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I have just found out my son is on a gluten-free diet. Tried to make him some homemade bread. I have the gluten-free all purpose flour and of course i thought i could just do it like i make my own bread...big mistake. I see in all the articles i have read it says you can use pre-gel starch to help with raising of the bread since there is no gluten. my question is...will corn starch work or is this a special starch that i will need to try to find here in my area?
No, cornstarch doesn't work at all. You can get a great book from the library, Betty Hagman's the gluten-free gourmet bakes bread, which explains all about guar gum, xanthan gum and pre-gel, which although they sound weird are all safe, helpful products for gluten free baking.

In addition, check out the hundreds of gluten free recipes at:

and look up the website for the Little Aussie Bakery in San Antonio Texas, which ships terrific gluten free products and mixes for you at home. Tell them ellenskitchen sent you-

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