Gluten-free cooking

Gluten-free cooking

by Great British Chefs 29 December 2019

Take a look at all the gluten-free recipes, tips and guides you'll ever need, whether you're gluten-free yourself or preparing gluten-free food for someone else.

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Wheat flour is responsible for some of the world’s most beloved – and important – foods. Breads, cakes, pastries, tarts, batters, doughs, sauces; the list goes on. Thanks to its gluten content, it can help things rise, bind together other ingredients, thicken liquids and crisp things up. That’s perhaps why many people see following a gluten-free diet as a limiting, negative way of life, with so many foods and dishes off-limits.

That’s all changed in the past decade, as chefs, home cooks and food manufacturers started playing around with gluten-free flours. They realised that you could create fantastic versions of gluten-containing foods by swapping out wheat flour with a vast array of other ingredients, each boasting their own flavours, textures and properties. While there are plenty of dishes which are naturally gluten-free, those that traditionally contain it are now made with substituted ingredients to give those with intolerances or allergies the opportunity to enjoy them along with everyone else. Awareness of gluten intolerances and coeliac disease has never been higher, and now supermarkets have entire sections dedicated to free-from foods.

Whether you’re following a gluten-free diet yourself or want to cook for someone who is, knowing where to start can be tricky. Baking is a bit of an exact science, so simply swapping out regular flour for gluten-free flours doesn’t always work, and there are lots of everyday ingredients out there which most of us don’t realise contain gluten (malt vinegar and soy sauce are two good examples). That’s why we’ve gathered together all our top gluten-free recipes and guides in one handy place, in partnership with leading gluten-free flour and food brand, FREEE.

From baking bread and making cakes to recreating family favourites which traditionally contain wheat flour, the recipes below will ensure your gluten-free cooking results in triumph after triumph. We’ll be updating this page every month to give you regular and seasonal inspiration for gluten-free dishes at home, be they naturally gluten-free or made with the new and exciting gluten-free flour blends that make gluten-free baking so easy. Take a look!

Time for tea?

A mid-afternoon cuppa is the perfect way to break up the day, but the range of shop-bought cakes to go with it are often off-limits for those avoiding gluten. Bake a batch of these incredible gluten-free teacakes for your next brew – they're tastier than anything you can buy off the shelf and go perfectly with a cup of tea.

A tart from the heart

Baking for a loved one is the perfect way to express your feelings, and these gluten-free chocolate and passion fruit tartlets look as good as they taste. With a rich, oozy curd and piped peaks of Swiss meringue on top, they're guaranteed to go down a storm.

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Vegan and gluten-free

Fancy giving Veganuary a go this year? Take a look at our recipes which are both vegan and gluten-free – it's easier than you think!

Gluten-free: the basics

Two must-bake treats

Want to know just how easy it is to make savoury and sweet bakes with gluten-free flours? Give the two recipes above a try and discover just how simple it can be.

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