April 05, 2016
Gluten free baking is a scientific art, especially when you know what you are doing. When you don't know what you are doing it can be overwhelming, messy and expensive. I really delved into the world of gluten free baking over 11 years ago after my brother was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
I had not long arrived home from travelling and working as a chef throughout far north QLD. As a chef one of my passions and interests had always been pastry and chocolate. Having worked in many hotels, fine restaurants and luxury resorts I had been exposed to and learnt many different aspects of cooking. I am a trained chef and had always been on the grill, in the heat of the kitchen. Every time I tried to get into the colder part of the kitchen, I was always put back where the action happened in the middle of service. I worked well under pressure and had a great memory for orders.
What does the Paleo pantry look like? The thing I love about Paleo baking is it's simplicity. I love whole food cooking, but we still end up with containers of foods that were a good idea at the shops, but 12 months later has found its way to the back of the pantry.
For me these ingredients are essential to Paleo baking and now so easily sourced at your local health food shop or grocery store.
I recently did some research on cream of tartare and it is the by-product of wine making. After the wine making process there is a sediment leftover in the wine barrels. This is then scraped out of the barrels, dried and processed.
I still prefer bicarbonate soda as it is a naturally occurring product. It is a salt mineral, mined and refined into a fine powder. The brand I use and prefer is Mckenzie's. I spent the time speaking to them to make sure that nothing else is added during processing or packing, including aluminium. Mckenzie's bicarbonate soda is also packed in a completely gluten free factory.
Substitute apple cider vinegar for cream of tartar, combined with bicarbonate soda and you can still have a whole food rise.
How simple is that? If you have these 7 ingredients in your pantry you will likely be able to produce a gluten and grain free dessert that will knock the socks off your visitors.
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