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

Why not check out some of my "gluten free recipes" here:

Coconut almond cake recipe

Apricot honey nut cookies recipe

Onion bhaji recipe

Vegetarian stir fry recipe

Check out my Special Diets Section for more gluten free recipes, you can find these recipes by looking on the left hand side of the page !


Peter M said...

I'm impressed Jeena, you're mixing science with homesy cooking.

I've yet to use Xanthan but it's good to know it use.

Yum Yucky said...

So now I know! I thought it was in the group of those evil ingredients you can't pronounce on the nutrition label. But X-gum is obviously a friendly help!