If you can find a good gluten-free baking mix that you like then by all means use the commercial product. I have found Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour to be very good and it is what I used before I started making my own.
You can also make your own gluten-free mixture using the following ingredients. I purchase them at By the Pound in Ann Arbor on Main St., you probably have a “by the pound” type of store near you. If not you can find them at the healthy food stores – look for them in the bulk section – otherwise you will have to purchase packages of several cups of each one and then you have a huge batch of flour and probably spend a lot more money than necessary. Make a batch and keep it on hand. In general you can substitute this one-to-one for white or whole wheat flour. Sometimes you may need to add a little more of the baking mix.
My Favorite Gluten-Free Baking Mix
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup potato starch
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1 cup amarath flour
Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. Makes 5 cups.
So, by now you are saying to yourself, okay fine, but what about the yummy looking banana cake in the photo? Yes you can absolutely make that banana cake recipe with the GF baking mix. The recipe is in Baking Pure & Simple. It is one of many that you can use the GF baking mix to substitute for flour. I have a whole list in the index called Gluten Free Goodies.
Nothing is more fun for me than hearing someone say – hey – I made your recipe… etc. I hope you try this GF baking mix in your favorite recipe and let me know how it works. One word of caution – yeast breads need a different mix. More on that in my upcoming eBook on GF baking.