Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I wish we had "smellovision" or some such thing because this is just heavenly! I adapted All Buttoned Up's recipe to fit our family's eating habits. I used fresh ground flour, healthier sweetener and Allspice (I LOVE Allspice!!!) because we have family who are allergic to nutmeg, so I just have never had it in the house. Shhh! Don't tell anyone it's whole wheat, they'll truly never know! Thank you All Buttoned Up, this is going into the family cookbook as a regular! :o)
Spicy Pear Cake a la All Buttoned Up
In medium mixing bowl, combine:
2 c (280 grams) fresh ground soft white wheat (whole wheat pastry flour)
3/4 t Baking Powder
3/4 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
2/3 c Turbinado (I may try Sucanat next time as it's less processed)
1/2 t Allspice
1/2 t Cinnamon
In a second bowl, mix:
1/2 c oil (I used EVOO)
1/2 c yogurt
1/3 c raw honey
2 small pears, diced.
Once the wet ingredients are mixed, add to dry ingredients and mix gently. Spray 8x8 pan, pouring mix in. Bake at 350* for 30-40 minutes. (I used a glass pan and next time I will probably use either a metal pan or turn the oven down and cook a little longer. It developed a little bit more of a crust than I would want if I was serving it to company - but, I didn't want it to be raw in the center). This could be done with apples, easily or All Buttoned Up suggested using peaches and using ginger instead of the nutmeg! NUMMY! I may have to try that one next!
If you try this, I'd love to know how it went.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
First I made cornbread. Oh was that good made with fresh ground corn!
Next I made 5 loaves of banana bread from the extremely ripe bananas that were scenting our kitchen.
Healthier Banana Bread - Large Batch
-1200 grams (about 8 c, I may reduce this slightly next time) soft white wheat, freshly ground flour
-1 t salt
-2 t Baking Powder
-4 t Baking Soda
-2 c chopped walnuts
In a separate bowl, combine and mix smoothly:
-2 c Sucanat
-1 c Honey
-4 c sour milk, buttermilk, Kefir or yogurt or a combination (I used 3 c Kefir and 1 c yogurt)
-8 mashed overripe bananas
Combine wet and dry ingredients thoroughly. This went into 4 4x8 loaf pans plus 1 slightly smaller loaf pan. The amount will vary on the size of your loaf pan. I fill the pans about 3/4 full. Bake about 50 minutes at 350*. Remove from loaf pan and cool. The loaves that are not immediately eaten can be wrapped and frozen.
Last but not least, I made chocolate chip cookies which I blogged about before, but have tweaked the recipe some more and wanted to write down the changes before I forget!
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
-2 c butter at room temperature
-2 c Turbinado Sugar
-1 c Sucanat
-1/2 c Honey
Add and blend until smooth:
-2 t Vanilla
-600 grams (about 4 c regular flour) fresh ground soft white wheat flour
-1 t salt
-2 t Baking Powder
-2 t Baking Soda
When smooth, add:
-4 c Old Fashioned Oatmeal
-2 packages (24 oz) chocolate chips (we love Trader Joe's chocolate chips)
-2-3 c chopped walnuts
Bake about 10 minutes at 375*F. This dough freezes well.