Thursday, February 26, 2009

A rather unique bread recipe. . .

So. . . as I mentioned before, I'm on this weird agonizing 4-week+ diet to try to figure out where I got a skin rash. So my naturopath doctor put me on both a non-mucus forming diet AND a candida-controlling diet, just to cover all bases and insure that I will have absolutely none of my favorite foods to eat for the next month. :-P Anyway, I've been craving anything close to bread, and specifically wanted to try a pumpkin recipe, so I tweaked another recipe, and here's what I got.

Original recipe was the following banana bread recipe (bananas are a no-no on this diet):

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Banana bread

2/3 cup oil or butter
1 cup honey
4 eggs
5 ripe, mashed bananas
3 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt

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Then I did some tweaking and tried this instead:

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Eggless, Milk-less, Soy-less, Butter-less, Sugar-less, Yeast-less, Refined-Flour-less Pumpkin Bread

2/3 cup olive oil (I'm not allowed butter, and I try to stay away from soy - hence most/all vegetable oils - because of some concerns as to the effects of consuming a lot of it)
1 cup maple syrup (I'm not allowed any sweetener - even honey - except 100% pure maple syrup)
1/4 c flaxseed, ground and then whipped up in blender with 3/4 c water (I'm not allowed eggs, so this is the best substitute)
1 large can (3 - 3 1/2 cups) pumpkin
3 1/2 c whole wheat flour (Only whole grains allowed)
2 1/4 t baking soda (No yeast allowed)
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice

Whip together oil and syrup; add flaxseed stuff, and blend. Mix in pumpkin. Whisk together dry ingredients and add slowly to batter. Spoon batter into 2 large loaf pans. Bake for 50ish minutes at 350 degrees.

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Overall, not bad considering the restrictions I had on ingredients. Not spectacular either, but wow, did it taste good considering I was craving bread! I'll take what I can get :-). It was sort of dense, but not brick-like. It was moist enough, at least in its almost-fresh-from-the-oven state, but it definitely wasn't extremely sweet. But um, when the sweetener is $4/cup, I'm not exactly going to be using it in abundance :-P. Overall, not bad if you ever find yourself in the same situation. I even was able to resist all the voices in my head telling me to slather butter all over the bread I was eating. It was hard, but I did it :-).

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12 comments:

Kacie said...

You certainly have my sympathies! I hope you can figure out what's causing your rash. I'm sure you've already ruled out new soaps and detergents and the like.

The last time you blogged about baking, you had a fun announcement! I was getting excited for a second :)

Lydia said...

Wow! Sounds like you are really getting to exercise some creativity in baking.

Could you have something like Ezekiel bread? I know it doesn't have flour or gluten. I am not sure about eggs and yeast, but you could check it out. It does have fresh sprouted grains instead of flour so it has to be frozen to keep it from going bad. You can find it at health food stores. The name comes from a passage in Ezekiel where God told him to eat a bread made with particular grains, oil, etc. I think it is Ezekiel 5:9.

I know a few people who follow like a strict vegan, raw diet almost exclusively and they eat the Ezekiel bread. Maybe you could check out some raw, vegan sites for other ideas in bread making.

For awhile our family was trying to eat very low protein, mostly raw, hardly any diary, etc. It was for a family member who was having some serious health problems and we were willing to try anything to stop the illness. We did it for about three months and it was tricky but we managed. I think we all lost weight without purposely trying. I lost like 5-7 lbs. but then gained it all back. I made lots of smoothies and tried some interesting alternate stuff. It was an adventure and it made me more grateful for what we did have.

I hope you get some answers to what is causing your rashes. That must be very frustrating. Unanswered health issues can be so draining and discouraging. I will be praying for you. :)

~Lydia

Here is the site (rawfoods.com/recipes) I used for raw recipes. They do have a few "bread" and cracker recipes but I think most of them call for a dehydrator and sprouted grains. Maybe you will find something you can use.

Lydia said...

Ooops! That reference was from Ezekiel 4:9 not 5:9. Sorry about that. I meant to look it up before posting above. :)

Susan said...

Haha. Nope, sorry to disappoint, Kacie ;-). Good memory, though!

I have had a non-sprouted version of Ezekiel bread before, Lydia, and it was SO good. Unfortunately the recipe (at least the one I've used) uses honey and yeast, both not allowed on this diet :-/. I could substitute maple syrup for the honey, but not sure how I could do the yeast. . . Hmm. That does remind me, though, that at some post-diet time I need to remake that recipe! I'd have to get hold of the ingredients. Not typical pantry staples!

Jessie said...

Poor thing. I was on a diet like that once and lost so much weight it wasn't even funny. So be careful about that, especiall since you're still nursing! I haven't read below yet to hear about your rash... doing that next... but wanted to let you know I'll be praying for you!
Yeah, maple syrup is not exactly cheap. It's so tasty though!
I'm surprised the doctor allows you to use wheat at all. But I guess you're not being limited on gluten, which is nice : )
Hey, if you're wanting something sweet... try Good Earth brand Egyptian Licorice tea. It's SOOO yummy; the herb itself is sweet. And it DOES NOT taste like yucky licorice candy either (that's flavored with anise, you know). Just steep that ol' tea bag for a while and you'll have a really yummy sweet drink without any sweetener.

Stacy said...

I hope you get better soon and that bread is not the cause. I love bread so i really feel for you. I love a lot of the things you can't have 0_0 agh! *hugs*

alettaka said...

Dear Susan,

I saw your question on the nourishing gourmet blog about allergy diagnostics. I was helped much for my daughter by a kinesiologist. It was a bit weird for me, but the results that she got turned out to be perfect fitting.

Little Sister said...

you can substitute eggs with plain (or flavored) yogurt. I've used 1/4 c yogurt to replace 2-3 eggs. Makes for awesomely moist cookies.

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