In the past decade, xanthan gum has become a staple in kitchens around the world. People used xanthan gum for thickening and emulsifying in many recipes, from salad dressings to ice cream bases. And while it's easy to find pre-packaged foods that include xanthan gum, making your own from scratch can be both fun and delicious! Here are some of our favorite xanthan gum recipes to use this magical powder:
Xanthan gum is a great option for those who are gluten intolerant. It allows you to replace flour in your recipes, as it’s similar in texture and consistency to wheat flour. To replace 2 cups of flour, use 3 tablespoons of xanthan gum plus water or other liquid ingredients as needed (eggs, milk and oil are commonly used).
Quick Breads & Muffins
Xanthan gum is a thickener that can be used to make quick breads and muffins. It's much more effective at trapping air than gluten-free flours, which means you'll have more light and fluffy results when you use it. The result? You can make your favorite whole wheat xanthan gum recipes without having to worry about getting them wrong!
Gluten Free Waffles
To make the waffles, whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (eggs, milk and melted butter). Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix everything together until combined. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes so it can thicken.
Preheat waffle iron on medium-high heat for about 1 minute; then spray with nonstick spray or brush lightly with oil before pouring about ¼ cup of batter onto each side of the iron per batch. Cook until golden brown and remove from iron using tongs or a fork (waffles should easily lift off iron). Top with maple syrup if desired and serve warm!
Waffles go great with fruit compote or fresh berries—or even by themselves!
Xanthan gum is a versatile ingredient that can be found in many gluten-free recipes. You can use xanthan gum in baking. It’s a natural product derived from the fermentation of corn sugar, which makes it safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Soul Bread Sesame Rolls
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover bread from Soul Bread. It’s also easy enough for anyone to make, even if you haven’t made your own bread yet! The rolls are filled with sesame seeds and herbs, which makes them extra tasty. They go well with any meal or as a snack on their own!
This recipe with xanthan gum allows you to create a stretchy, elastic dough making it an excellent choice for making pizza crust. Simply add 1/4 cup of xanthan gum to 1 cup of flour and mix well. Add water until you have a dough-like consistency—the amount will depend on how dry your flour is. Knead the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic, then roll out into the desired shape (round or rectangular). Place the dough on a greased pizza pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
We hope you enjoyed learning about all the different ways to use xanthan gum in your cooking and baking. You can experiment with these xanthan gum recipes, but we encourage you to try making something new too! The best part about learning how to cook is that there’s always something new to learn; so get out there, have fun with it!
How much xanthan gum to thicken sauce?
If you want to thicken a sauce, the general rule is one teaspoon of xanthan gum per cup of liquid. If you’re using cornstarch as a thickener instead, use two teaspoons per cup of liquid.
How to use xanthan gum in baking?
Xanthan gum is a great way to thicken your baking recipes without using gluten. When baking, you only need to use one teaspoon per cup of flour. You can also use xanthan gum in place of eggs in some recipes—try substituting one tablespoon for each egg called for in the recipe!
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