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New to Alternative Flour? Start With These 9 Recipes

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Here's a secret: Using alternative flours can add flavor to cakes, cookies, pancakes, you name it, without much extra work on your part. The whole-grain, non-all-purpose bunch—like buckwheat, oat, sorghum, and brown rice flours—offer nuttiness, sweetness, and complexity that's assertive or mild, depending on the flour.

How to Introduce More Flavor into Almost Any Baking Recipe

How to Introduce More Flavor into Almost Any Baking Recipe by Alice Medrich

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8 Rules for Altering Baking Recipes

8 Rules for Altering Baking Recipes by Alice Medrich

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You might call them "flavorful flavors," like Alice Medrich—pastry chef, chocolatier, and cookbook author (of the aptly named Flavor Flours)—does. "You don’t have to be living gluten-free to fall in love with some of the most flavorful flours in the baking aisle," she writes, even though many of them are naturally gluten-free. You just have to like making (or, in the case of nine of Alice's recipes below, baking) things that taste good.

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Here's where to start:

Change One Ingredient in This Pound Cake Recipe, Get a Whole New Cake
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Change One Ingredient in This Pound Cake Recipe, Get a Whole New Cake
Brownie-Filled (& Gluten-Free) Hamantaschen
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Brownie-Filled (& Gluten-Free) Hamantaschen
How to Make Any Pancakes with Non-Wheat Flours
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How to Make Any Pancakes with Non-Wheat Flours
The Best Sweet Potato Cake is Entirely Gluten-Free
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The Best Sweet Potato Cake is Entirely Gluten-Free
The Be-All and End-All Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
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The Be-All and End-All Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise, No Frosting Necessary
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Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise, No Frosting Necessary
A Gluten-Free Biscuit for Shortcakes & Summer Breakfasts
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A Gluten-Free Biscuit for Shortcakes & Summer Breakfasts
The New Russian Tea Cakes, Two Ways
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The New Russian Tea Cakes, Two Ways
Homemade Graham Crackers + 5 Ways to Eat Them
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Homemade Graham Crackers + 5 Ways to Eat Them

Have a favorite recipe that uses or way to use alternative flour? Let us know in the comments!