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Gluten Allergy

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#1 EllenC

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 05:06 PM

I have a friend who recently found out she is allergic to gluten. Wheat is now a complete no-no in her diet. However, she is a normal human and wants dessert. She eats flourless chocolate cake and I have converted a wonderful butter cookie recipe to use rice flour but the reality is that woman cannot live by shortbread alone.

I am kinda taking this as a fun challenge and thought I would start by asking my favorite website full of foodies - do any of you have ideas for recipes (I know Marlene - I will take responsibility for putting them in the archive.) or how to convert recipes to other types of flours. I am at a loss here because she wants pastry, and flour (and gluten!) is one of the key building blocks.

Please help.


#2 Marlene

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 05:12 PM

(I know Marlene - I will take responsibility for putting them in the archive.)

:biggrin: Can she have spelt flour?

Also, here is a Flourless Chocolate Torte which is absolutely decadent.

Edited by Marlene, 26 March 2004 - 05:16 PM.


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#3 beccaboo

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 08:35 PM

People with gluten intolerance can't have any of those wheat relatives like spelt and kamut, and they can't have rye. They also can't have oats, I've heard, because even though oats don't really have gluten they might pick some up during processing.

#4 Ling

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 08:52 PM

She could try macaroons.

#5 dannyboy

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 09:07 PM


Here are a few useful links to hopefully get you and your friend started.

This one has umpteen links to endless resources for supplies, recipes, etc.

This one is a great magazine that is another endless resource. Their website has some pretty good recipies, as do the actual magazines.

Good luck and have fun!

#6 davidthomas8779

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 09:07 PM

My wife and kids have the same issue with gluten. We have bought some great gluten free baking books and the stuff works (pause while reading to mimic me going to the shelf to get them)

Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Bread (Bette Hagman)
Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Health (Bette Hagman)
Gluten Free Kitchen (ROben Ryberg)

We also keep meringues and macaroons on hand for easy dessert.

#7 EllenC

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 08:52 PM

Thank you everybody for the great responses. I am totally having fun looking at all the links and information. I knew eGulleteers would have answers.

#8 scott123

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 05:23 PM

Cheesecake doesn't need flour. Make the crust out of crushed nuts instead of graham crackers.

#9 foodie52

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 05:33 PM

Check out Bob's Red Mill : they have an extensive gluten-free line.

Look here:Bob's

#10 bleachboy

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 08:03 PM

Cheesecake doesn't need flour. Make the crust out of crushed nuts instead of graham crackers.

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#11 Sentiamo

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 08:42 PM

IMO, a dense, moist, rich Chocolate Almond cake is the way to go!!
I have one that is superb. Pour on a Ganache and away you go!
PM me if ya want the recipe. :smile:

#12 jackal10

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Posted 29 March 2004 - 12:38 AM

Almond cake:

4 oz ground almonds
5 oz sugar
four eggs

Beat the eggs and sugar until white (use a food processer)
Gently fold in the ground almonds

Bake at 350F for 50 minutes