjac powder for me to try out the recipes. Celeste has a daughter and nephews with multiple food sensitivities and decided to create recipes to feed her family. She has a website that you may also wish to visit.

The cookbook is excellent, especially for those of us with additional allergies above and beyond gluten and casein. One downside is that there aren’t many photos and I would really like to see what some of these recipes look like finished.  Another possible issue is that she does incorporate some unusual ingredients, like konjac powder, that may prove difficult for the average cook to find. I’ve been checking locally for konjac powder and cannot find it; but, I found out that you can order it online. Celeste’s Cookbook also contains a section on substitutions and tips for cooking and baking.

The problem was that with over 250 recipes in this cookbook – what should I choose to make first? I decided to try a bread recipe as she has several and they don’t have yeast in them, which is not allowed in my son’s diet. The bread recipe I started with (pictured above) is simply called, “Gluten Free, Yeast Free Bread.” The bread was easy to make and was surprisingly like regular bread, complete with a crunchy crust. I couldn’t believe how it rose so nicely despite being yeast-free! My husband devoured this loaf very quickly and keeps asking when I’m going to make it again. I strongly encourage you to get a copy of this great new cookbook and try the bread recipes yourself!

 

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