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Tips for flour-free baking

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Flour is not always a welcome – or necessary – ingredient in baking.

While some simply prefer a richer treat, others with a gluten intolerance need to follow a flourless diet.  An increase in awareness of gluten-free diets has led to thousands of recipes for delicious flourless baked goods, ranging from peanut butter cookies to chocolate cakes.

Flourless chocolate cake
By Diana Gale
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Flourless cakes may be richer than those made with flour, but they can be made lighter with the use of leavening agents like eggs.

 

Flourless or gluten-free

Before you start baking, know what you want and how to bake it. If it’s a gluten-free diet, there are many recipes that use gluten-free substitutes of wheat flour, such as millet or buckwheat flour. These will help create the same texture as a cake made from wheat flour.

Flourless baking that uses no flour at all tends to result in baked goods that are denser and richer than those made with flour. No matter which you choose, the new large capacity Electrolux Inspiration ovens can bake up large batches of flour-free snacks for you and your family.  With functions like the UltraFanPlus circulating hot air around evenly, you can get perfectly baked results wherever you place it in the oven.

Inspiration oven
The Inspiration range ovens, with their UltraFanPlus convection function, ensures that any baked goods come out perfectly.

Eggs are your friend

Almost every flourless baking recipe utilises eggs. The reason for this is that the protein in eggs forms a web that traps air and water when beaten. This acts as a leavening ingredient in baking, and gives the flourless cookie or cake structure.

Whipping the eggs into the consistency you need can take quite a bit of time and energy. Consider using electric mixers like the Electrolux EHSM2000 to get better, fluffier results in less time.

If you have an allergy to eggs, you can substitute a flaxseed or chia seed gel instead.

Put it in the fridge

Certain cakes may not even need an oven, just a freezer. And refrigerators like the Electrolux Flexfresh, whose customisable shelving and drawers allow you to arrange storage space for your cake are ideal for this.

Even if you do bake it, the cake could benefit from being wrapped tightly and frozen. The reason is not just to firm up the cake, but freezing the cake traps moisture in it, resulting in a delightfully moist confection when thawed.

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