Thursday, 10 January 2008
Xanthan Gum Recipes
Xanthan gum is a food addative that is used as a binder and emulsifier.
You will find it in ice creams and salad dressings amongst other products you find in the supermarket.
People who can not tolerate gluten found in wheat based products, xanthan gum canbe used as a gluten substitute.
Gluten free flours such as rice flour, buckwheat flour, chickpea flour and tapioca flour can not be used in the same way as wheat flour because none of these flours contain gluten, so we need to use this xanthan gum.
Xanthan gum is used to bind and stretch non wheat flour alternatives.
Xanthan gum is a fine powder and looks almost like a fine dried yeast, you only need to add a little amount of xanthan gum to flour in a recipe for it to work, it has no smell or taste so it does not change the flavour of the dish.
To see xanthan gum in action click here:
How to make gluten free pastry using xanthan gum
To see my delicious red lentil flan recipe using xanthan gum click here for gluten free flan recipe