Gluten free baking without Xanthan gum (or guar)?


Can gluten free baking be done without xanthan or guar gum?

Some are allergic and I haven't found much info about this.

badge posted by: bocca on December 09, 2010 at 1:39 pm in Baking, gluten-free
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reply by: pjh on December 09, 2010 at 1:44 pm

You can bake gluten-free without xanthan or guar gum, but baked goods will tend to crumble and fall apart; the gums substitute for the gluten as far as structure goes. Why not give a recipe a try, see what happens? Obviously, the crumbling wouldn't be as big an issue in, say, cookies as it would be in bread or cake...

reply by: bocca on December 16, 2010 at 12:32 am

LOL the first time I baked it was cornbread and no xanthan gum. It bubbled over the pan, was amusing.

I made one thing recently that didn't have xanthan in it and while it turned out fine I can't remember what it was! I think I need some sleep.