Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Answer to my Prayers: Primal, Savory, Hearty Nut Loaf
Been dreaming about it for a few weeks....and as it goes, need is the mother of invention- or a hungry belly. My fridge is down to hummus, eggs and nuts...and preserved lemons. But I'd purchased the makings for this loaf a few weeks ago.
So- to work I got- and out came a hearty, savory, sweet, firm, chewy loaf- takes to hummus quite well...or your own toppings of choice- butter, nut butter, cheese and apples, sausage and brie- or what have you.
Its grain free- gluten free- dairy free- primal friendly- and very adaptable to your tastes.
Recipe for Darcey Blue's Savory Nut Loaf
2 c almond meal
2 c toasted walnuts
1.5 c toasted pecans
1/2 c dried fruit (cranberry, sultanas, raisins, apricots, even sun dried tomatoes should you choose)
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 c olive oil (or butter, or coconut oil)
lemon zest (or try orange zest)
4 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp water
toast your nuts, and cool. pulse coarsely in your food processor or blender- not to powder, just to small chunks.
Mix almond meal, nuts, fruit, salt, baking powder, and zest together in a large bowl. Beat eggs, oil and water together, and fold into the nut mixture.
Pour into your greased loaf pan, and bake at 375 degrees F for ~ 35 min. Let rest and cool for an hour or so before slicing into the loaf.
Store in the fridge, unsliced. Slice off a thick slab as needed to go with soup, hummus, fruit and cheese or what have you. Its great plain too.
other options- add pepitas and pine nuts, or acorns, or dried apricots, or sundried tomatoes, or olives, or cinnamon and clove, or rosemary and lemon peel and black pepper ..or ...or... the possibilities are endless....
perfect to serve with little tea.
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