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melinda-dawn's picture

Pointers Please

Can anyone point me to a tried and true recipe(s) for bread, either on the web or library available book that can meet several goals.

goal 1 - taste good enough to wow over a die hard 'meat 'n potatoes' man

goal 2 - easy for an begginer/intermediate level baker with no fancy equipment

goal 3 - wheat/glutten free

goal 4 - vegan


Short background. I love to bake when time permits, hubby is a die hard steak man (never will ask him to change), having family over for x-mas one  of the attendies can't have wheat/glutten, and I just got told no more dairy for me by my doc (I was already lacto-vegiarian) so am struggling with a switch to vegan (I miss cheeses greatly and it's only been 2 weeks) health reasons ie allergic.


Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Peace, Melinda

clazar123's picture

This is a favorite in our house from when we had dairy allergic people.  

CHocolate Cake

9x13         Bake 350 for 40 minutes

(no eggs-no dairy)

3 cups flour (see note below)

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup cocoa

1/1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda 

  • Mix dry ingredients thoroughly.Can be mixed in the 9x13 pan, if you want.
  •  Then add wet ingredients. 

2 cups water

2 cup oil (least amt you can get away with is ½ c)

2 tbsp vinegar

 2 tsp vanilla 

Mix well and then put into pan and bake as a cake. It can be mixed in the container it will be baked in, also.

It makes a taller than cake mix cake and is very moist. Can be made into cupcakes, if wanted.

Bob's Red Mill has a "flour" baking mix I would try in this recipe. You will find that recipes where texture is forgiving (like brownies or moist desserts) work better for converting to gluten free/dairy free/egg free. There are also all kinds of mixes available (including Betty Crocker gluten free cake mixes) that can be used. I found some at Walmart,recently. There are all kinds of desserts made with cake mixes.

ANy recipe that has milk can be made with soy,almond or other nut milks.

Look at tofutti products and see if they would work for you.

SOme of their products have casein in them-some are casein free.

Good luck and have fun.

Look at some of the previous posts for some links to gluten free info sites.