Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gluten-Free Baking--Banana Bread

My friend Vickie and I have found a new recipe (from an antique Betty Crocker Cookbook) for Banana Bread and checked out the Gluten-free Baking Mix that touts you can add it to your regular recipe cup for cup. But reading the literature that comes with it, it requires a little more liquid and longer baking times. We made it two days ago and this is our polished recipe.

The Gift Of Life Gluten-Free Baking Mix can be used in Regular Recipes substituted Cup for Cup and produces as Baked goods than cannot be distinguished from Wheat. Even my Non-Glutimanic husband could not tell the difference!!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread
--Makes 3 Regular Size Loaves

1 2/3 cups of sugar well creamed together with 2/3 cup margarine or butter.
Add 5 eggs and cream together with the sugar and margarine mixture.
Add 5 ripe well mashed medium size bananas, mix well.
Add 6 T Lactose-free milk and 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar. (you can substitute soy milk for those who are CFGF free) mix again. ( *many Celiacs have trouble handling lactose, so I regularly bake and cook with LF milk)

Then add 3 cups of Gift of Nature All Purpose Gluten-free Flour Blend to the mixture and mix well.

Then add 1 cup more of the Flour Mix before mixing add 2 tsp. GF Baking Powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. sea salt. Mix into the first ingredients, and 1/3 cup water if needs more moisture.
You can add 1 cup chopped nuts if desired.

Put into three greased Regular Size Loaf Pans and
Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and keep checking at 10 minute intervals until the toothpick comes out clean. We found that my loaves took an additional 20 minute baking times depending on the oven and size.

We put foil over the pans after it was brown to not over-bake the top and get it baked through.

** The baking mix works amazing, I was skeptical about the price at a whopping $33.99 for 10 pounds (30.66 cups) or $1.34 a cup, but it makes it easy to get a product that is as close to wheat that I have found in my 28 years of having to eat Gluten-free. I have seldom liked baking as it is very hard to get all the different flours etc. to work and it takes so much time and work, with several kids with special needs who needed consistant monitoring I had to have simple and time sensitive recipes. This is the product to make it EASY and not frustrating.

We figured that it costs me about $10.50 for six loaves of Banana Bread or $1.75 a loaf. We doubled the recipe when I found a bag of ripe bananas for $1.42. I should have bought two and froze them for another time.

With Gluten-free baked products beginning at $4.50 to over $12.00 a product, even the mixes can cost that much. With all that into consideration, this mix is a bargain especially for the new Gluten-free baker or Mom's with time constraints.

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