beats a delicious muffin and a hot cup of coffee for a light,
satisfying breakfast! Muffins are basically individual quick
breads. They are called quick breads simply because they are
quickly mixed and because they dont contain yeast, they
dont require the lengthy rising time before baking.
They are extremely easy to make just mix the dry ingredients,
mix the wet ingredients and then combine the two! Gluten-free
muffins can be wonderful and with a few simple tricks they
can be equally as good, if not better, than the gluten-variety!
Trick 1: We have had tremendous success
with The Gluten Free Pantrys Country French Bread flour
mix for the gf flour in all of our muffin recipes. The blend
of flour and binders within their flour mix work wonderfully
for nearly all quickbreads and muffins. To order The Gluten
Free Pantrys Country French Bread mix click here:
2: Make sure that your recipe has enough oil. We usually
make sure that there is about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of oil in the
recipe. This helps add moisture to the muffins and counteracts
the dryness caused by the rice flour in the flour mix.
Trick 3: Sometimes the additional
oil on its own is not enough to add the right amount of moisture
to quickbreads or muffins. To make sure that the end result
is moist and some-what cake like make sure that your recipe
has something like crème fraiche, sour cream, yogurt,
or a fruit puree (applesauce, pear puree, etc.).
Trick 4: Add another egg. Because
we are not using wheat flour containing gluten which gives
elasticity and helps the muffin rise during the baking process
we need to add something to the batter to compensate for this
weakness in gluten-free flour. Adding an additional egg will
help this deficiency.
Trick 5: Our final trick also helps
compensate for the lack of leavening inherent in gluten-free
flour. Add about 1/2 teaspoon extra baking powder or baking
soda to your recipe.
One final note: If you happen to
be on a casein-free, gluten-free diet substitute soy milk,
soy yogurt, or soy sour cream (try Tofutti sour cream
its great!). The results are perfect!!
Here are some of our favorite muffin recipes
weve discovered over the years:
Cherry Glazed Muffins
Muffins with Blueberries
Cream Peach Muffins