Thank you to everyone who has pledged to our Kickstarter campaign to bring the Gluten-Free Girl Flour Blends to market. In the moment I am writing this, more than 1400 of you have pledged to make this dream a reality. We are so grateful.
Wee have 54 hours to go, folks. And the more money we raise, the more quickly we can bring the grain-free blend to market. So many of you have expressed interest in the grain-free blend that we’d love your help spreading the word on this.
And so, in that spirit, I want to share a few stories with you.
For years, we’ve had the formula for our all-purpose flour blend on this site, and in our latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl Every Day. I’ve exhorted for years: it’s not that hard to combine the flours. You can do it today, if you want.
In fact, the other day, a woman asked me for the formula for our all-purpose flour blend on Twitter, in the midst of this Kickstarter campaign. I wrote it out for her immediately. I don’t believe in keeping this a secret. We want you to bake. She wrote back the next day to say the pumpkin muffins she made with our All-Purpose Flour Blend were the best gluten-free baked good she had ever eaten. She can’t wait to bake again.
So here are some stories sent in by readers who have made up our flour blends and used them successfully.
“I’ve used your recipe for a gluten free all-purpose flour mix for a long time. When I first went gluten free, your site was the first that I went to. Your instructions were easy to follow and the results have been fantastic. I tend to use your whole grain mix more now, but when I want something a little more indulgent, I reach for the AP mix. I’ve never had a bad result.”
“Your all purpose mix is amazing. I use it all of the time to make a huge batch of pizzas… I throw half of them in the second freezer outside, just so I always have them on hand. Thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful mix. Oh my gosh, it’s a great thing to have on hand for when company comes over —.just set up a make your own pizza buffet. I also have to say I’ve tried local gf Chicago pizza and a gf pizza in DC. None can touch how amazing yours are! Thank you!!”
“I use the mix for any recipe that I’d use regular all-purpose flour for: cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, crepes, gravy, brownies, muffins, crisp, crumbles and cobblers, pizza dough, naan, and pie crusts…..I’ve baked for picky friends who can’t tell that my desserts are gluten-free and enjoy them just as much as my old ap-based treats. While it’s more obvious that the pizza crust is different it is so delicious no one cares.”
“Your all-purpose gluten free flour blend saved my life! I know, I know, that sounds dramatic, but before I tried making my own flour blend with your recipe, I felt deprived and would “cheat” as a result. And I don’t have to tell you how bad that is!
Always a baker, I had tried commercially available mixes but was always disappointed with something: texture, flavor, or a metallic taste. I tried making other blends at home, but never liked them much either. Plus I seemed to have a sensitivity to the gums other blends called for.
Since I started using your recipe about four years ago I haven’t cheated once! This was back when you called for seven or eight ingredients, but I now use–and love!–the newer, simplified version. At your suggestion, I started baking by weight and I can make any of my favorite family recipes–pancakes, quick breads, even cinnamon rolls! I use it to thicken soups, make roux, and bread fried foods. And the best part? No one knows that it’s gluten free until I tell them!
Thanks for developing this wonderful recipe and helping this gluten- free girl eat right!
So you see? You could make this flour blend today and not need to buy a box from us. Go right ahead.
However, after all these years of delighting in mixing up flours and deciding on the best formulations for blends, I understand why you might want to buy our flours already blended, in a box that can sit in your pantry, instead of having to blend them up yourself.
The other day I heard myself say to Lucy, when she wanted me to play with her: “Honey, I’d love to play with you. I just have to make up a flour blend first.” If I wished I could just grab a box of flour to bake with her immediately — and then color at the dining room table while the scones wafted their scent from the oven — then I imagine you must feel the same.
For Lucy — and soon for Desmond — baking gluten-free is no big deal. Just like I did with my mom when I was a kid, she helps me pull out the flour, the baking powder, the soda, salt, and sugar from the pantry before we begin baking. The recipe for chocolate chip cookies or apple pie is the same as the one I made with my mom. It’s just the flour that is different. That’s it. It’s just a different flour.
Yesterday, Lu called to me from the landing at the top of the stairs. “Mom! I’m having a bake sale. Would you like to come buy something?” It was imaginary, her bake sale, so I sat on a step below her and asked what she was selling.
“We have ginger-melon cream puffs, Chinese five-spice banana bread, maple-blueberry pudding, lime zest cornmeal cookies, and lemon yogurt cake with chocolate ganache,” she told me.
(I swear — she said all this.)
“Wow,” I said. “That’s a great selection. Are any of them gluten-free?”
She looked at me in surprise. “Mama, they’re all gluten-free, of course.”
For my girl — and soon my boy — there’s nothing weird or difficult about gluten-free baking. It’s just baking. And it’s magic. That’s the story in our home.
Here’s the main reason Danny and I have created these flour blends and want to make them available to you. We want these flours to be part of the story of your family’s life, the story of your kids baking cookies with you. I don’t want any kid to feel left out of the joy of standing at Mom or Dad’s knee and making magic with butter, milk, eggs, and flour.
We have only a couple of days left to get this Kickstarter funded as much as we can, to get both of these flour blends in your home.