I recently attended the Atlanta Gluten & Allergy-free Wellness event where I sampled products from a variety of local and national vendors showcasing their wares. Products included baking mixes, pizza crusts, soup mixes, dehydrated fruits, magazines and beer.
Gluten Free Cutie, Pure Knead and Uncle Maddio’s represented the Atlanta market. Chef Tracey Bloom, formerly of Ray’s on the Creek, was also on hand to promote her newest venture, Free Cuisine, for which she develops gluten- and allergy-free recipes.
I also discovered another local product with which I was unfamiliar: Sugar & Spice Market flour, a cup-for-cup all purpose flour substitute. Previously I’ve used Cup 4 Cup, a similar product developed at the French Laundry.
While I’ve had great results using Cup 4 Cup, I was happy to support the locally produced Sugar & Spice Market brand. I decided to test it in a quick bread, which is the only area where I feel Cup 4 Cup doesn’t prove a satisfying substitute.
I made two batches of pumpkin bread (my children’s favorite), one with each flour so I could compare them head-to-head. As with most recipes I’ve tried, the Cup 4 Cup became very elastic and difficult to stir when mixing. The batter made with the Sugar & Spice Market blend more closely mimicked the consistency of wheat flour.
Once baked, the loaves were very similar in appearance and taste, but the Cup 4 Cup still had the gumminess I’d noted in previous attempts. I much preferred the texture of the bread made with the Sugar & Spice Market blend.
It’s a win-win situation. I’m supporting a local business with a product that I prefer. And, it’s cheaper at $17 for 5 lbs versus $19.95 for 3 lbs of the Cup 4 Cup.
You can find the Sugar & Spice Market products online and at Savi Urban Market, Whole Foods (on Ponce de Leon Ave.), Return to Eden and Natural Foods Warehouse.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog