sugarless pumpkin oat bread

Well with the latest smear campaign against me, I decided to finally put things to bed. So here’s my recipe which inspired my sugarless pumpkin oatmeal cookies with pecans. The ones that are the subject of the smear campaign. My bread calls for some unusual things, apple and banana flour. What is apple and banana flour? It is dried apple and banana chips that have been ground into flour using a blender or mill. This recipe makes 12 loaves and generally is only made by me during the holidays. If you’d like to see the recipe that’s gotten me the smear campaign which I believe is nothing more then a publicity stunt on their part, you can view that here. My recipe target of a vindictive smear campaign.¬†¬†Before I get smeared for this bread recipe, I’ll take the liberty of explaining why I used the ingredients in this bread. The apple flour is a natural sugarless sweetener providing your using unsweetened apple chips. Olive oil is rich in antioxidents and other goodies believed to fight off cancer, as well as heart disease. It’s also got a pleasing flavor. The egg whites is mainly cause again, my doctor wants me away from egg yolks. The pumpkin is cause usually around fall I have a bumper crop of pumpkin. The spelt is easy to digest, and the older relatives some of which have a gluten allergy can’t have regular flour. The mashed banana helps bind everything even the flour version helps. Though if you are using banana flour I recommend adding a bit of water, or apple juice or apple jack until the dough feels right to you. Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla, all spices contained in pumpkin pie spice and I tend to like pumpkin pie spice with pumpkin, think any and every American likes these spices in their pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread. Coconut is delicious with pumpkin, and unfortunately since I’m allergic to nuts yet not allergic to coconut, I just simply can’t get enough, expecially toasted. It adds a crunch without the nasty allergic side effects, like death. I prefere to add steel cut oats or even swap out half oats for an equal amount of chocolate cause well oats, chocolate and pumpkin just taste good. The pink and red sea salts add a great flavor, and are filled with good healthy minerals. I’ll use red or pink salt or just omit. At one point I had chest pains up until a few years ago and have done my best to completely eliminate salt from my diet, and the high blood pressure and chest pains stopped. Baking powder and baking soda are required to make this quick bread rise, otherwise it be just too dense to enjoy.

Further more, and I hate to do this, but since I do like the offending parties vanilla extract I’ve been kind enough to link you to her recipe. Just click vanilla extract in the recipe list below.

Sugarless pumpkin oat bread

7 1/2 quarts ground apple flour (see commentary above)
2 1/2 cup olive oil
30 egg whites
10 lb pure pumpkin puree (fresh is best, but canned works too)
7 1/2 cups spelt plus extra for kneading
5 quarts mashed banana or banana flour (see notes)
2 1/2 cups cinnamon
1 1/4 cups allspice
3 1/3 tablespoons freshly ground nutmeg
3 1/3 tablespoons ground clove
5 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 cups fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons pink himilayan or red alaea hawaiian salt
2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3 1/3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 quarts coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
2 1/2 quarts shredded coconut unsweetened (toasted)
2 1/2 quarts chocolate chips or steel cut oats (optional, steel cut oats is healthier)

Preheat oven to 350F.Add coconut in single layer on a cookie sheet and bake until lightly toasted (5 minues) Turn heat to 375F With extra olive oil in a cheap spray bottle spray 12 bread pans that measure 9 by 5 by 3 inches. In a large bowl add in all dry ingredients, apple flour, spelt, allspice, freshly ground nutmeg, clove, salt, grated ginger, cinnamon, and banana flour if using. Add olive oil and ground apple flour in a bowl until blended. Mix in egg whites and pumpkin and banana and beat until it looks frothy like yeast. Add vanilla extract. Fold delicately with baking spatula and then whisk until well incorporated. Turn out onto clean work space dusted with spelt flour and knead for no more then 4 minutes or the delicate gluten will fall apart. Place dough in each bread pan, bake roughly 1 hour in batches of 4. It is ready when it is poked in the center with a skewer and it comes out clean. Let cool until easily handled. Using a sharp knife cut around the edges of each pan and turn out onto cooling racks. Slice and serve once cool. I doubt you can stop at just 1 slice.


Chocolate banana cream pie

I’ve come up with the ultimate pie for the ultimate sweet tooth. A few of my relatives just love sweets like there is no tomarrow. I find bananas, chocolate, and strawberry goes really nicely together…so why not pie-afy them?

So let’s get this party started.

chocolate cream pie filling

1 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp. salt
2 c. scalded milk
2 sqs. chocolate
1 tsp. butter
Melt the chocolate in milk. Mix dry ingredients; add milk mixture gradually. Cook 15 minutes in double boiler, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Mix small amount of mixture with egg yolks and return this to the double boiler. Cook 3 minutes longer. Cool and add vanilla.

banana cream pie filling

3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 bananas, sliced

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk in gradually while stirring gently. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly. Keep stirring and cook for about 2 more minutes, and then remove from the burner.

Stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, and immediately add egg yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes; remember to keep stirring. Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla. Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency.

Strawberry whipped cream (about 4 cups)

Stir together 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/3 cup strawberry quick in large bowl. Stir in 2 cups (1 pt.) cold whipping cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract beat just until stiff. (Do not overbeat)

What do you do with all this yummy goodness?

First you make 2 graham cracker pie crusts. This recipe makes 1.

In a small saucepan or the microwave, melt 6 tablespoons of butter.
Place about 24 graham crackers in a plastic bag. Roll with a rolling pin until finely crushed. This may be done in small batches.
Measure 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs into a medium bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the graham crackers.
Add the melted butter.
Stir or blend together with your hands.
Press into the pie plate or other pan.
To pre-bake the pie crust, bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F. oven.

Now, you got your 2 baked pie crusts, now for the tricky part….layering…

You carefully wanna slice some strawberries and bananas, and layer them in the bottom of the pie crust. You want to alternate, banana strawberry banana….then once the bottom is covered in slices, gently add in your banana cream half way in the pie. Then take and carefully add more banana and strawberry slices, alternating as you go. Then carefully top off the rest of your pie with chocolate cream pie filling. Then top off with more banana and strawberry slices.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes. Chill over night.

Then scoop out your strawberry whipped cream, and drop by tablespoon on the top of your pie. Walla, the ultimate sweet tooth filling pie.

sugar high

Irish banana butter, and banana butter

An old friend from ardmor on lough neagh in the emerald isles gave me this first one.

Irish banana butter
4 lg Bananas; ripe and sliced
3 tb Lemon juice
2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup Irish whiskey (Wolfhound Irish Whiskey was recommended)

Process bananas and lemon juice until smooth; transfer to a saucepan. Stir in sugar and whiskey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, 15 minutes.

Can in water bath canner for 10 minutes for pints. This will make about 4 cups worth. half pint 5 minutes.

Banana butter without liquor

3 cups thoroughly mashed bananas (around 10-12ish)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup minced maraschino cherry
6 1/2 cups sugar
1 (6 ounce) bottle liquid pectin

Measure 3 cups mashed bananas into a large saucepan.Add the lemon juice, cherries and sugar, mixing well. Bring to a rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the pectin. Mix well.

Process for 10 minutes for pints in water bath canner.