Einkorn Cracklin’ Cornbread

Crackling CornbreadSomeone requested a Cracklin’ Cornbread (it’s a Southern thing) on the Low Carbing Among Friends  Facebook today and I truly had forgotten about this fun cornbread my Granny used to make in a cast iron skillet.  Hers was pretty coarse, as she made her own cracklin’s which were quite tough to chop up.  But thanks to modern inventions 😉 I used a food processor and created a tasty little crackling bread.  It’s high in sodium because of the pork rinds, but nobody makes those unsalted to my knowledge (and I just won’t make them from scratch). This bread came out delicious!! It was so moist. It tasted very much like regular cornbread and definitely like the Cracklin’ Cornbread my Granny used to make.  Make yourself a batch and slather it in butter!  This is not suitable until you are quite a ways along in your weight loss efforts and nearly to goal weight (pre-Maintenance or Maintenance), due to the hominy.

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INGREDIENTS:  

½ c. Juanita’s Mexican hominy, drained well

4 eggs

1 T. + 1 tsp. Fresh Corn Flavoring

3/4 c. buttermilk (2% is what I used)

4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

1 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix  (use a gluten-free mix for gluten-free version)

2 tsp. baking soda

1 T. psyllium

1 c. pork rind flour (rinds crushed fine)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of a 9″ round cake pan.  Grease the sides of the pan with oil. Place the hominy, buttermilk and eggs in the food processor.  Add the food coloring and corn flavoring.  Process until fairly smooth.  Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.  Measure all dry ingredients on top and stir until if forms a smooth batter.  It will be a thick batter (you can add 1-2 T. more buttermilk if you think it is too thick. With a rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the pan and spread it evenly with the spatula.  Pop into preheated 350º oven.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out dry and clean.  Ovens vary, so yours may take 5 minutes or so more cooking time.  Remove and slice into 8 pieces.  Serve warm with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 slices, each one contains:

190 calories

12.4 g  fat

8.61 g  carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 6.31 g  NET CARBS

12.37 g  protein

578 mg sodium  (from the pork rinds, so no way to reduce)

Curried Pumpkin “Puppies”

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Curried Pumpkin “Puppies”

This is a recipe I’ve been meaning to try, but it got buried in my files.  So many recipes; so little time.  🙂  Well, I’m sure glad I finally got around to finding this “lost” recipe and trying them.  These reminded me of Southern hush puppies, both in texture and a little bit in taste.  These were inspired by a high-carb Pumpkin Fritter recipe I saw on allrecipes.com a few years back but just haven’t gotten around to trying it until today.  I substituted more low-carb suitable flours and added some curry and Garam Masala to punch up the flavor in a new direction.  The result was a most delightful surprise!  These are sooo good!  they’re almost like a dessert!  The Indian spices are optional but a phenomenal flavor twist on a traditional recipe.

These “hush puppies” are not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL, grains rung of the reintroduction carb ladder.  They are not suitable for Primal-Paleo without “flour” substitutions.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 scant cup pure pumpkin puree (exactly half of a 15-oz. can)  DO NOT USE PUMPKIN PIE FILLING!

2 large eggs, beaten

6 drops liquid stevia (or a little sweetener of your choosing)

½ c. plain whey protein (I use NOW brand)

3 T. oat flour (grind from 100% certified gluten-free rolled oats if you need a gluten-free version)

1/3 c. coconut flour (I use Honeyvillegrains)

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. curry powder (optional)

1 tsp. optional Garam Masala

1/8 tsp. sea salt

½ packet stevia or Splenda (optional)

½ tsp. glucomannan (konjac) powder (or xanthan gum)

Your preferred oil for frying (I used part palm shortening and part coconut oil)

DIRECTIONS:  Measure the pumpkin into a medium mixing bowl.  Beat the eggs into the pumpkin.  Add the sweetener and stir.  Measure all dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula.  Fold the batter on top of itself several times to mix the ingredients and let the glucomannan powder “set up” the batter a bit thicker.  Heat your choice of frying oil in a deep skillet or wok over medium high heat. Drop the batter/dough by tablespoons into hot oil.  I had enough batter to make 16 and only fried 8 at a time to avoid overcrowding and oil cooling off too much.   Fry the fritters for about 1minute on a side.  When both sides are golden grown, remove them with a slotted spoon to paper toweling to drain.  Serve alongside any Indian foods or they are delicious just by themselves!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 16 fritters, each contains: (assumption: after draining, ¼ tsp. oil is still consumed per fritter)

38 calories

1.8 g  fat

3.24 g  carbs, 1.2 g  fiber, 2.04 g  NET CARBS

3.9 g  protein

59 mg sodium

Lupin Flour Corn Muffins

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Lupin Flour Corn Muffins

Today’s attempt at a lupin flour corn muffin was a total success!  These had a lovely flavor!  I took my Jalapeno Cheese Bread recipe, slightly modified it and added some pureed baby corn. This bread is not suitable until you reach the higher carb starchy veggie rung of the Atkins OWL phase.   It is suitable for Primal diners, if you eat occasional cheese.   Leftovers can be crumbled, frozen and used in making your next batch of cornbread stuffing!!  Will keep in the freezer about a month.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. almond flour

½ c. lupin flour (I order from lopino.com)

2 T. coconut flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

1 3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 c. grated cheese

4 extra large eggs, beaten (or 5 large)

4 T. olive oil

1 T. cider vinegar

½ c. pureed baby corn (has much lower carbs than mature corn)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or paper line muffin cups.  I needed 18 to use up all the batter.  Puree a can of baby corn. You’ll need only 1/2 c., so save the remaining in the refrigerator for some other use, like cornbread, a Mexican casserole or soup thickener.  Should keep about a week……or freeze it in a ziploc bag.  Measure all the listed dry ingredients into a medium measuring bowl, add cheese and stir well to blend.  Add all liquid ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir again to blend, scraping bowl with rubber spatula as needed.    Spoon about 2 T. batter into each muffin cup, I used a 2 T. measuring cup to make this easier.  Pop muffins into preheated 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove and serve warm with butter.  SPECIAL NOTE:  This bread would make a wonderful base for cornbread stuffing, too!

CAUTION:  Lupin beans are technically a legume that is closely related to peanuts.  If you have a peanut allergy, there have been reports of some peanut sensitive people reacting negatively to lupin beans.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 18 corn muffins, each contains:

119 calories

10 g fat

3.32 g  carbs, 1.91 g  fiber, 1.41 g  NET CARBS

5.11 g  protein

229 mg sodium

Cheesy “Cornbread”

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Cheesy Cornbread

I’ve been wanting to make a basic cheese cornbread and finally got around to doing that tonight.  I used my Peppered Bacon Cheese Bread recipe and deleted the bacon.  This bread is not suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL phase.   If you omit the corn flavoring, this is suitable for Primal diners that consume occasional cheese.  This was one of my better low-carb breads to date and was absolutely delicious served with seared pork chops and  a salad.  Leftover and toasted, it made a lovely breakfast sausage biscuit as well!

This bread can be baked up in a loaf, scone shapes, as biscuits, muffins or wedges cut from a 9″ round pan or 9 large squares cut from an 8×8 pan version.  This bread holds together well and will not crumble apart. Muffins or biscuits will only take about 15-20 minutes to cook.  Scones, a round version or loaf/square version will possibly take a little longer, around 30 minutes.  Check with a toothpick in the center for doneness.

Note:  The corn flavoring I use from time to time is “Fresh Corn” available at Selectflavors website (formerly marketed under the brand of Superior Products).  http://www.selectflavors.com/individual-flavors/

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. almond flour

2 T. coconut flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

1 3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 c. grated cheese (I use cheddar)

5 eggs, beaten

2 T. coconut oil, melted

2 T. olive oil

1 T. cider vinegar

1 tsp. corn flavoring (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease your pan or muffin tin cups (or use paper liners) and set aside.  Measure all dry ingredients and cheese into a medium measuring bowl, stir and set aside.  Beat eggs and all liquid ingredients in a small bowl and add them to the dry ingredients.  Stir to blend all into a smooth batter.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape batter into a greased loaf pan, 8×8 square dish, a round 9″ pan, or onto a greased sheet for cutting into 10 scones, rolls or biscuits.  Shape dough evenly as desired or spoon into 10 greased muffin tin cups or loaf pan.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 20 minutes for biscuits, rolls or muffins; bake 30-35 minutes for a loaf, 9″ round or 8×8 square version.  Ovens vary, so check with toothpick test.   Remove and cool in pan a few minutes.  Run sharp knife around edges to loosen and tip out onto a cutting board. Slice loaf or scones into 10 servings.  Serve warm with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 slices, muffins, biscuits or wedges.  Each serving contains:

293.6 calories

26.0 fat

6.16 g  carbs, 3.18 g  fiber, 2.88 g  NET CARBS

11.24 g  protein

481 mg sodium

106 mg potassium

“Cornbread” Muffins

cornmuffins

This recipe was inspired by an English muffin recipe of Ouizoid on LowCarb Friends forums.  I changed up a couple ingredients, added a little yellow food coloring and a corn flavoring called “Fresh Corn” made by Superior Flavorings.  I order my Fresh Corn flavoring here:    http://www.selectflavors.com/products-page/individualflavors/aaa-template-duplicate-9/ .   I DO wish I had not decided to use baking cup paper liners as the muffins stuck to the ungreased paper pretty badly.  I discovered once cooled, the paper peeled off nicely, but I like my cornbread HOT!  So I strongly recommend using greased, non-stick muffin pans, preferably silicone, without paper liners.

I like this recipe a bit better than my other cornbread recipe here on the site!  A little more moist and less crumbly!  These are extremely filling, too, with the glucomannan and chia, two ingredients LOADED with fiber!   This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung on the Atkins OWL phase.  The unusual ingredients in this are available at Netrition.com, all but the corn flavoring, that is.  🙂

NOTE:  I recommend reheating any leftovers for 5 seconds on DEFROST in your microwave rather than in your oven, as oven reheating dries the surface out. 

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. oat fiber (use almond flour for gluten-free version, but carbs will go up)

¼ c. flax meal (I used half golden flax and half dark flax)

¼ c. Carbquik bake mix (for gluten-free, use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix)

1/3 c. plain, unsweetened whey protein powder

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (available at Netrition.com)

½ tsp. xanthan gum

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1 T. chia seeds mixed in ¼ c. hot water

3 beaten medium-large eggs

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. “Fresh Corn” flavoring

3-4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix chia seeds with the ¼ c. water in a lidded jar and set aside for about 15-20 minutes.  Shake the jar occasionally to loosen any clumps.  Once your chia gel is slightly thickened, preheat your oven to 350º.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and stir well.  Beat the eggs, oil, corn flavoring, food coloring and chia gel into the batter and stir until very smooth.  If too stiff, add 1 T. water and stir in well.  I use a 2 T. measuring cup to scoop the batter into 10 muffin cups, but you have to dig it out with your finger to avoid batter waste.  Bake at 350º for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Serve with butter while hot and ENJOY!

VARIATION:   This can be baked in a greased pan for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and center is dry to the touch.  Tip:  This makes excellent cornbread for your Holiday stuffing. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 small corn muffins.  Each muffin contains:

52.7 calories, 3.6 g  fat, 5.0 g  carbs, 4.5 g  fiber, .5 g  NET CARBS, 5.38 g protein, 70 mg sodium

Buttermilk Cornbread

I have been experimenting with crude corn bran,  as it only has 6 net carbs per oz (1/3 c.), compared to 15 net carbs for whole cornmeal.  I miss my cornbread when I have pork chops or smoked pork.  What can I say?  I’m a southern girl.  Netrition doesn’t stock this product so I have to order this from Honeyvillegrains on-line.

Tonight’s experiment came out quite moist and had a good texture and flavor.  It was great warm with butter.  Hubby and I found it quite close to real cornbread in taste!  Texture wasn’t quite as grainy as traditional cornbread, but the taste was very close.  Appearance was pretty good, too, I thought.  I consider this recipe a work in progress, as I am just learning about crude corn bran.  So as I discover improvements, this recipe will be changed here.    This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of the OWL phase of Atkins.

 

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. corn bran

½ c. CarbQuick bake mix

¼ c. hazelnut flour (almond flour would be OK)

½ c. oat fiber

1 oz. (1/3 c.) vital wheat gluten

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 T. olive oil

½ c.  buttermilk (1%)

½ c. heavy cream

2 eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure all dry ingredients into a bowl  Beat eggs and all liquid ingredients in another bowl.  Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir well.  This batter is very thick, so spoon it and spread evenly into a well-greased non-stick 9″ cake pan (it tended to stick to even a non-stick surface).  Bake at 350º for about 20 minutes.  Toothpick test center to be sure it is done.  Should spring back when touched.  Remove and slice into 8 slices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 slices, each contains:

123.4 calories

8.18 g  fat

15.59 g  carbs, 11.80 g  fiber, 3.79 g  NET CARBS

7.29 g protein

176.5 mg sodium