For me, the transition to living a gluten-free lifestyle hasn’t been particularly dramatic. I feel 100 times better, and a lot of my favourite foods (like rice, and oats) are naturally gluten free anyway.
Which is were Gluten Free Baking & Living come in. Ian and Deborah, who are based in Harrogate, run gluten free baking courses throughout the country, and have developed their own range of amazing gluten free flours. They’ve just started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money so they can develop a couple more, and so they can be widely produced. I got to ask them a few questions, and find out a little bit more about it!
We’re Ian and Deborah Thackeray, the founders of Gluten Free Baking and Living. Ian was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2012, and we began searching for gluten free products that were as good as we were used to eating before! We really struggled to find gluten free baked goods in the supermarket that were up to scratch, so started creating our own – and the rest is history!
We run gluten free baking courses in Harrogate, London and the Wirral, where we teach people how to make delicious GF cooking in their own home. We developed our flour blends through the courses to get the best results – and we think they’re great – so much so that we’re raising funds to develop the blends further.
What is your favourite gluten-free baking recipe?
It’s so hard to choose a favourite! It’s got to be something sweet – cinnamon nut muffins have become a hit in our household.
You can bake all your favourites with the flour – it’s the perfect base for great gluten free baguettes, bread, pastry, scones and cakes, through to béchamel sauce, crepes suzette, choux and puff pastry and all things in between.
Our flour has a much higher protein content, and by using a blend of different flours, such as teff, sorghum and tapioca, we find our flour simply performs much better than what’s currently out there.
What are your ambitions for the product?
We’re incredibly proud of the blends we’ve developed, and think others who are gluten free are going to love them too! We’d love to see the flours become commercially available in retailers soon, so that more and more people can enjoy them.
You’re currently fundraising on Indiegogo. What will the money raised be used for?
We’re raising funds to develop a brown bread flour blend, and Italian stoneground gluten free flour – a first for the UK market. All the funds we raise will be invested in developing and marketing these blends, so we can get the range off the ground.
Please support our campaign – http://igg.me/at/gluten-free-flour-co/x/6324484 and visit us on Facebook, we’ve got some great perks to give away, including the flours themselves and recipe books. Thanks for your support!
Be sure to support Ian and Deborah’s crowdfunding campaign, and help their make dream a reality! Personally, I’m always in favour, and am passionate about promoting high-quality and delicious ingredients. They have some great incentives too!