I have been gluten free for over eight years and have speant this whole time searching for the perfect pancake recipe. Not half raw inside, not chewy, not falling apart. Light, flavorful, and cooked just right with enough crisp on the outside.
Gluten free baking is challenging. Flours absorb moisture from the air, they each weigh different than wheat flour, and you can’t just substitute for your old recipes. If you mess up, you eat it anyway because that stuff is expensive! You either throw down $6+ for a box of already mixed flour that might or might not work in your recipe or you amass a ridiculous amount of expensive flours in your pantry and freezer.
There was a point in time I wasn’t eating dairy or eggs to see if it helped Wallace. Pancakes were plain impossible… Vegan and gluten free? Ha! There was just nothing holding it together no matter what I tried.
Sometimes I just say F it and pull out a gluten cookbook. I throw together flours in an unscientific way and cross my fingers. They are usually edible but not great. One time, I dumped the whole bowl right into the garbage after my test pancake. Sometimes, I burn them while simultaneously under cooking. (I hate electric stoves.)
I have recently, finally, started learning to bake by weight. I requested a scale for Christmas from my mom years ago and have been reading about ratio baking on Gluten Free Girl. I started by making a flour mix from what I had on hand. It wasn’t the best because I ground the oats in a little food processor and used almond flour, both larger flours. So, I used oat, almond, brown rice, white rice, and tapioca starch.
I used a ton of butter like the recipe calls for so they feel a bit greasy and heavy to me. I managed to only burn one. I was nervous when I first mixed it up because it was very thick like a muffin batter. But the muffins I had done before I somehow miss measured my liquid and they were super watery like pancake batter… go figure! I will be trying these recipesa gain soon and hopefully keep improving my scale skills.
*For those who are curious, I even used to have a gluten free blog. My first blog! There weren’t many gluten free blogs around when I started it but I didn’t dedicate myself to writing on it regularly. It is totally defunct and I haven’t written since before getting pregnant. Read it if you dare.*