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What is Sorghum Flour?

Sorghum flour is made from a grain which is very common in Africa and India. It is the 5th most important grain in the world. Orginally used for a cereal crop for feeding animals, it now more widely used for human consumption and being gluten free is ideal for Coeliac recipes. The whole grain kernal is ground into flour and can be used for cooking and baking. Sorghum flour is nutritionally similar to corn but is higher in protein and fat and lower in vitamin A.

What can I make with Sorghum Flour?

Pancakes, porridge and flatbreads can be made from sorghum flour, though it is generally agreed the best baking results are achieved with a mix of flours. A good mix is rice flour, potato starch and sorghum flour for cakes, muffuns, unleavened breads, cookies, cous cous, malted beverages.

How should I use sorghum flour?

Sorgum flour doesnt have a taste which can be of benefit as it wont taint a recipe's flavour. Due to being gluten free and therefore not having a natural binding property, it really needs to be used with cornflour in recipes which will help to bind the recipe. As with many gluten free flours, the final baked product can be drier and crumblier so extra oil, fat and eggs can add to the texture and dont forget xanthan gum will alos help! Baking powder and soda will also help doughs rise.

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Cornflour a kitchen cupboard must have

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Gluten Free Cooking with Cornflour / Corn StarchWe often talk about new fancy flours which are great for a gluten free diet but the good old corn flour or cornstarch has lived in a cupboards for years.

Thickening properties

Cornflour  is the starch extracted from maize. It is great for thickening soups and casseroles and is perfect white or cheese sauces, but can we use this long standing cooking favourite.

This fine white powder is milled from maize which the hull, germ and gluten are removed.

Cornflour in Cooking 

Cornflour is easy to use and add to thicken recipes by simply mixing with water. Once mixed, a smooth creamy paste is formed, which blends into casseroles, pie fillings and sauces without the risk of lumps. Cornflour is tasteless and therefore willnot taint the flavour in recipes. Cornflour however cannot be frozen or used in a long cooking prcess.

Gluten Free flour mixes

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Chickpeas - easy, affordable and gluten free

Chickpea make delicious gluten free burgers!{jcomments on}Chickpeas also known as Garbanzo beans, are popular in Meditteranean countries and widely used in Indian cuisine. Easily bought in cans or dried these legumes are easily stored in our cupboards. Quick to cook and very versatile, the chickpea shouldnt be overlooked as a gluten free option in our everyday cooking. Check out our gluten free chickpea houmous and chickpea curry and chickpea burgers

Chickpeas... an ancient food source

Chickpeas have been used for over 7500 years, used in Turkey, Iraq and in the hanging gardens of babylon. The Ancient Egyptians used chickpeas and the name appears under the name 'falcon-face' in a list of plant names on a papyrus school text.

Nutritional Value 

Chickpeas are an excellent source of molybdenum (an essential element in human nutrition), a good source of folic acid, fibre and manganese (helps the body utilise key nutrients). Chickpeas are a good source of protein, and minerals such as iron,copper, zinc and magnesium. They can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels which makes them a great food for diabetics.

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Stevia a natural sweetener

stevia_natural_sweetenerStevia is part of the sunflower family and is also known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf. Stevia can be used as a sweetener or sugar substitute in a wide variety of food.

Stevia is it worth considering as a natural sweetener for our foods?

A natural sweetener

Stevia leaves can be 30 times sweeter than sugar, 250-300 times sweeter than sucrose and is completely natural. Stevia's sweet glycosides (the sweet taste) cannot be digested so have no calories. Stevia makes no difference on the blood sugar leels so can be used by diabetics too!

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