Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

Tried my Peggy’s English Muffin as an Einkorn flour version to see how that would improve texture and flavor.  I also decided to add a little psyllium husk powder for elasticity and the results were amazing!  Toasted in my broiler nicer than any other toast to date.  Flavor was like real toast!  Still haven’t achieved that acidic “sour dough” flavor that store-bought English muffins have though.   I’ve never been into messing with sourdough starter and such, quite frankly, so that may never happen.  But I’m pretty happy with this muffin and may not do further experiments on it.  Peggy, who are you kidding?  I can’t quit until I reach Nirvana and this muffin just isn’t quite there yet.  But it is vastly improved over my old version linked above.  I see that as all “goodness”.   🙂  As always, if there are further tests and improvements, I’ll come back to this post and make those changes.  🙂

As with all my Einkorn experiments, they are not suitable during Atkins Induction phase.  Wait until you are nearly to or at goal weight.  Keto dieters can have these occasionally if the day’s menu allows the carbs.  These would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo folks.  If you’re wondering, I order my Einkorn flour from Jovial foods.com.  Some people are able to buy it in local grocery stores, but I am not.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1½ T. unsalted butter

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)einkorn-by-jovial

2 T. very hot water

3 T. almond flour

1 T. Einkorn flour (for gluten free, use 1 T. oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

1 tsp. oat fiber (for gluten-free, use oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

¼ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand from Netrition.com)

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a small bowl.  I used a 5″ oval dish.  Add the egg whites and hot water.  Add the dry ingredients in the order listed, stirring after each addition.  The mixture will be very fairly soupy at this point.  Add the psyllium husk powder last and the “batter” will now begin to thicken up.  Stir well with your fork to insure all is well-mixed.  Allow 1 full minute for the psyllium to do its job of thickening your batter.  Pop into your microwave and cook on HI for about 1 minute (should be dry to the touch in the center).  Cook a few seconds longer if still damp in the center.  Microwaves vary. Preheat your broiler.

Remove, loosen the edges with a knife tip and tip the muffin out onto a cutting board.  Cool a minute or so and then carefully slice laterally into two slices using a serrated bread knife.  Place on a metal pan and toast/brown the bottoms and then the tops in your broiler or toaster oven to your liking.  Serve hot with butter and your favorite jam.  You can also toast these in your slot toaster if you prefer, but be forewarned, I find they tend to “slump” or crumple down, even with the toaster support wires.  They then are misshapen and inclined to burn when they crumple and touch the elements of the toaster.   Your call on the toasting method. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes one muffin.  Entire recipe contains:

314 calories, 26.5 g  fat, 12.2 g  carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 5.1 g  NET CARBS, 11.1 g  protein, 354 mg sodium

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns

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I think these are my best low-carb hamburger buns yet!  They are very neutral in flavor and will definitely not drown out the lovely flavor of your charcoal-grilled burgers like many low-carb breads will.   They are so sturdy not a single crumb or piece fell off my burger, despite the heat of the meat patty.   But they achieve this sturdiness NOT at the price of “moist”.  They are not the slightest bit  “dry” or difficult to swallow.  Tasted like I was eating a REAL and very SOFT hamburger bun!

For those familiar with my Gluten-Free Grain Free Focaccia Bread recipe, that’s what these are made with.

SPECIAL NOTE:  For bigger buns (shown above), make a double batch of batter (which doubles the carbs to 3.06 per larger bun).  

These buns are not suitable for Atkins Induction, but are acceptable once you get to Phase 2 OWL nuts and seeds level.  They are also suitable for Ketogenic diets and Primal folks if dairy is occasionally consumed.  These buns are not suitable for a Paleo lifestyle.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein

1 tsp. baking powder

0013 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor only)

Poppy or Sesame seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Grease your metal molds well with oil.

I actually baked my buns in empty 13-oz cans (top and bottoms removed) that cooked chicken breast meat comes in.  Those cans are the perfect diameter and I have saved 8 of these over the past year so I would have them for this purpose.  They don’t appear to be lined, so I think it’s OK to bake in them.  After baking these, I located some mini cake pans that are just the right shape for making my hamburger buns in future.  A large round metal cookie cutter would work, too. Muffin-top pans would be OK I suppose, but will make smaller buns.  You can even free-hand shape them on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet.  But be warned, they will spread out as they cook and you may be unhappy with their final shape.

Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. batter and fill your molds, spreading the batter evenly with the back of a spoon.  If you doubled the batter for the larger buns, use a ½-cup measuring cup to fill your molds.  Batter will be about ½” thick in the molds and there should be enough batter for 7 buns. Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds if desired.  Pop buns into a 350º oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes.  Slide knife around edges of buns to loosen and carefully remove them to a cooling rack or cutting board. When totally cool, slice them laterally and they are ready to use for your grilled burgers or other sandwiches.  Store any leftover in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  Please note these buns boast some impressive nutritional stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes seven small buns you then slice laterally to create a “top” and “bottom” of your bun. Each 2-part hamburger bun contains: (doesn’t include sesame or poppy seeds if you use them).  Double these numbers if you double batter for larger size burger buns.

197 cals., 16g  fat, 3.5g  carbs, 1.97g  fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 12.7g  protein, 288 mg sodium

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

These little rolls are a variation on a Paleo Flax Bread recipe I saw somewhere on the net.  They came out quite light and tasty.  They are very nice with butter.  These are not suitable until you get to the Atkins OWL nuts and seeds level of the carb re-introduction ladder.  This batter can be baked as a single loaf as well, but allow longer (about 30 minutes) for baking time if you do.  I found they were good at room temperature, sliced and used to make min- sandwiches and sliders, too!

VARIATION:  Omit rosemary & onion powder and instead use dill weed or seed along with lightly toasted minced dehydrated onion.  Or use any other favorite seasoning blend.  Be CREATIVE!!  🙂

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

1 c. + 2 T. flax meal (use golden flax for the lightest roll)

¼ tsp. salt

2½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. crushed dried rosemary (or 1½ T. fresh, chopped fine)

4 eggs, beaten

¾-1 c. water

4 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Grease loaf pan or muffin pan with some olive oil.  Beat the eggs, 4 T. olive oil and 1/2 c. of the water in a large mixing bowl.  Measure all dry ingredients on top of the egg mixture and stir/beat well.  Batter will be quite stiff.   Gradually add more water in small increments and beat after each addition until batter is smooth/soft enough to be spooned into muffin pans.  I used a square muffin pan making these.  You want it fairly thick!  Spoon into muffin cups nearly full, as these don’t rise too much. I actually used a square muffin pan, with 1″ deep wells.

Optional:  Before baking, sprinkle a few poppy seeds or crushed minced onion on top.

Pop into 350º oven for about 20 minutes (30-40 minutes for a single loaf of bread).  Cool slightly before attempting to remove them from the pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 loaf cut into 12 slices or 12 dinner rolls, each roll/slice contains:

154 calories, 12.8 g  fat, 5.83 g carbs, 4.43 g fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS, 5.71 g protein, 83 mg sodium

 

Einkorn Dinner Rolls

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These will make a lovely addition to your Holiday feast this year.  I often double this recipe and make a loaf as well as a batch of rolls.  This freezes nicely. 🙂  They are my best low-carb dinner rolls to date and now my go-to recipe!  Soft inside; slightly chewy crust and a marvelous flavor.  And they rose up nicer than any I’ve made before!

My Inspiration for these is a bread recipe of Maria Emmerich.  I made several changes and am quite pleased with my results. My husband even said these were quite good hot out of the oven with butter, and he’s hard to please with low-carb baked goods.  These have a nice mouth feel one finds in a good traditional yeast bread.  I even included some dissolved yeast but that’s just added for flavor.

These should make very nice sliders, too.  Here’s a close-up on the smooth texture:

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it at Safeway and other stores, but I’ve not been so lucky.  Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in recipes as it brings so much texture and flavor for little added carbs.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance on Atkins).

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VARIATION:   Sprinkle and press on some of my 8-Seed Blend on the tops of the rolls before baking:

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour (use 2 T. more almond flour for gluten-free version)

½ c. egg white protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 T. oat fiber (use 100% certified gluten-free oat flour for gluten free version)

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax or a mixture can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard muffin tin and set aside.    Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, add the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and stir to blend. Batter will be lumpy.  Now, using a whisk, beat until batter is smoother (about 15 times is all it should take).  Spoon batter into greased muffin tin cups 3/4 full evenly distributing the batter as best you can.  I actually used a silicone muffin pan.  Bake at 350º for around 30 minutes, but check them at 20 minutes as ovens vary. If not firm and dry to touch on tops, cook 5 or so minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, lift out with knife tip or tip onto board to finish cooling.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 dinner rolls, each contains:

123 calories, 8.56 g fat, 6.53 g carbs, 3.93 g fiber, 2.6 g NET CARBS, 4.85 g protein, 222 mg sodium

English Muffin

English Muffin

This is my lowest carb English muffin experiment to date.  It sure toasts nicely and psychologically allows me to feel like I’m having an English muffin.  The flavor is nice, especially with jam.  I tried to take my picture so you could see the inside texture well.  The air bubbles brought about with the addition of baking powder really do facilitate crisper toasting and promote the resemblance of a flour-based English muffin, I think.  These would not be suitable until the OWL phase of Atkins since they have almond flour.  **For you recipe tweakers…….do not substitute coconut flour in this recipe.  I did one that way and it was hard as a rock, didn’t toast so well, and not very good flavor-wise either.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. melted butter, unsalted

1 large egg, beaten

pinch salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 T. almond flour or meal

1 tsp. oat fiber   (Available at Netrition.com.  Substitutions will result in higher carbs; omitting will render a different texture muffin)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. psyllium husk powder (optional for slightly chewy muffin)

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in microwave in a small round bowl.  I used a 4″ ceramic ramekin.    Beat in the egg until smooth.  Add dry ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Microwave on HI for 2 minutes.  Tip muffin out onto cutting board and carefully slice in half laterally.  Toast to desired brownness and butter or serve with your favorite no-sugar jam or fruit topping.  My picture is shown with sugar-free blackberry jam.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 English muffin which contains:

294 calories, 27 g  fat, 7.4 g   carbs, 4.6 g fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS, 10.9 g  protein, 217 mg sodium

Pumpernickel “Rye” Bread

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These chunks of dark deliciousness were super tasty hot from the oven with butter.  You can make this into formed rolls, a loaf, of even a focaccia-style flat sheet!  I just make it in a small cake pan and cut it into triangles.  Next time I’m going to do these either as round dinner rolls or in my square muffin pan!   If you don’t like rye bread, just leave out the caraway seed and you have plain Pumpernickel!  This recipe is not suitable technically until the grains rung of OWL.  But oat fiber has 26 g. carbs per 1/3 cup and 26g. fiber, so even with rounding, it’s <1g. of carbs per 1/3 c.  I use very little in a recipe so that helps, too. As a virtual wash on carbs, I doubt you would have to wait until the grains rung of OWL to try these, but test to determine if it starts food cravings or causes gains.  It hasn’t for me.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. + 1 T. DARK flax meal

1 T. melted butter

2 T. sour cream

1 egg

½ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber

½ tsp. caraway seed

1 square (14.3 g) 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate (or 90% Lindt chocolate)

1 T. brewed coffee

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. freeze-dried coffee crystals (enhances flavor a lot)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt chocolate and butter in microwave.  Dissolve coffee crystals in the brewed coffee and add. Place in food processor.   Add in the sour cream and beaten egg.  Pulse a couple times to blend.  Add all dry ingredients and pulse a few times to mix batter well.  Either dip into 4 greased ramekins, 4 microwave safe muffin cups  or if using as sliced bread, dip batter into square or round small glass baking dish container.  Cook on HI for 1 minute 10 seconds or until center is dry to the touch.   If increasing recipe (four recipes) for a small loaf, bake at 350º for around 30 minutes or until center passes a dry toothpick test.  Cool and tip out onto cutting board.  Slice “rolls” laterally if using for a sandwich.   Serve hot rolls  at once with butter.  Completely cool before attempting to cut if you made a loaf for slicing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  The whole recipe has 690 calories, 63.5 g fat, 20.1 carbs, 13.5 g  fiber, 6.6 g net carbs, 20.9 g protein.  Calculate according to what shape/slice you are making.

If making as dinner rolls, this recipe makes 4 small rolls, each contains 172.5 calories, 16 g fat, 5.03 g carbs, 3.38 g fiber, 2.65 g NET CARBS, 5.23 g  protein

Egg White Protein Buns

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I continue to try to improve the Oopsie-style sandwich buns.  My forays into using whey protein powder in the original Oopsie recipe dried them out and made them crumbly.  Next I tried adding a bit of egg white protein instead.  The egg white protein idea I got from a bun recipe I saw over on Maria Emmerich’s blog, seen here:  http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/eggs-benedict-on-protein-bun-and-athletes/.  Thank you for that idea, Maria!  Those came out good, but still not chewy enough.  Next I added some crushed plain pork rinds, an idea I got form Lynne Daniel at the Duke University Low Carb Support Group.  Thanks, Lynne.

Definitely this is an improvement over the original Oopsie in my opinion.  They are sturdier, slightly chewy, without the slightest interior “wetness” the original recipe always had.  I could definitely eat a hamburger or cold cut sandwich on these!  I see some sweet applications for these in my future, too.  🙂  The texture is somewhat like angel food cake to me.

Best of all, these only have .51 net carbs, as the recipe makes nine 3-4″ buns!  Oh, and these toast pretty nicely for butter or your favorite jams, but be warned, set your toaster low, as they are inclined to burn around the edges.  Keep an eye on them as they toast.  🙂  They tend to still get sticky on the top crust in the refrigerator as the inspiration recipe, but I’m working on improving that issue next.  🙂  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS: 

5 eggs separated

½ tsp. cream of tartar

½ c. pure egg white protein (No substitutions. Some grocers carry in the baking aisle. I order on-line)

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder (pure fiber from the konjac tuber)

2 T. melted butter

3 T. (½ oz.) finely crushed pork rinds

DIRECTIONS:  Grease, line with parchment or cover 2 cookie sheets with silicone sheets.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Melt the butter.  Separate the eggs into two immaculately clean medium mixing bowls.  Add the crushed pork rind flour to the yolks.  Add the melted butter and glucomannan.  Whisk together and let sit to swell/soak up moisture.  Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and with an electric mixer, beat them to the stiff peak stage.  Slowly sprinkle the egg white protein over the egg whites once they are stiff, continuing to run the mixer while you add them.  When all the egg white protein is incorporated, stop the mixer.

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the yolk mixture over the egg white mixture evenly and slowly, very gently fold the two mixtures together until they are well blended.  Do not stir roughly like cake batter or you will deflate the egg whites.  Using a ½ cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the baking sheets (they don’t spread much) and gently shape them round.  TIP: You have to use your finger to get all that batter out of the cup so they will all be uniform in size.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for 17-18  minutes. Turn off oven and let them stay in there (DOOR CLOSED!) for a few minutes to begin to cool down. Remove and finish cooling.   I found the crust on these “powdery” and off-putting when right out of the oven.  But once they were totally cool and I bagged them up for an hour, the crust developed into a nice chewy crust.  They did NOT get sticky and stick to each other in the bag like the original Oopsie rolls always did.  Yaaaaay.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes nine 3-4″ buns, each contains: (size depends on how much you spread the batter on the pan)

88 calories

5.81 g  fat,

.57 g  carbs, .06 g  fiber, .51 g  NET CARBS

4.48 g  protein

124 mg sodium

Einkorn Dinner Rolls

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I needed to bake a loaf of bread today and decided to make a double recipe and make a batch of nice dinner rolls.  GOOD DECISION!  My best dinner rolls!  Soft inside; slightly chewy crust and a marvelous flavor.  And they rose up nicer than any I’ve made before!

My husband even said these were quite good hot out of the oven with butter, and he’s hard to please low-carb wise.  These have a nice mouth feel one finds in a good traditional yeast bread.  I even included some dissolved yeast but that’s just added for flavor.

These should make very nice sliders, too.  Here’s a close-up on the smooth texture:

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it at Safeway and other stores, but I’ve not been so lucky.  Einkorn is real, ancient wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in the occasional baked goods recipes.  It brings so much texture and flavor for little carbs if used sparingly to enhance alternate flours.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS. She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented cooks to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try. Several of my own creations appear in each of the 5 volumes! Order your set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: By personal choice, I do not accept payment for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein. I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

VARIATION:   Sprinkle some of my 8-Seed Blend on tops of the rolls before baking:

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

½ c. egg white protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 T. oat fiber

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax or a mixture can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard muffin tin and set aside.    Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, add the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and stir to blend. Batter will be lumpy.  Now, using a whisk, beat until batter is smoother (about 15 times is all it should take).  Spoon batter into greased muffin tin cups 3/4 full evenly distributing the batter as best you can.  I actually used a silicone muffin pan.  Bake at 350º for around 30 minutes, but check them at 20 minutes as ovens vary. If not firm and dry to touch on tops, cook 5 or so minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, lift out with knife tip or tip onto board to finish cooling.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 dinner rolls, each contains:

123 calories

8.56 g fat

6.53 g carbs, 3.93 g fiber, 2.6 g NET CARBS

4.85 g protein

222 mg sodium

 

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

I continue to improve my Einkorn Sandwich Bun recipe in an attempt to make it whiter and to eliminate the “damp” feeling on the inside.  Suffice it to say I’m getting there.  With today’s experiment I got rid of the “slightly damp” interior that bothered my husband.  When cooled, these were not damp feeling inside (they are when hot however).  The coconut flour addition corrected that issue.

Also they are now lighter in color with the addition of a little bit of arrowroot powder.  Now I admit freely that this isn’t the lowest carb bread recipe out there folks, and clearly not suitable until you’re at or near goal weight.  But if you’re looking for a better low-carb yeast-tasting bread that is really, really good, you NEED to try this recipe. 🙂   Even my husband ate one and said he could learn to eat this bread regularly.    Not suitable until Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance of the Atkins or Keto programs when slightly higher carbs are permissible.

For hot-dog buns, roll the 5 portions of dough into 6″ “ropes” and slightly press flat on the pan before baking.

Interior view

Interior view

INGREDIENTS: 

1 tsp. dry yeast

1/3 tsp. real sugar (consumed by the yeast)

¼ c. very warm tap water

1½ c. almond flour

4 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. Einkorn flour

1 T. arrowroot powder

1 T. coconut flour

3 egg whites (I use ½ c.+1 T. carton variety)

2½ T. cider vinegar

½ c. boiling water (in addition to the warm water listed above)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Put a kettle of water on to boil.  In a small bowl dissolve the yeast, sugar and warm tap water.  Set aside while you continue.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork, add the proofed yeast mixture, stir to blend and add the mixture all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a uniform thick dough.  Now pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the top of the dough and with the fork, stir very quickly until it comes together into a uniform consistency.  Switch to a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up to form a single ball of dough.

Spread evenly in the bottom of the bowl and with your rubber spatula portion off 5 equal portions (by eyeball) of dough. Scoop up each portion and roll in your palms into a round ball.  Place each ball on a non-stick, silicone-lined or oiled baking sheet.  Press them down slightly to about 1″ thick.  They don’t spread much during cooking.

Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  Cool partially before attempting to slice or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced too hot.  Like all low-carb cakes and breads, I store these in gallon ziploc bags in the fridge. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 buns, each contains:

250 calories

17.24 g  fat

19.98 g  carbs10.12 g  fiber, 9.86 g  NET CARBS

10.46 g  protein

309 mg sodium

 

 

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve been wanting to start some experimenting with my best bread dough to date.  That is a dough inspired by Maria Emmarich’s Healthified Sub recipe (scroll down her page).  I eliminated the coconut flour and added Einkorn flour to her recipe instead. I decided today was a GOOD day for baking and here are the fruits of my labors!  Made some delicious cinnamon rolls for breakfast and even my picky husband enjoyed them!!  Not quite as good as all-flour buns, but it came in a close second!  🙂

Man, the house smelled like a bakery while these were baking!!…..you know that yeast-y smell?  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and a soft texture inside.  I squirted a cream cheese glaze  on them, but you could also spread that around more like a frosting.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got 8 cinnamon buns from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling and you will likely find one is all you can eat. I see that as a GOOD thing! built-in portion control. 🙂

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.

I order my Einkorn Flour from Jovialfoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.  It bakes up a darker final baked good than Jay Robb psyllium that Maria uses.  But I’m a tightwad and won’t spend $30+ when I can spend <$10 for something that works and tastes just fine to me.

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BASIC INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder (I used NOW brand)

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry yeast

1/8 tsp. sugar  (consumed by yeast)

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

2 T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites (I use the kind in carton: ½ c.+1 T.)

3/4 c. boiling water

CINNAMON MIX:  Mix in a small bowl the following and stir well.

1 T. ground cinnamon

2 T. granular Splenda

2 T. erythritol

Dash stevia extract

GLAZE/DRIZZLE:

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 T. melted butter

2 T. Splenda (I used granular)

3/4 tsp. vanilla

Dash stevia extract

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients (dry yeast too) in a large mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix/whisk the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork. Add boiling water and stir again. Add wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients, stirring quickly with the fork as you do so. As it begins to thicken up into a solid dough, switch to a rubber spatula and scrape down sides of bowl into the ball of dough, folding the dough several times to blend it well.  Roll dough between 2 silicone sheets or or 2 parchment sheets roughly into a rectangle that is 10 x 13″.  Gently with a knife, cut the rectangle into 8 long strips of dough without removing them from their position.  Brush strips with some water to moisten them (or butter if you’re feeling totally decadent, but water is calculated in numbers below) and sprinkle on all the cinnamon mixture as evenly as possible.  Now roll each strip into a tight, coil-like roll and set them cut side down onto a non-stick or lightly greased baking pan.   Pop pan into preheated oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  They don’t spread much but will rise quite a bit and then fall a bit when cooled.  Not to worry, this happens every time.  Drizzle glaze on tops with piping bag or sandwich bag with tiny hole cut in the corner.  If preferred, spread the glaze smooth like frosting with the back of a spoon.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 iced cinnamon rolls, each contains:

262 calories

21.6 g  fat

14.61 g  carbs, 7.9 g  fiber, 6.71 g  NET CARBS

7.48 g  protein

226 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

Tried my Peggy’s English Muffin as an Einkorn flour version to see how that would improve texture and flavor.  I also decided to add a little psyllium husk powder for elasticity and the results were amazing!  Toasted in my broiler nicer than any other toast to date.  Flavor was like real toast!  Still haven’t achieved that acidic “sour dough” flavor that store-bought English muffins have though.   I’ve never been into messing with sourdough starter and such, quite frankly, so that may never happen.  But I’m pretty happy with this muffin and may not do further experiments on it.  Peggy, who are you kidding?  I can’t quit until I reach Nirvana and this muffin just isn’t quite there yet.  But it is vastly improved over my old version linked above.  I see that as all “goodness”.   🙂  As always, if there are further tests and improvements, I’ll come back to this post and make those changes.  🙂

As with all my Einkorn experiments, they are not suitable until you are nearly or at goal weigh.  Keto dieters can have these occasionally if the day’s menu allows the carbs.  These would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo folks.  If you’re wondering, I order my Einkorn flour from Jovial foods.com.  Some people are able to buy it in local grocery stores, but I am not.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1½ T. unsalted butter

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

2 T. very hot water

3 T. almond flour

1 T. Einkorn flour (for gluten free, use 1 T. oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

1 tsp. oat fiber (for gluten-free, use oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

¼ tsp. baking powder

1½ tsp. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand from Netrition.com)

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a small bowl.  I used a 5″ oval dish.  Add the egg whites and hot water.  Add the dry ingredients in the order listed, stirring after each addition.  The mixture will be very fairly soupy at this point.  Add the psyllium husk powder last and the “batter” will now begin to thicken up.  Stir well with your fork to insure all is well-mixed.  Allow 1 full minute for the psyllium to do its job of thickening your batter.  Pop into your microwave and cook on HI for about 1 minute (should be dry to the touch in the center).  Cook a few seconds longer if still damp in the center.  Microwaves vary. Preheat your broiler.

Remove, loosen the edges with a knife tip and tip the muffin out onto a cutting board.  Cool a minute or so and then carefully slice laterally into two slices using a serrated bread knife.  Place on a metal pan and toast/brown the bottoms and then the tops in your broiler or toaster oven to your liking.  Serve hot with butter and your favorite jam.  You can also toast these in your slot toaster if you prefer, but be forewarned, I find they tend to “slump” or crumple down, even with the toaster support wires.  They then are misshapen and inclined to burn when they crumple and touch the elements of the toaster.   Your call on the toasting method. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes one muffin.  Entire recipe contains:

314 calories

26.5 g  fat

12.2 g  carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 5.1 g  NET CARBS

11.1 g  protein

354 mg sodium

Einkorn Soft Pretzels

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Einkorn Soft Pretzels

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe. I changed the water, added yeast for flavor and of course, added some Einkorn flour.  Oh, I also reduced the salt.

Man, the house smells like a bakery while these are baking…..you know that smell!  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and have a very nice texture inside, as you can see in the photo  above.  They have the mouth feel and taste of real yeast bread, perhaps a wee bit more firm and “elastic”, but not unpleasantly so.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got five 8 pretzels from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling. 🙂

It goes without saying this recipe, with a bit of flour, is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, either reduce the Einkorn flour, or I just make Maria’s bun as her recipe is written (no Einkorn flour at all), but I would still add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that adds a lovely yeast taste and aroma to these buns.   As you can see by my picture, I’m not as talented with “shaping” pretzels as some. LOL  Must work on that.  But the dough is somewhat difficult to work with.  sounds like a good excuse to me.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand; ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE  KONSYL BRAND!)

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ c. Einkorn Flour (for gluten free version, substitute either 1/4 c. certified gluten-free oat flour or  Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten Free Bake Mix)

Pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

OPTIONAL:  1 egg white to glaze tops for a sheen.  Coarse-ground sea salt (I used Himilayan Pink Sea Salt).

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a sheet pan with silicone sheet or parchment. Mix all the dry ingredients (including yeast) in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Boil water.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a thick dough.  Pour the 1 c. boiling water over the dough all at once and using the fork, stir quickly into a smooth mixture.  Now, using a rubber spatula and continue to stir quickly and fold as it thickens up.   Scoop out about 1/3 c. dough, roll on a silicone sheet into a 1/2″ “rope”.  Shape your pretzel, making two rings with a twist in the middle.  Repeat for other 7 pretzels. Place on the parchment/silicone lined pan fairly close together and pop into preheated 350º oven for a total of 45 minutes. If using egg wash, remove pan at 30 minutes cook time,  beat 1 egg white with 1 T. water and brush tops.  Sprinkle with coarse cracked salt.  Pop back into the oven and finish baking for about 15 minutes longer or until as brown as you desire.  Cool on pans before eating, as centers seem somewhat pack-y and “wet” if you don’t wait.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 pretzels, each contains:

154.4 calories

10.6 g  fat

12.6 g  carbs, 6.98 g  fiber, 5.62 g  NET CARBS

6.53 g  protein

193 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn Hotdog Buns

Einkorn Hot Dog Buns

Einkorn Hotdog Buns

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe, to which I added a bit of Einkorn Flour, added 1½ tsp. of dry yeast for flavor and reduced the salt.   Man, the house smells like a bakery while these things are baking!  I just love the smell of yeast bread baking!   These rise nearly double and have a very nice texture inside.  They have the mouth feel of real yeast bread and even my picky husband likes them!  They are simply DELICIOUS!!  I got eight hot dog buns out of this recipe.  Being made with psyllium, these are very, very filling. 🙂

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.  If you are still in Atkins Induction or the first few weeks of your Keto diet, you might want to try instead my Induction Hotdog Buns.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com but some grocery stores carry it I am told.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, you can either reduce the Einkorn flour to 2 T. or just make Maria’s recipe as it is written.  But DO add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that adds a lovely yeast-y taste to these buns. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Salt)

1½ tsp. dry yeast

pinch of real sugar (consumed by the yeast)

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork to moisten all dry ingredients.  Pour the boiling water over the dough and using the fork, stir into a smooth liquid.  Transfer to using a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up.   Portion off 8 equal portions using your spatula.  Roll each portion in your palms into an oblong hot dog shape about 5½” long and 1″ wide.  Place on a non-stick, silicone or parchment lined or oiled baking sheet.  They don’t spread much, so be sure you are shaping them the size you want right now.  Pop into preheated 350º  oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  Cool almost completely before attempting to slice these buns or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 hotdog buns, each contains:

154.37 calories

10.62 g  fat

12.6 g  carbs, 6.98 g fiber, 5.62 g NET CARBS

6.52 g  protein

193 mg sodium

 

Egg White Protein Buns

Egg Protein & Rind Buns

Egg Protein & Rind Buns

I continue to try to improve the Oopsie-style sandwich buns.  My forays into using whey protein powder in the original Oopsie recipe dried them out a bit and made them crumbly.  This time I tried adding a bit of egg white protein and some crushed pork rind “flour”, a bit of glucomannan powder and eliminated the cream cheese totally.  The egg white protein idea I got from a bun recipe I saw over on Maria Emmerich’s blog, seen here:  http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/eggs-benedict-on-protein-bun-and-athletes/.  Thank you for that idea, Maria.  I think I will use a little less egg white protein next batch in an attempt to make them a bit less chewy.  This adventure makes me want to try pea protein in these buns next time, which I have on hand.  🙂  I know some folks having some amazing results baking with pea protein.  So many types of protein to try; so little time. 🙂  Lynne Daniel at the Duke University Low Carb Support Group put me on to the idea of pork rinds in them.  Thanks, Lynne.

Definitely this is an improvement.  They are sturdier, even chewy, without the slightest interior “egg-white wetness” the original recipe always had.  I could definitely eat a hamburger or cold cut sandwich on these.  I see some sweet applications for these in my future, too.  🙂  The texture is somewhat like angel food cake to me, drier and somewhat chewier then the original Oopsie recipe, which I always found to be a little wet inside.  Best of all, these only have .51 net carbs, as the recipe makes nine 3-4″ buns!  Oh, and these toast pretty nicely for butter or your favorite jams, but be warned, set your toaster low, as they are inclined to burn around the edges.  Keep an eye on them as they toast.  🙂  They tend to still get damp on the tops in the refrigerator, but I’m working on improving that issue next.  Perhaps a pinch of psyllium will stop that sticky top problem under fridge storage.

These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, and Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS: 

5 eggs separated

½ tsp. cream of tartar

½ c. pure egg white protein (No substitutions. Some grocers carry in the baking aisle. I order on-line)

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder (pure fiber from the konjac tuber)

2 T. melted butter

3 T. (½ oz.) finely crushed pork rinds

DIRECTIONS:  Grease, line with parchment or cover 2 cookie sheets with silicone sheets.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Melt the butter.  Separate the eggs into two immaculately clean medium mixing bowls.  Add the crushed pork rind flour to the yolks.  Add the melted butter and glucomannan.  Whisk together and let sit to swell/soak up moisture.  Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and with an electric mixer, beat them to the stiff peak stage.  Slowly sprinkle the egg white protein over the egg whites once they are stiff, continuing to run the mixer while you add them.  When all the egg white protein is incorporated, stop the mixer.

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the yolk mixture over the egg white mixture evenly and slowly, very gently fold the two mixtures together until they are well blended.  Do not stir roughly like cake batter or you will deflate the egg whites.  Using a ½ cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the baking sheets (they don’t spread much) and gently shape them round.  TIP: You have to use your finger to get all that batter out of the cup so they will all be uniform in size.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for 17-18  minutes. Turn off oven and let them stay in there (DOOR CLOSED!) for a few minutes to begin to cool down. Remove and finish cooling.   I found the crust on these “powdery” and off-putting when right out of the oven.  But once they were totally cool and I bagged them up for an hour, the crust developed into a nice chewy crust.  They did NOT get sticky and stick to each other in the bag like the original Oopsie rolls always did.  Yaaaaay.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes nine 3-4″ buns, each contains: (size depends on how much you spread the batter on the pan)

88 calories

5.81 g  fat,

.57 g  carbs, .06 g  fiber, .51 g  NET CARBS

4.48 g  protein

124 mg sodium

Einkorn Sandwich Buns (or Hamburger Buns)

Einkorn Sandwich Buns

Einkorn Sandwich Buns

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe. I had tried to make that bread on a previous occasion with Konsyl psyllium.  Big mistake.  Had to toss the whole mess into the trash can, as the dough was a brick and impossible to work with.  Clearly Konsyl is a unique psyllium product, so do not use KONSYL brand of psyllium powder.

I finally ordered some NOW band Psyllium Husk Powder (I ordered from Netrition.com) to test the recipe again and did so today.  You all know I’m hopelessly addicted to tweaking recipes, so I made just a few changes.  I added a small amount of Einkorn flour.  I will probably reduce the amount next time to pull the carbs down a bit. I also added 1½ tsp. of dry yeast for flavor, reduced salt and increased the water to 1 cup.  These had way too much sodium for me as the recipe was originally written so I greatly reduced that.

Man, the house smelled like a bakery while these were baking…..you know that yeast-y smell?!  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and have a very nice texture inside, as you can see in the photos above and below.  They have the mouth feel and taste of real yeast bread, perhaps a wee bit more “elastic”, but not unpleasantly so.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got five 3″ small buns from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling. 🙂

I then turned around and made the recipe a second time, making just four larger 4″ hamburger buns.

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, either reduce the Einkorn flour, or I just make Maria’s bun as her recipe is written (no Einkirn flour at all), but I would still add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that added a lovely yeast taste and aroma to these buns. 🙂

UPDATE:  These freeze beautifully for up to 1 month.  Reheat directly on the oven grate for about 10 minutes at 350 minutes or broil,  or toast in your toaster.  The crust will get semi-crusty and chewy again. Man, these are like eating REAL BREAD!  Not sure I need to do anymore bread experimenting.  And they make OUTSTANDING hamburger buns that hold up to hot meat patties.  They do NOT fall apart while you eat your burger!!  🙂

Einkorn Hamburger Buns

Einkorn Hamburger Buns

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder (I used NOW brand; DO NOT USE  KONSYL BRAND!)

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Salt)

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ c. Einkorn Flour (I order from Jovialfoods.com)

Pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a thick dough.  Pour the boiling water over the dough and using the fork, stir into a smooth liquid.  Transfer to using a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up.   Portion off 5 equal portions (using your spatula) in the bowl (mark off only 4 portions if making the larger hamburger buns).  Roll each portion in your palms into a round ball.  Place on non-stick, silicone lined or oiled baking sheet.  Press them down to about 1″ thick.  They don’t spread much, so be sure you are shaping them the size you want right now.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  Cool partially before attempting to slice or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced too hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: 

Makes five 3″ sandwich buns, each contains: 247 calories, 17 g fat, 20.16 g carbs, 11.18 g fiber, 8.98 g NET CARBS, 10.46 g  protein, 308 mg sodium

Makes four 4″ hamburger buns, each contains:  309 calories, 21.2 g fat, 25.2 g carbs, 13.97 g fiber, 11.23 g NET CARBS, 13.1 g  protein, 385 mg sodium

 

 

 

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Slider Buns

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Gluten-Free Slider Buns

I made my popular Gluten-Free Grain-Free Focaccia Bread recipe again tonight as slider buns.  I used my whoopie pie pan to make them.  The batter made exactly 16 little pieces, so you will get eight 2-pc buns out of this batter.  These are not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL.  They are not suitable for Primal-Paleo.  Paired with  leftover meatloaf or small meat patties , these make a delightful lunch.  In addition, they are good eaten at room temperature, so they make a marvelous picnic option, school lunch option or tail-gate treats for football season.

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Meatloaf Sliders

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. lukewarm water

1 tsp. dry yeast (only for flavor)

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 eggs beaten

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. cream

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1½ c. Monterey Jack Cheese (or mozarella, or a mixture of the two)

Note:  If you’re NOT gluten-free, I highly recommend adding 1 T. oat fiber for a more “flour-y” flavor

DIRECTIONS:   Lightly oil a whoopie pie pan (or muffin top pan) and set aside.  You can use muffin pans, but you’ll need to evenly place the batter into 16 slots.   Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in a medium glass bowl in the microwave on defrost.  In a little dish, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  When the cream cheese is soft, add the beaten eggs and almond flour.  Beat with a spoon until smooth.  Add dissolved yeast, cream and cider vinegar.  Stir to blend.  Fold in the cheese.

Measure all dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.  Stir and fold the batter with a rubber spatula until it is smooth and well-blended. Using a 2-Tbsp. measuring cup, Scoop a scant (not quite 2 T. batter) into each slot of the pan.  Slots will be nearly filled up.  I had exactly enough batter to make sixteen 2½” wide pieces.  With only 1 pan that has 12 slots, I had to bake these in two batches.  Pop the pan into preheated 350º oven for about 15-16 minutes or until dry to the touch in the center.  Do not over brown these or they get really dry.  Place 2 oz. leftover meatloaf or a small 2 oz. grilled burger patty between 2 buns for a slider that will really please.  The buns are so filling probably 1 of these sliders will satisfy most adults.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 16 pieces or eight 2-pc. slider buns.  Each 2-pc bun contains, (not including any fillings):

194 calories

15.6 g  fat

6.65 g  carbs, 5.07 g  fiber, 1.58 g  NET CARBS

11.7 g  protein

291 mg sodium

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns

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I think these are my best low-carb hamburger buns yet!  They are very neutral in flavor and will definitely not drown out the lovely flavor of your charcoal-grilled burgers like many low-carb breads will.   They are so sturdy not a single crumb or piece fell off my burger, despite the heat of the meat patty.   But they achieve this sturdiness NOT at the price of “moist”.  They are not the slightest bit  “dry” or difficult to swallow.  Tasted like I was eating a REAL and very SOFT hamburger bun!

For those familiar with my Gluten-Free Grain Free Focaccia Bread recipe, that’s what these are made with.

SPECIAL NOTE:  For bigger buns (shown above), make a double batch of batter (which doubles the carbs to 3.06 per larger bun).  

These buns are not suitable for Atkins Induction, but are acceptable once you get to Phase 2 OWL nuts and seeds level.  They are also suitable for Ketogenic diets and Primal folks if dairy is occasionally consumed.  These buns are not suitable for a Paleo lifestyle.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein

1 tsp. baking powder

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3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1½ c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor only)

Poppy or Sesame seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Grease your metal molds well with oil.

I actually baked my buns in empty 13-oz cans (top and bottoms removed) that cooked chicken breast meat comes in.  Those cans are the perfect diameter and I have saved 8 of these over the past year so I would have them for this purpose.  They don’t appear to be lined, so I think it’s OK to bake in them.  After baking these, I located some mini cake pans that are just the right shape for making my hamburger buns in future.  A large round metal cookie cutter would work, too. Muffin-top pans would be OK I suppose, but will make smaller buns.  You can even free-hand shape them on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet.  But be warned, they will spread out as they cook and you may be unhappy with their final shape.

Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. batter and fill your molds, spreading the batter evenly with the back of a spoon.  Batter will be about ½” thick in the molds and there should be enough batter for 7 buns. Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds if desired.  Pop buns into a 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes.  Slide knife around edges of buns to loosen and carefully remove them to a cooling rack or cutting board. When totally cool, slice them laterally and they are ready to use for your grilled burgers or other sandwiches.  Store any leftover in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  Please note these buns boast some impressive nutritional stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes seven buns you then slice laterally to create a “top” and “bottom” of your bun. Each 2-part hamburger bun contains: (doesn’t include sesame or poppy seeds if you use them)

197 cals., 16g  fat, 3.5g  carbs, 1.97g  fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 12.7g  protein, 288 mg sodium

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Sandwich Buns

Gluten-Free Sandwich Buns

Gluten-Free Sandwich Buns

When you’re no longer eating wheat flour it makes it difficult to eat a normal sandwich.  I find I don’t want lettuce wraps ALL the time.  🙂  This sandwich bun is so tasty it has become my go-to low-carb bread.  I’m most pleased with this recipe and am finding the batter very versatile.  I’m getting a lot of happy feedback from my readers on this one, too!  This is actually just my Gluten-Free Grain Free Focaccia Bread batter made into a bun shape.  This bread has a very neutral flavor, a nice elasticity, nice top and bottom crust, and is not crumbly.  I enjoyed a piece hot from the oven with butter and it was amazing!  It makes GREAT sandwiches! No strong flax taste to drown out the sandwich filling!  Very neutral in flavor.  You can also make pizza crust from this batter.  🙂  This recipe is suitable once you reach Phase 2 OWL of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. unflavored, unsweetened whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1 c. grated Monterrey Jack cheese

½ c. grated Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

OPTIONAL:  Spices of your choosing (or cinnamon/sweetener, for a sweet version) sprinkled on top before baking.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar and both cheeses.  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Line a sheet pan either with parchment paper or silicone sheet.  Dip the batter onto the prepared pan in 9 equal piles (I used a ¼ c. measuring cup).  Spread it out into round bun shapes as evenly as possible with your rubber spatula or the back or a spoon.  Batter will be about ¼” thick.  Sprinkle on spices if using any.  Pop buns into 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes.  When totally cool, store in plastic bag in refrigerator.  Slice each into a top and bottom for your buns.  These keep about 2 weeks or a little longer as a rule.  Can be frozen up to 1 month or so.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 bi-valve buns, each contains:  These can be sliced laterally to form the thinner slices of bread for toasting and other uses, but the numbers below are for 1 whole sandwich bun (top and bottom).

149 calories

11.5 g  fat

3.5 g  carbs, 2.1 g  fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS

10.1 g  protein

204 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

Individual White Bread

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Individual White Bread

When it comes to the commercial sliced white bread we all ate growing up, I’m getting real close to that texture and neutral flavor with this recipe.  I made an outstanding tuna sandwich today and didn’t have to suffer the taste of flax!  This “white bread” version has a much softer texture than my darker version.  This bread is not the slightest bit crumbly, thanks to the chia gel.

This quick bread is suitable for all those who have reached the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder and for Keto followers.  With the whey protein, this is not suitable for Primal-Paleo followers.

You can get chia seeds at most health food stores, Whole Foods, probably Trader Joe’s, and also order them from a variety of on-line sources, including Netrition.com and most on-line pharmacies.  I always grind the seeds in a blender or coffee grinder so they will be less visible in my baked goods and dessert recipes.

CHIA GEL RECIPE:  In a small lidded jar mix 1 T. ground chia with 9 T. water.  Screw lid on and shake it up every 3-5 minutes or so until it gels up (about 10 minutes  total).  Any leftover gel will keep in the refrigerator for about a week for making more bread or chia puddings/shakes.

This bread is more suited to sandwich making, as it doesn’t toast any better than most non-flour breads do. It will brown nicely and firm up enough for spreading your jam on, but it’s never going to get that crunchiness or toasted grain taste we all love without real flour.  🙂  Just not gonna happen.  No big surprise there.

Added note:  I cooked this in a conventional 350º oven today just to see how that would work.  I quadrupled the recipe and cooked the batter in a small 7½ x 11½ parchment-lined pan to make 4 servings (8 thinner slices).  It cooked in 18 minutes, but I don’t think I care for the results.  It looks and tastes different cooked that way.  This recipe is best suited to microwaving, followed if desired, by light browning in a broiler or toaster.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 large egg, beaten

1 tsp. olive oil

½ T. chia gel (made by the recipe above)

1½ T. water

pinch salt

2 T. whey protein powder, unflavored, unsweetened

¼ c. almond flour

½ tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:  In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg, olive oil, chia gel and water together until smooth.  Measure the dry ingredients on top and stir to blend well.  Pour into square baking dish that is at least 1″ deep.  Microwave on HI for 1 minute.  Center will be dry to the touch when it is done.  Cook few seconds longer if needed.  Tip out onto cutting board and cool a few minutes.   Slice laterally as evenly as possible into two thinner slices and enjoy any way you would normally use sliced white bread!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 slices.  Entire recipe contains:

358 calories

26.4 g  fat

8.1 g  carbs, 3.3 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS (both slices!)

32.4 g  protein

454 mg sodium

Individual Dark Bread

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Individual Dark Bread (with caraway seed for rye version)

I’ve been experimenting with a dark bread recipe all day.  My inspiration was a 2-Carb Bun recipe of Centaura57 (on ActiveLowCarber forums).  After 4 attempts, and some tweaks, I have gotten a result I’m really pleased with.  Great texture, good elasticity, not crumbly, not bitter with flax taste, and quite moist.  I’m just not too fond of any of the flax breads I’ve made to date.  Usually have to FORCE myself to finish a sandwich made with them, as the flax flavor overpowers what’s IN the sandwich.   Not so with THIS bread.  I scarfed down the tuna sandwich pictured above with no problem at all.  And chia is very filling, so this sandwich will “stay with you” longer than many.

MY CHIA GEL RECIPE:  In a small lidded jar mix 1 T. ground chia with 9 T. water.  Screw lid on and shake it up every 3-5 minutes or so until it gels up (about 10 minutes  total).  Any leftover gel will keep in the refrigerator for about a week for making more bread or chia puddings/shakes.

Given the tiny amount of chia seeds in this, 2/9 of 1 T., I wouldn’t think this bread would be a problem for people still on Atkins on Induction.  This is also suitable for Keto, Paleo and Primal diners.  My thanks to Centaura57 for giving me the idea for this bread.  I’ll be making often!  This bread also stands up to sandwich content moisture well!

If  sliced laterally and toasted first, this makes a pretty nice quickie pizza crust for a sausage/mushroom/pepper topped pizza I made, pictured below.  Sliced, buttered and sprinkled with Parmesan and Italian spices, it also makes a quick little piece of garlic toast or bread sticks!  It’s also great right out of the oven and eaten buttered like a dinner roll!  You could even cook it in roll shapes, if you have microwaveable dish with those shapes.  I have some individual silicone cups great for making MW rolls.

OVEN BAKING- For anyone interested, one of my readers reports that this bakes up nicely in a conventional oven if you quadruple the recipe, bake in a greased loaf pan 25-30 minutes at 350º.  I have not tested this method personally.

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INGREDIENTS: 

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1 large egg, beaten

1 tsp. olive oil

½ T. chia gel (mixed by the recipe above in blue 1:9)

1 T. water

2 T. whey protein powder, unflavored, unsweetened

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ c. flax meal (I use half golden flax and half dark flax or all dark for the rye version)

VARIATION:  Caraway seed will make this taste like rye bread.  Onion powder is also good in this. If making dinner rolls, add a little of BOTH!  🙂

DIRECTIONS:  In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg.  Add oil, chia gel and water, stirring well.    Add remaining ingredients in order listed.  With rubber spatula, scrape batter into a flat microwave dish about the size of a slice of bread. Be sure it is 1″ deep to avoid overflow during baking.  Microwave on HI for 1 minute.  Since microwaves vary (I use a 1200 watt unit), you might check at 1 minute and then add more time if center is still wet.  Cool and gently tip onto cutting board.  Slice laterally into two thinner slices for a delicious sandwich.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 serving of 2 slices.  Entire recipe contains:

304 calories

22.8 g  fat

9.19 g  carbs, 7.8 g  fiber, 1.39 g  NET CARBS

21.5 g  protein

278 mg sodium

375 mg potassium

10% RDA Vitamin A, 13% B6, 27% b12, 16% calcium, 46% copper, 38% iron, 36% magnesium, 41% manganese, 73% phosphorous, 42% selenium, 47% thiamin and 22% zinc.

Seeded Dinner Rolls

Seeded Dinner Rolls

Seeded Dinner Rolls

I whipped up a batch of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread batter and made them up into seeded dinner rolls.  I simply baked topped with a delicious seed/spice mixture in a square muffin pan.  The wells in my non-stick pan are 3/4″ deep.  These light fluffy rolls came out very flavorful.  I topped mine with my 8-Seed version of Victoria Gourmet’s 7-Seed Crust spice blend:  http://www.vgourmet.com/7-Seed-Crust/p/VIC-00143&c=VictoriaGourmet@SeasoningBlends plus a few nigella seeds and sometimes I’ll even add a few sunflower seeds on top (just because I love them on bread/rolls/crackers).  I don’t like to use paper liners with high-egg content breads as they just won’t get that tasty brown bottom crust when you do.  Therefore I have to gently coax these out of the pan with the help of a knife tip after a bit of cooling, to prevent tearing up the bottoms.  You could also just drop these by heaping spoonfuls (20 mounds) onto a non-stick baking sheet to achieve a biscuit appearance, as the inside texture is very similar to a biscuit.  These are not suitable until the grains rung of OWL due to the flour products in the Carbquick.  Even on the Victoria Gourmet website, I was unable to get nutritional info for the spice blend I used, so I calculated .1 gram of each the carbier spices/seeds listed in the ingredients on my bottle.  You’re probably not even getting that much really, considering you divide that into 20 portions.

These would also make lovely little finger sandwiches with your favorite meats spreads for parties, luncheons, and a variety of special social gatherings!  I just made the best mini-BLT’s for my lunch with two of these. Lots of possibilities!

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INGREDIENTS: 

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs, beaten

1 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-very-excited-to-unveil-my-splendid.html

½ c. Carbquick bake mix (substitute ½ c. more Jennifer’s mix for gluten-free version)

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

approximately 1 T. seed/spice mix of your choosing (I use my 8-Seed Spice Blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil the cups of a non-stick square or round muffin pan.  Soften cream cheese in medium bowl and beat the eggs in until fairly smooth.  Add in all dry ingredients and stir until well blended.  Using a 2T. measuring cup, dip batter (rounded in the cup) into the muffin cups.  Batter is real thick, a bit sticky,  and you will have to scoop the batter out with your finger.  There should be enough batter for about 20 rolls and nutritional stats below are calculated on that number.  I took a round butter knife and tried to spread batter evenly into the cups.  Pop into 350º oven and bake about 20-22 minutes.   Check at 20 since ovens vary.  You don’t want to overly brown these or they will dry out.  Remove and cool a bit before gently coaxing them out of the pan with the help of a knife.  If the first one tears up a bit on the bottom, wait a little longer before removing the rest.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 20 rolls, each contains:

86.75 calories

7.59 g  fat

3.68 g  carbs, 1.96 g  fiber, 1.72 g NET CARBS

5.37 g  protein

141 mg sodium

Italian Herb Bread

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Italian Herb Bread

I modified Jamie Van Eaton’s recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust  and came up with a nice little Italian bread that I think would be a great compliment to any Italian dinner. It has a slightly breadier texture if allowed to cool a bit before buttering and eating.  If eaten hot right out of the oven, it’s a little too spongy/eggy for my liking. But as it cools, it takes on a breadier texture.  This bread doesn’t rise very much, so it’s easiest to just spread the butter on top of the flat pieces of bread, rather than attempting to slice it.  I may leave the parsley out next time as I could not really taste it much.

I’m very pleased with this result.  The flavor was quite nice.  Since the oat fiber is basically a carb wash at 26 g carbs and 26g fiber per 1/3 cup, I would think you could try this at any rung of OWL unless you find you do not tolerate even this tiny amount of oat fiber without setting off cravings.  I’ve been cooking with it for a year now and have not found that to happen after eating anything with a bit of it included.

Next time I’m going to try this as a plain cheddar cheese bread (without herbs)! 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. riced, steamed cauliflower

2 small eggs

1½ c. mozzarella, grated

1 T. Parmesan cheese

1½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. chopped parsley

¼ tsp. oregano

Sprinkle each garlic and onion powder

2 T. heavy cream

3 T. golden flax meal

2 T. oat fiber (substitute 2 T. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for gluten free version)

1 T. olive oil for oiling muffin cups

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using grater or food processor, rice cauliflower until fine and scrap into into a medium bowl.  Microwave (covered) on HI for 3 minutes, stopping and stirring after each minute.   Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to the warm cauliflower.  Beat in the eggs.  Add all remaining ingredients except the olive oil.  Stir well to blend ingredients.  Oil 12 muffin cups and scoop about 2T. batter into each muffin cup.  Repeat with any remaining batter to distribute amongst the 12 muffins.  Pop into 350º oven and bake about 25 minutes or until nicely browned.  Cool a few minutes before removing from pan and serve warm with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 12 rolls/servings, each contains:

81.5 calories

5.81 g  fat

3.1 g  carbs, 1.92 g  fiber, 1.28 g  NET CARBS

5.41 g  protein

217 mg sodium

 

Oopsie Hotdog Buns (or Hoagie Rolls)

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Oopsie Hotdog Buns

I took my sandwich bun recipe and made it up as hotdog buns today, just to see if I could do it.  They came out very nice!  The recipe will either make around 10 hoagie size halves (5 hoagie rolls) or 16-18 hotdog bun halves (8-9 hotdog buns).  As you might guess, the key is in the strip of batter’s width and length.    For hoagie rolls, make the band of batter about 7″ long and 1½” wide (they spread a bit during cooking).  For hot dog buns, make the band of batter about 5″ long and only about 1″ wide.  I make mine a tad too wide so this batch may get mostly used for hoagie sandwiches.  I forgot they spread a bit in both width and length during cooking.  But the specifications I just gave for the band of batter you want to shoot for will be just about right.  Since I can’t know how many YOU will get out of your batter, I will provide the nutritional info for the entire batch of batter and you’ll have to divide each stat by the number of “halves” you get when you make these.  I can tell you the entire recipe has only 5.5 net carbs, so these can be enjoyed often, as the carb count will be very low even if you do this recipe as 10-11 hoagie rolls!  🙂

Having the eggs at room temperature will slightly increase egg white volume for this recipe, but it’s not absolutely necessary. What is absolutely essential when beating egg whites is that no speck of yolk (or anything) contaminate them. This contamination issue goes even further, in that there must be no speck of contamination in/on the bowl you beat them in either. The slightest speck of something transferring from your fingers/hands to that bowl, or a bowl that wasn’t washed and dried properly will stop the whites from whipping. Sadly, you just have to start over with fresh, clean bowl and whites when they refuse to whip stiff due to possible contamination.   Another note:  be sure you’ve added the other ingredients to the yolks before attempting to fold in the whites. Beaten egg whites fold into a thicker mixture easier/better than into thinner one without settling issues.

If you are at or near goal weight, you might also like to try my Einkorn Hotdog Buns.  They are acyually much, much better.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, separated

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

2 drops liquid Splenda (or ¼ packet)

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. golden flax meal

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 300º.   With two clean and dry bowls in front of you, separate the eggs, whites into one bowl, yolks into another.  Be very careful not get any yolk in the whites bowl.   Start with the egg yolk bowl and add in the softened cream cheese and flax meal and stir with a spoon until fairly smooth.  Set that aside to “sit” while you tackle beating your egg whites.

Add cream of tartar to egg whites and with an electric mixer and perfectly clean and dry beaters, whip the egg whites until VERY stiff.  Many say they can’t get these the Revo Rolls recipe to come out right, saying they spread all over the pan.  If you don’t beat the egg whites until they form a totally erect peak (tip of peak does NOT fall over when you lift the beater out of the bowl and they are starting to appear almost dry on the surface), they’re not stiff enough yet!

Now using the electric mixer, beat the egg yolk mixture for 1 minute to be sure it is smooth.  Scrape your egg whites onto the egg yolk mixture and with a rubber spatula, gently fold the two together until well blended and there are no clumps of egg white. Try not to overwork the batter, which could deflate the egg whites.  Be sure to get your rubber spatula all the way to the bottom of the bowl as you fold yolk mixture upwards and over the egg whites to incorporate the two into a smooth batter.  Using the edge of the rubber spatula, dip the batter onto non-stick (or greased) baking pans into oblong bands of batter.  Gently shape if batter sprawls as you work.    Bake at 300º for 25 minutes.  Then raise heat to 350º and bake 4 more minutes or until they are as brown as you like your buns.  Partially cool on pans before trying to remove.  When cool, store any leftovers in plastic bag in refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes approximately 5 hoagie rolls (10 pieces) or 8 hot dog buns (16 pieces). But since your size will impact the per piece numbers, I’ll provide numbers for the Entire recipe and let you calculate based on how many pieces your get.

ENTIRE RECIPE:

735 calories

61.5 g  fat

12.2 g  carbs, 7.8 g  fiber, 4,4 g  NET CARBS

36.8 g  protein

577 mg sodium

811 mg potassium

Pumpernickel “Rye” Bread

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Pumpernickel Rye Bread

These were super tasty hot from the oven with butter.  Was originally going to slice it as for a sandwich.  But decided to cut into triangles and butter like rolls.  Next time I’m going to do these in my round or square muffin pan!  Will post a new pic when I do.  If you don’t like rye bread, just leave out the caraway seed and you have plain Pumpernickel!  This recipe is not suitable technically until the grains rung of OWL.  But oat fiber has 26 g. carbs per 1/3 cup and 26g. fiber, so even with nutrition info rounding, it’s <1g. of carbs per 1/3 c.  And I use very little in a recipe.  The amount per serving is often miniscule, in fact.  As a virtual wash on carbs, I doubt you would have to wait until the grains rung of OWL to try these.  But test and see if it starts cravings or causes gains.  It hasn’t for me.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. + 1 T. DARK flax meal

1 T. melted butter

2 T. sour cream

1 egg

½ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber

½ tsp. caraway seed

1 square (14.3 g) 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate (or 90% Lindt chocolate)

1 T. brewed coffee

½ tsp. freeze-dried coffee crystals (optional, but enhances flavor)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt chocolate and butter in microwave.  Place in food processor.  Dissolve coffee crystals in the brewed coffee and add. Add sour cream and beaten egg.and pulse to blend.  Add all dry ingredients and pulse a few times to mix.  Either dip into 4 greased ramekins, 4 microwave safe muffin cups  or if using as sliced bread, dip batter into square or round small glass baking dish container.  Cook on HI for 1 minute 10 seconds or until center is dry to the touch.   Cool a moment and tip out onto cutting board.  Slice laterally if using for a sandwich.   Serve hot rolls  at once with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  If using for a single sandwich, the whole recipe is a serving and has 690 calories, 63.5 g fat, 20.1 carbs, 13.5 g  fiber, 6.6 g net carbs, 20.9 g protein.  To lower the counts, use only half the recipe for each sandwich and shape/slice accordingly.

If using as dinner rolls, this recipe makes 4 small rolls, each contains 172.5 calories, 16 g fat, 5.03 g carbs, 3.38 g fiber, 2.65 g NET CARBS, 5.23 g  protein

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich everyone already knows how to make!  So why in the heck would I be posting a “recipe” for a grilled cheese sandwich!!!?  Well…………sadly, most low-carb breads made with alternate flours simply do not toast well.  They just won’t get (or stay) toasty!!!  😦

This bread recipe I’ve developed is particularly suited for grilling as it toasts up better  than any other low-carb bread I’ve tried in 7 years of low-carbing and bread experimenting. Not sure which ingredient is facilitating that quality, likely the oat fiber, but am VERY glad whatever, it seems to work!  The fruits of your labor here are an amazingly toasty grilled cheese sandwich reminiscent of the ones you grew up on.  Don’t go off on me on my nutritional numbers.  I have rechecked them twice since original posting and they ARE correct.  We just have to accept it folks, grilled cheese sandwiches are high in calories!!  I mean it IS cheese and butter and bread.  Pray tell, how could it NOT be high in calories?  Go do the math on MFP or Fitday and you’ll see my numbers are right here.  🙂

You can bake this in any microwaveable square container.  I have a plastic one, but usually use my square glass dish.  I have not tried baking this bread in a conventional oven, but suspect it would need 350º for around 10-15 minutes or so.  One recipe can be sliced laterally into two thinner slices after cooling and that is what is shown to create 1 sandwich in the pic above. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo lifestyles.

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. + 1T. flax meal, preferably golden flax meal

1 T. butter + 1T more for grilling final sandwich

2 T. sour cream

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber (omit for gluten-free)

Pinch salt

1 slice American Deluxe cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Melt 1 T. of the butter in microwave in a small mixing bowl.  Add beaten egg and sour cream. Add all dry ingredients and stir well.  Dip or scrape batter into a 5″ square microwaveable container and microwave on HI for 70 seconds or until dry to touch in center. Cool a minute and tip out onto cutting board.  Laterally slice as evenly as possible with a long knife.  Melt a little butter on non-stick griddle and baste one side of each slice of bread.  Place one slice on griddle, buttered side down.  Add 1 slice of your preferred cheese (I use American or Swiss) and top with second slice of bread, buttered side up.  Brown well on both sides.  The browner it is the crisper it will get.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 sandwich which contains:

617 calories

56.1 g  fat

17.7 g  carbs, 13.2 g  fiber, 4.5 g NET CARBS

19 g  protein

756 mg sodium

 

English Muffin

English Muffin

This is my lowest carb English muffin experiment to date.  It sure toasts nicely and psychologically allows me to feel like I’m having an English muffin.  The flavor is nice, especially with jam.  I tried to take my picture so you could see the inside texture well.  The air bubbles brought about with the addition of baking powder really do facilitate crisper toasting and promote the resemblance of a flour-based English muffin, I think.  These would not be suitable until the OWL phase of Atkins since they have almond flour.  **For you recipe tweakers…….do not substitute coconut flour in this recipe.  I did one that way and it was hard as a rock, didn’t toast so well, and not very good flavor-wise either.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. melted butter, unsalted

1 large egg, beaten

pinch salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 T. almond flour or meal

1 tsp. oat fiber   (Available at Netrition.com.  Substitutions will result in higher carbs; omitting will render a different texture muffin)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. psyllium husk powder

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in microwave in a small round bowl.  I used a 4″ ceramic ramekin.    Beat in the egg until smooth.  Add dry ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Microwave on HI for 2 minutes.  Tip muffin out onto cutting board and carefully slice in half laterally.  Toast to desired brownness and butter or serve with your favorite no-sugar jam or fruit topping.  My picture is shown with sugar-free blackberry jam.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 English muffin which contains:

294 calories

27 g  fat

7.4 g   carbs, 4.6 g fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS

10.9 g  protein

217 mg sodium

Sesame Seed Sandwich Buns

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These buns make great sandwiches.  It takes two, but the count is so low, you can definitely fit these into your daily nutrient limits.  These are Induction friendly.

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe Peggy’s Sandwich Buns:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/peggys-sandwich-buns/

½ tsp. sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS: Make the sandwich buns according to that recipe. When they are formed onto the greased pan, sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake at 300º for 25-35 minutes (ovens vary).  Remove when they just begin to brown and feel done in center.  I don’t over brown because leftovers must be heated/toasted when used and  I don’t want to dry them out or over brown during the re-warming.  Here’s what one looks like after toasting/browning further:

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NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 rolls, each contains:

96 calories

7.8 g  fat

1.7 g  carbs, 1.1 g  fiber, .62 g  NET CARBS

5.58 g  protein

66 mg sodium

37% RDA Vitamin B12, 19% copper, 23% iron, 18% phosphorous, 20% riboflavin, 19% selenium, 13% zinc

Poppy Seed Sandwich Buns

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe Peggy’s Sandwich Buns: https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/peggys-sandwich-buns/

½ tsp. (or less) poppy seeds

DIRECTIONS:  Make the sandwich buns as instructed in that recipe.  When you have them shaped on the greased pan, sprinkle with poppy seeds to your liking.  Bake as the bun recipe instructs, 300º for 25-35 minutes (ovens vary).  Don’t over brown, as the toasting/reheating may dry them out too bad if you do.  Some uses will be visually more appealing if you toast the top bun to brown it nicely.  🙂  Store unused rolls in a bag in the refrigerator.   Will keep a week or a little longer.

NUTRITIONAL INFO :  Makes 8 rolls, each containing:

94 calories

7.66 g  fat

1.6 g  carbs, 1 g  fiber, .6 g  NET CARBS

5.5 g  protein

66 mg sodium

37 % RDA Vitamin B12, 18% copper, 22% iron, 17% phosphorous, 20% riboflavin, 14% selenium, 14% zinc

Cheese Bread

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The amazing Oopsie or Revolution (Revo) Rolls can be varied with many additives.  I put a little flax meal in mine for the added fiber as well as giving them a bit more bread-like texture.  I like to put cheddar cheese on top for a low-carb version of cheese bread I’ve always loved.   If you’re not too sodium sensitive, you may want to put even more cheese on these.  You might even like to fold some right into the batter as well as putting it on top as I do.  This recipe is OK for Induction.

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe of my Sandwich Buns:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/peggys-sandwich-buns/

4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:  Make rolls as instructed.  When the formed blobs of batter are placed onto the greased pan, Spread them out just a bit to make them the size of a traditional hamburger bun.  Sprinkle ½ oz. cheese on each roll.  Bake as instructed in roll recipe.  Enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 pieces, each one contains:

144 calories

11.6 g  fat

2.28 g  carbs, .98 g  fiber, 1.3 g  NET CARBS

8.4 g  protein

218 mg sodium

44% RDA Vitamin B12, 19% copper, 24% iron, 27% phosphorous, 26% riboflavin, 22% selenium, 19% zinc and 244 mg potassium

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

These little rolls are a variation on a Paleo Flax Bread recipe I saw somewhere on the net.  They came out quite light and tasty.  They are very nice with butter.  These are not suitable until you get to the Atkins OWL nuts and seeds level of the carb re-introduction ladder.  This batter can be baked as a single loaf as well, but allow longer (about 30 minutes) for baking time if you do.  I found they were good at room temperature, sliced and used to make min- sandwiches and sliders, too!

VARIATION:  Omit rosemary & onion powder and instead use dill weed or seed along with lightly toasted minced dehydrated onion.  Or use any other favorite seasoning blend.  Be CREATIVE!!  🙂

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

1 c. + 2 T. flax meal (use golden flax for the lightest roll)

¼ tsp. salt

2½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. crushed dried rosemary (or 1½ T. fresh, chopped fine)

4 eggs, beaten

¾-1 c. water

4 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Grease loaf pan or muffin pan with some olive oil.  Beat the eggs, 4 T. olive oil and 1/2 c. of the water in a large mixing bowl.  Measure all dry ingredients on top of the egg mixture and stir/beat well.  Batter will be quite stiff.   Gradually add more water in small increments and beat after each addition until batter is smooth/soft enough to be spooned into muffin pans.  I used a square muffin pan making these.  You want it fairly thick!  Spoon into muffin cups nearly full, as these don’t rise too much. I actually used a square muffin pan, with 1″ deep wells.

Optional:  Before baking, sprinkle a few poppy seeds or crushed minced onion on top.

Pop into 350º oven for about 20 minutes (30-40 minutes for a single loaf of bread).  Cool slightly before attempting to remove them from the pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 loaf cut into 12 slices or 12 dinner rolls, each roll/slice contains:

154 calories

12.8 g  fat

5.83 g carbs, 4.43 g fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS

5.71 g protein

83 mg sodium

 

Quick Bread

 

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I wanted a BLT for lunch today and didn’t have the right kind of bread made up.  So I took this English muffin recipe on Linda’s site:  http://genaw.com/lowcarb/lc_english_muffin.html and modified it a bit.  The result was a pretty good quick sandwich bread with good flavor and texture.   I baked it in a 6″ quiche dish, as I don’t own a small enough square pan.  I’ve been meaning to get one and this recipe may just drive me to go on and do that.  🙂    But round worked OK for my BLT. This is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL. I now keep a batch of Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix made up in my pantry.  Made in muffin cups, I would think this batter would make a nice small batch of 4 smaller versions for sausage biscuits perhaps.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1 egg, beaten

1 T. olive oil

3 T. water

1/3 c. CarbQuick bake mix

2 T. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-very-excited-to-unveil-my-splendid.html

2 T. golden flax meal

¼ tsp. Splenda, granular (or equivalent)

3/4 tsp.  baking powder

DIRECTIONS:  Beat the egg in the dish you will bake this in.  I used a 6″ ceramic quiche pan.  Add the water and olive oil and stir again. Next add all dry ingredients and stir vigorously until smooth throughout.  Microwave on HI for about 90 seconds or until center is dry and done.  Remove and cool slightly.  Note, it won’t be browned at all.

Carefully tip/lift out of dish using a knife tip or spatula.  Toast either under a broiler (on both sides), or if it will fit, in your regular toaster.    Butter and jam it up as is for a biscuit  like flavor.  Slice laterally after toasting for sandwiches.   Slice before toasting if enjoying as morning toast.  For scone applications with added fruit bits, cut into wedges and toast without slicing laterally.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

192 calories

18 g  fat

13.2 g  carbs, 9.95 g  fiber, 3.25 g  NET CARBS

10.9 g protein

411 mg sodium

13% RDA Vitamin B12, 15% calcium, 13% copper, 18% iron, 18% phosphorous and 16% riboflavin

Low-Carb Garlic Bread

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Yet another way to enjoy the well-known Revolution (Revo or Oopsie) Rolls.  This was very good with my broiled shrimp and salad last night and very psychologically satisfying, as I had been missing garlic bread for some time.  Now I can have some with my Italian food while still on Induction and until I can use better low-carb bread recipes for my garlic bread.  This spice mixture can be used on other low-carb breads, but the nutritional counts for any other bread will likely be higher and you will have to recalculate with the numbers for the particular bread you use.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Revo Rolls: https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/peggys-sandwich-buns/

1 T. unsalted butter, softened

1 clove minced garlic

Pinch each oregano, onion powder, crushed rosemary

1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS: Place Revo Rolls on broiling pan (preferably on a wire rack).  Mix minced garlic and soft butter together in dish and let stand for 10-15 minutes.  Spread half the butter on each roll.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and spices.  Broil until lightly toasted.  Cool 1-2 minutes to firm up.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each with:

145 calories

13 g  fat

1.25 g  carbs

.1 g  fiber

1.15 NET CARBS

5.5 g  protein

13 mg sodium

Peggy’s Sandwich Buns

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Oopsie Sandwich Buns

I was determined to come up with a good hamburger bun.  I began with the low-carb Revolution Roll recipe and modified it a bit to come up with these.  Texture on these is much more like real hamburger buns (less eggy than original Revo Rolls; didn’t fall  apart while eating).  They rise beautifully in the oven, then fall a bit when cooled, but hey……it’s egg whites, folks.  Ya gotta expect that.  But they still had a uniform 1/2″  inch thickness even after falling, making two of them just perfect for hamburger buns.  This recipes is OK for Induction, too!  My addition of flax meal really makes them very filling, as well!

I was in cruise control, having made Revo Rolls so many times, and reflexively formed 6 rolls onto one pan without thinking.  The added ingredients increased the quantity of batter by enough to make two more rolls next time.  As the buns I made were indeed too large for my rather large 5.25 oz. meat patties  I had to pinch off a bit around the edges.  So I think it best to do 8 rolls from this amount of batter in future.   Nutritional info reflects this.  I use two of these to make a whole bun as these are too thin to slice in my opinion.  So this recipe will makes just 4 whole burger buns.  Store leftovers in the fridge, where they easily keep a week.  Toasted lightly these are nice for tuna sandwiches or mock “French Toast” with sugar-free maple syrup on top.  I’ve even broken them up into Chicken and Dumpling broth and they hold up nicely as dumplings.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, separated

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

2 drops liquid Splenda (or ¼ packet)

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. golden flax meal

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300º.  Having the eggs at room temperature will slightly increase egg white volume for this recipe, but it’s not absolutely necessary. What is absolutely essential when beating egg whites is that no speck of yolk contaminate them. This contamination issue goes even further, in that there must be no speck of contamination in/on the bowl you beat them in either. The slightest speck of something transferring from your fingers/hands to that bowl, or a bowl that wasn’t washed and dried properly will stop the whites from whipping. Learned that way back in home economics over 40 years ago and have personally experienced whites not whipping a couple times in my life and suspected a speck of something in/on the bowl killed the action. Sadly, you just have to start over with fresh, clean bowl and whites when that happens.   Another note:  be sure you’ve added the other ingredients to the yolks before attempting to fold in the whites. I’ve learned over my many years of cooking, that beaten egg whites fold into a thicker mixture better than into thinner one.  🙂

Now to begin:  Separate the eggs, whites into one bowl, yolks into another, being very careful to not get any yolk in the whites bowl.

Let’s start out with the egg whites bowl first. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and with an electric mixer and perfectly clean and dry beaters, whip the egg whites until VERY stiff.  Many say they can’t get these the Revo Rolls recipe to come out right, saying they spread all over the pan.  If you don’t beat the egg whites until they form a totally erect peak (tip of peak does NOT fall over when you lift the beater out of the bowl and they are starting to appear almost dry on the surface), they’re not stiff enough yet! 🙂  If beaten to the proper stage, you do NOT need to use muffin top pans to cook these.  I don’t even own those pans and have NEVER had problems with my batter being thin and spreading out. I just plop the batter onto greased non-stick sheets.  I have to manually spread it out with a spatula to achieve the desired diameter buns!  Again, if you don’t beat the whites long enough, you WILL have “running” thin batter and cooking issues.  Set bowl aside for a minute or so.

Now move to the egg yolk bowl.  Add in the softened cream cheese, liquid Splenda and flax meal and beat with the mixer until smooth.  Let it sit 1 munute for the flax to thicken up a bit.

Next scrape the stiff egg whites on top of the egg yolk mixture and with a rubber spatula, gently fold the two together until well blended and there are no clumps of egg white. Try not to overwork the batter, which could deflate the egg whites.  Be sure to get your rubber spatula all the way to the bottom of the bowl as you fold yolk mixture upwards and over the egg whites to incorporate the two into a smooth batter.  Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, dip the batter onto non-stick (or greased) baking pans into 8 equal mounds.  You can line pans with parchment if you prefer.  Gently shape into circles with back of cup or spatula until level.    Bake at 300º for 25 minutes.  Then raise heat to 350º and bake 4-5 more minutes until they are as brown as you like your buns.  Partially cool on pans before trying to remove.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 pieces, each piece contains (takes two pieces to make a whole bun):

92 calories

7.68 g  fat

1.52 g  carbs, .97 g  fiber, .55 g  NET CARBS

4.60 g  protein

66 mg. sodium

Onion Dill Bread

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When we lived in Kansas my mother used to make a wonderful yeast bread recipe my Aunt in Dallas sent her.  It was called  Onion Dill Bread.  It had a bunch of cottage cheese, minced onion and dill in it.  When you cooked it it was so moist you could hardly cut it until it cooled off some or it would get packy.  I thought about that bread today and decided to try the low-carb MIM (Muffin in a minute) like onion-dill bread.  I just made one and man, oh, man was it ever close in taste!  I bought a little plastic container at Walmart the other day shaped like a slice of bread and baked my Onion-Dill MIM in it and it came out almost looking like a real slice of bread.  This makes wonderful hot rolls for dinner.  For that I would double the recipe and dip into 12 greased/non-stick mini muffin cups.  You don’t have to use a blender/processor to make this, but if not, be sure to mash out the lumps in the cottage cheese a bit with the back of a spoon instead.  If still in Induction, substitute cream cheese for the cottage cheese.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c. + 1 T. flax meal (preferably dark, but golden is OK)

1 T. melted butter

2 T. cottage cheese (substitute sour cream if still on Induction)

1 egg

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. dried dill

2 tsp. oat fiber

1/4 tsp. onion powder

Pinch salt

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and place in blender/food processor.  Add cottage cheese (or sour cream) and pulse.  Add egg and pulse.  Add baking powder, dill minced onion and pulse.  Add flax meal last and pulse one last time to smooth batter.  Scrape with rubber spatula into container of desired shape.  I used a sandwich shaped container designed for kids lunchboxes.  Microwave on HI for 1 minute.  Run knife around edges to separate from container and tip out so bottom can “dry off”.   Slice if desired and serve hot with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 1 serving which contains:

342 calories

28.9 g  fat

10.8 g  carbs

7.9 g  fiber

2.9 g  NET CARBS

13.6 g  protein

135 mg sodium