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Posted on 03/27/2017 in Gluten Free Blogs

What is Xanthan Gum & Why Should I Use it in My Gluten Free Baking?

What is Xanthan Gum & Why Should I Use it in My Gluten Free Baking?

After the huge success of our gluten free scone recipe, we have had many questions as to what is this mysterious ingredient called Xanthan gum and where do we buy it?!?!

Well as we know gluten means ‘glue’ in Latin. So when we are baking we need to replace the binding agent that is missing with a gluten free alternative. I often use eggs, pureed apple or even banana as a binder in my baking. But Xanthan gum is a replacement for foods that you just wish tasted like your old gluten baked goods.

So what happens and how does Xanthan gum work? Well, the Xanthan gum improves the texture of the dough making it less dry and crumbly. It also helps trap air into the dough giving it that lighter texture.

Xanthan gum truly is a work of art and the magical ingredient for any gluten free baking.

Where do you find it? In most Supermarkets (haven’t found it in Aldi or Lidl yet), they are usually found in the baking isle or the ‘free from’ isle.

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