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Cybele’s Basic Gluten-Free Flour Blend

By Cybele Pascal Makes 6 cups of flour blend.  Free of: gluten and all top allergens. Ingredients 4 cups (950 mL) brown rice flour* 2/3 cup (160 mL) tapioca flour or starch 1 1/3 cups (320 mL) potato starch Method Mix until all ingredients are well-distributed. Then store in an airtight container. Notes: When measuring […]

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Advice On: Substituting Butter in Baked Goods

Oil can be substituted for butter in many types of baked goods, including cookies. Since oil has a higher fat content than butter, substitute just ¾ cup of oil for every 1 cup of butter called for in cakes, cupcakes, breads and muffins. For cookies, use just ½ cup of oil for every 1 cup […]

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Alisa’s Advice: Secrets to Better Buttermilk

When it comes to brunch, everyone’s Grandma seems to have a favourite buttermilk pancake recipe. Pancakes don’t require buttermilk, but for that special version, you may be wondering how to substitute the key ingredient with a dairy-free alternative. Grandma might have obtained her buttermilk fresh from the farm, as the low-fat byproduct of milk churned into butter. But today’s store-bought versions are […]

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Note on Dairy-Free Chocolate

By Alisa Fleming Many people assume that chocolate contains dairy, but pure chocolate is in fact dairy-free. True dark and semi-sweet chocolates are made with a base of cocoa solids (cocoa powder), cocoa butter and sugar. Though cocoa butter sounds like a dairy ingredient, it is actually the fatty portion of the cacao bean, and […]

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Baking With No Milk or Eggs

By Alisa Fleming There is no need to forego favorite family recipes, even if following a free-from diet. With the right ingredient substitutions, those beloved holiday desserts will make the transition flawlessly. The most important thing to consider when making substitutions is the purpose of the original ingredient. Take buttermilk for example. It adds a […]

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Gluten-Free Pastry

With gluten-free anything, I think it’s important not to compare the gluten-free item with the wheat-flour counterpart. They truly are different things in every way. Pastry is no exception. The science of the dough is not the same, the handling and the end product are all a little different. So when setting out to make […]

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Working With Pastry

Pastry can be a tricky beast, so here are a couple of suggestions to make the roll-out go smoothly. 1. Heat is your enemy. Keep that in mind, and that it’s everywhere in the kitchen, especially on your hands. So once you have your pastry dough made, don’t handle it too much. – If you […]

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So You Think You Can’t Cook

When people tell me that they are afraid of cooking and especially baking, I always reassure them that anyone – I do mean anyone – can cook. In fact, if you put your mind to it, you can learn to do everything a kitchen pro can. Consider this: if you did the cooking task that […]

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Substituting Milk for Allergic Toddler

Q Our 18-month-old daughter is allergic to cow’s milk. I’m somewhat confused about what to use in its place. Does it depend on her age? Can you help? A It’s common for parents to be concerned about a child’s nutrition with an allergy to cow’s milk, since it’s a source of calcium, vitamin D and […]

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Substituting Eggs

Q My daughter is allergic to eggs. Should I use a store-bought egg replacer, or is it better to make my own substitute? Do you know of any good homemade egg substitutes? A Eggs perform different functions in various types of food, so choosing one egg substitute over another really depends on what you’re making. […]

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