Different Types of “Flour” to Use on Passover – Make Your Passover Baking Gluten-Free and Delicious
Baking on Passover can be challenging if you are hoping to make desserts that taste like moist cake. Without grains or flours baking can be more limiting. Today I’m going to share how to make it not only possible, but delicious! Thanks to the incredibly popular topic of gluten-free baking, I’ve learned how to use different flours to create combinations of flavors and better texture in baking.
Each of these flours can be used in place of all-purpose flour, however they do not contain gluten so they do not work for making breads and in excess of 1 ½ cups become dense. I usually need to play with a recipe a bit, meaning I start by making it exactly as the recipe says but substitute with one of these flours, and then depending on the results, I make adjustments. The recipes provided are terrific and tested so go ahead and follow them.
In case you cannot find these products in your local store with Passover kosher certification, you can easily make them at home. In fact, it’s much less expensive to make them yourself.
Quinoa Flour– Toast some raw quinoa, and then grind it in a coffee grinder or blender. This takes about 5 minutes to get to the right consistency. Look at your flour and judge if it should be sifted or not. Usually should be sifted but if its smooth enough, you don’t need to sift.
Almond Flour– Your local market will usually carry this product, but you can also easily make it (check for Passover certification before buying). Place almonds in a grinder, food processor or blender and process until ground, then sift. Store in the fridge for a month and up to 3 months in the freezer.
Pistachio Flour– Grind pistachios and sift. When sifting put back about a quarter of the nut chunks in the flour and toss the rest. Store in the fridge for a month and up to 3 months in the freezer.
Nut Flour– All nuts can be turned into a flour, just grind and sift, the same instructions from above.
Rice Flour (for Sephardim) – Rice flour is a form of flour made from finely milled rice. This flour can be made from either white or brown rice and can be used interchangeably. You can also make your own rice flour – just place rice of your choice (white or brown) in your blender and process until it forms a powder.