Gluten-free baking mixes and flours are expensive. When I see some on sale I tend to buy a box (or three) thinking that I might as well snap the stuff up at a decent price because, you know, I’ll end up using it all eventually.
But then I also have this bizarre idea that expensive stuff should only be used on very special occasions, or really just shouldn’t be used ever. Which is why I don’t have a lot of nice things. Instead I have boxes of gluten-free flour and baking mixes in my pantry, that even when bought on sale still cost more than their conventional counterparts, so I don’t use them.
Time passes, and I usually forget about the gluten-free flour I’ve been saving for a special purpose. Until it’s pantry-clear-out time, when I find myself unearthing boxes with sell-by dates over a year old. Then I panic, because I HATE wasting anything, even expensive stuff that should never be used, and I end up baking the dinner rolls recipe on the back of a box of Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Baking Flour because it calls for the entire package.
Luckily, the recipe came out really well, despite the flour being old. I got lazy and just scooped the balls of dough with the disher I use to make cookies, so these dinner rolls are pretty small. On their own, they taste rather bland, so they need some butter or something, and they’re delicious with hummus. Also, the texture is very good. The mouthfeel does go a touch slimy, as stuff made with xanthan gum tends to do, but I can easily ignore it, and there’s no aftertaste.
Now I just need to figure out what to make with my box of King Arthur Gluten-Free flour that went off in January of 2013. Any ideas or requests to help break me of my gluten-free flour hoarding ways? Please leave a comment with your suggestions!