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I had my birthday last week and one of my gifts was The Gluten Free & Vegan Baking Book. I am not vegan but definitely gluten free so was delighted with this. Now, it has to said before I go any further, if you are in the UK like myself, some of the ingredients are a bit alien. More about that in a bit. The concepts used in this book are also somewhat different to the norm. It is a delightful book. I can honestly say, I have never had my nose in a cook book for so long. I just cant leave it alone. Never have I read all the forewords and blurb at the back before, but this one I definitely have. It is going to take some experimentation, but I shall not be defeated. I have had a couple of failures, but know what is wrong with one, if not the other. I have had a good outcome with today's recipe and the look of glee on my taste tester sons face summed it up for me. Any recipe book that can produce a cookie that is much healthier and still makes him smile like that has to be good.
Some ingredients that are called something else in the UK
Garbanzo bean flour = Gram flour, made from chick peas, like we use for bhajis. I cant call it gram flour any more now. Garbanzo is such a good word!
Fava bean flour = broad bean flour (I haven't found that here yet)
Canola Oil = rapeseed oil which is usually listed as vegetable oil here ( look on the back). That said, I believe sunflower would be fine too.
Stevia = this is a plant based sweetener, also hard to find her. Research suggest that a similar plant based sweetener called zylitol or xlitol would be a good substitute. Both warn against using too much, as it can cause a laxative effect in large amounts.
Baking soda. You prob know this one, but that's bicarbonate of soda, just in case.
That's what I found so far. Will update this list as I go along.