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How Do I Use Xanthan Gum When Gluten-Free Baking?

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How Do I Use Xanthan Gum When Gluten-Free Baking?

You have undoubtedly seen xanthan gum listed as an ingredient in one or two gluten-free baking recipes. It's possible that you weren't quite sure what it was doing in your recipe. So, we'll introduce ourselves to you in this essay.

Since xanthan gum replaces and functions as gluten in recipes that call for it, it can be a lifeline for those who cannot stomach gluten (a protein found in wheat). A literal substitute for gum, xanthan gum binds your gluten-free baked products together while also lifting them.

Xanthan gum and gluten both trap air bubbles, giving bread its stretch and rise.It becomes sticky when mixed with the liquid in your baking recipe, and the stickiness aids in binding the other components together. Additionally, it works similarly to gluten in that it retains the bubbles created by the baking soda, powder, or yeast in your recipe, giving your baked goods excellent shape and body.

What Is Xanthan Gum?

A gluten-free baking ingredient called xanthan gum, a fine powder made from the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris, imitates the actions of gluten by holding things together, adding moisture, and giving things structure. Gluten-free breads and other baked items gain thickness and viscosity with the use of xanthan gum.

Your gluten-free baked goods would be flat, crumbly, and dry without xanthan gum.For home bakers who have food sensitivities, xanthan gum is the ideal thickener because it is both vegan and gluten-free. It may be discovered in the baking section of many supermarkets.

How Do I Use Xanthan Gum When Gluten-Free Baking?

To begin with, if you are putting together a recipe using a gluten-free flour mix, ensure the list of ingredients does not already include xanthan gum, as many of them do.

A fair guess is 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum per 1 cup of flour if the blend does not specify it, if you are using a recipe that solely asks for almond flour, for example, or if you're trying to convert a recipe that calls for wheat flour to a gluten-free one.For yeasted breads, you could need more, but you'll have to experiment to find the right quantity. It's better to start modestly the first time and then increase it if you need to the following time.

What Can I Substitute for Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan gum can be replaced by flaxseeds or chia seeds. Both seeds become sticky and gel-like when combined with a liquid, just like gum, binding your components and giving your baked goods lift and structure. The seeds should be combined with two to three times as much water as the substitution calls for, even though it is a 1:1 swap(rather than adding the seeds right along with the dry ingredients, like you do when baking with xanthan gum).

Recipes with Xanthan Gum

Want to see xanthan gum in action? Check out some of these recipes.

Vegan Vanilla Cookies with Walnuts

Although these cookies contain no gluten, they are vegan, and the xanthan gum in the recipe stabilizes the tapioca flour, giving the cookies their chewy texture in the absence of eggs or butter.

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cookies

Xanthan gum is used in these gluten-free cookies because it simulates gluten and gives the finished product more thickness and viscosity.

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Here, xanthan gum mimics the thickening qualities of eggs in this vegan cookie recipe.

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