Can't do a full Great British Bake Off because of gluten? Here are 10 brilliant baking blogs stuffed full of healthy inspiration
With the new series of the Great British Bake Off warming up, baking is back in full swing. But don't feel left out if you are gluten-intolerant. There are plenty of inspirational recipes to choose from on our selection of beautiful blogs.
1. Canelle et Vanille
As stylish as the recipes are delicious, Aran Goyoaga, originally from northern Spain, developed an autoimmune disease around six years ago, and has found a strict gluten-free diet alleviates all symptoms. There's a healthy mix of recipes on her site, but she specialises in baking, and is especially inspirational when it comes to pastry crusts.
2. Art of Gluten Free Baking
While the photographs on Jeanne's blog are a little more no frills than some, it's the perfect place to get a grasp of the basics, from mixing flours to create your own gluten-free blend, to gluten replacers in recipes. Based in Seattle, she's also happy to answer any questions you might have, although finding a query that she hasn't covered seems unlikely.
3. Gluten-free on a shoestring
Buying several different flours and specialist ingredients can often end up costly, and take up a lot of cupboard space. This blog is ideal for those with less financial opportunity to experiment, but is nonetheless helpful for it. The bagel recipe is a winner.
4. Wuthering Bites
Aside from the brilliantly name blog name, UK-based Sarah also includes product reviews and top tips for how to eat gluten-free in her hometown of Bristol. The chocolate cake with Nutella icing is easy to make and hard to resist.
5. My Darling Lemon Thyme
Perth-based New Zealander Emma Galloway was brought up vegetarian, but turned to a gluten-free lifestyle upon the discovery of herself and her children's intolerance. Beautiful photography supplements engagingly written posts and appealing recipes - the "sweetness" section is a go-to for the chic side of baking. Think rhubarb, candied hazelnut and buckwheat cake, mulberry, lemon and yoghurt tart, and spiced apricot, orange and quinoa museli bars.
6. Gluten-free Goddess
One of the most popular gluten-free blogs on the block, Karina has amassed a huge following, and authored cookbooks, for good reason. The sweet potato cornbread and cherry clafoutis are firm favourites, as is the entire tea breads section.
While Honeybuns has become a well-known special diet bakery, founder Emma still makes time for a recipe blog, which is more than worth a visit, given how delicious her bakes are. There are also helpful recommendations for cookbooks and suppliers, as well as an online store for her own creations.
8. Gluten-free girl
A well-known and long-standing GF blog, Seattle-based Shauna and her husband have a wealth of enthusiasm for life after a coeliac diagnosis, and it's great for main courses, breakfasts and snacks too.
9. La Tartine Gourmande
Béa Peltre's recipes are experimental, with a Gallic twist, having been raised in France, but based in Boston, US. If you are keen to experiment with different flours and flavour combinations, then head straight to the gluten free section - you'll find an elegant gallette des rois, chocolate, almond and berry gratin and rice pudding with strawberries stewed in lemongrass and lime. It's also a hub for food styling and photography tips for fledgling bloggers.
10. Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows is a well-established allergy-friendly, vegetarian blog, so although not strictly baking, it's a great place to start if you need a free-from recipe fast. The added bonus is that a lot of Angela's sweet recipes are dairy free, too.
Do you have favourite gluten-free blogs or recipes? Let us know in comments below.
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Taking the biscuit. The Great British Bake Off begins again, but there's plenty of other inspiration available for bakers seeking to avoid gluten too. Photograph: Murdo Macleod