Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce

You may have heard of mascarpone as an Italian style cream cheese, but a softer texture, than the regular cream cheese, such as the brand name Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Mascarpone can be used in cheesecakes, and is also used to make Tiramisu. Because of its creamy texture, it makes a grand accompaniment with berries, like strawberries. The Italian style cream cheese is described in flavor as sweet, rich, and creamy-like with a mild buttery flavor.

Mascarpone was invented in southern Italy around the 16th century. It is made using the cream of cow’s milk. The name Mascarpone, pronounced  Mahs-kahr-po-nay, is thought to be related to the root word mascherare, an Italian verb meaning to “dress up” or “camouflage.”

This dressing up of the cow’s cream, relates to the way the cream cheese is made. It begins from mascarpa, which is a by-product that is extracted from the whey that is leftover from making stracchino, a semi-soft cheese made from whole cow’s milk, and once extracted from the whey, it is then coagulated with lemon juice and drained, and you have: Mascarpone.

Now for our featured recipe: Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce, and here is what you will need.

2/3 cup coconut flour

1 ripe medium banana

1 medium carrot finely grated, do not pat dry (should equal about 1 cup)

1/2 cup dried coconut, shredded and unsweetened

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons melted coconut butter

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

3 eggs

2 cups coconut milk (can also use buttermilk, milk, or almond milk)

The Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce to follow.

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone SauceMix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

Carrot Cake Pancakes cooking in a skilletWarm a ceramic coated skillet over medium heat, and add a tablespoon of coconut butter. When butter is melted, add a ladle full of the pancake mix, and cook about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.

Before making the pancakes, in a separate small mixing bowl, make the Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce, as follows.

Ingredients for Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce

 

1 – 8 oz. tub of mascarpone cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 zest of an orange

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon real maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and set aside. If there is any leftover cream cheese sauce, save in a glass jar with a tight lid for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce

 

When you have finished cooking the pancakes (makes about 6 large cakes), plate them and top with the Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce. You can also top the sauce with some grated carrot, and nuts, like pecans or walnuts. Enjoy!!

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Making Sour Cream Pie 

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple PieSour cream is a dairy product that we are familiar with. It is made using fresh cream and fermenting it with lactic acid bacterium. The bacteria is either introduced deliberately or naturally to sour the cream, though it is mildly pleasant sour tasting.

The history of sour cream is believed to have developed in Eastern Europe by the Ukrainians. It was intentionally fermented and used in one of their well known food creations – Beef Stroganoff.

Our featured recipe involves sour cream. It is used in one recipe using two different types of fruit. Apples and blueberries, which by the way is not a true fruit but a berry as the name implies.

Our recipe is Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple Pie.

First let’s make the crust. The recipe will make two portions, and here is what you will need.

Sour Cream Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons of salt

2 teaspoons of sugar

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed

1/2 cup sour cream, full fat

Heat oven to 400 degrees

2 sticks of cold cubed butterPlace the cubed unsalted butter in a bowl and put aside.

mix flour and adding in cold cubed butterIn a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar.

Next add the cubes of butter into the flour mixture. Use your clean thumbs and fingers to squish the flour and butter together. Work the butter into the dough until you have what resembles a coarse meal with some chunks of butter.

mixing in sour cream to pastry doughNext add the sour cream to the flour butter mixture. Use a fork to incorporate into the mixture.

forming pastry dough into two disksGather the pastry dough together with your hands, and form into a large ball.

Use a knife to cut the ball in half. Form into disks. Sprinkle each disk with a little flour, top and bottom. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. If you want to freeze for future use, wrap again, this time with aluminum foil and freeze (leave in refrigerator overnight to thaw before using).

If dough has been in the refrigerator for more than 2 hours, let it sit for 5-10 minutes at room temperature to become more malleable before rolling out.

rolling out pie crust to place into pie pan to pre-bakeNow sprinkle a clean flat surface with a little flour. Place one disk over the floured surface, and begin to roll flat with a rolling pin. As you roll the dough, check to make sure the bottom is not sticking. If it is, lift it up and sprinkle a little flour underneath. Roll out pastry dough from 12 to 14 inches wide, to an even thickness.

Place the rolled pastry pie dough into a 9-inch glass pie pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over the raw pastry and then filled with pastry or pie weights. But if you don’t have these baking accessories, then dried beans can be used.

Place into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and remove paper and beans. Using a fork repeatedly pock the pie crust till crust surface is filled with tiny holes. This allows the steam to escape and prevents the crust from bubbling up.

Replace back into the oven for 15 minutes more. Set a side to cool.

Meantime, prepare the pie filling.

One pie filling will be a Sour Cream Blueberry filling  and the other will be a Sour Cream Apple filling. We also replaced the sugar with coconut sugar. The ratio of sugar to coconut sugar is 1:1. We also used Himalayan salt in place of regular table salt. Let’s get started.

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or 3 cups of peeled chopped apples

Pecan Topping (for blueberry):

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Walnut Topping (for apple):

All the same as pecan topping, but replace the pecans with chopped walnuts.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

pie filling for blueberry and apple sour cream pies

In a mixing bowl, beat together the sour cream, flour, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and egg until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Gently fold in the blueberries or apples. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 400° for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the 4 tablespoons of flour, brown sugar, butter, and pecans or walnuts, mixing with fingers until you have a crumbly mixture.

Sprinkle the pecan or walnut mixture over the top of the pie and return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer. Let cool. Chill thoroughly before serving.

 

You will note the pie fillings are not white in texture, as we used coconut sugar.

 

side view of Sour Cream Blueberry PieThe texture of the coconut sugar is the same as brown sugar.

The coconut sugar doesn’t resolve a clear color, and is more dominate than brown sugar, but more healthy to the blood stream.

Also when fingering to mix the dry ingredients with the butter to make a crumble, make sure the butter is cold, and do not mix it between your fingers to long. The texture will be affected by the warmth of your fingers.

You will not have a good crumbly texture, as demonstrated with the Sour Cream Apple Pie, pictured below.

Once the pie’s have cooled, plate and serve.

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple Pie

 

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Sweet Potato Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans

Sweet Potato Pilaf with Cranberries and PecansThis rice pilaf is delectably wonderful as a side dish with just about any main dish roasted chicken or turkey.

There is about 7 grams of fiber per serving (8 ounces) in sweet potatoes. They have large amounts of potassium, beta-carotene, and are a good source of manganese.

Sweet potatoes are also anti-inflammatory, and can also improve the regulation of your blood sugar levels. The vegetable root is also antibacterial and anti-fungal.  It promotes a healthy digestion, and contains a small amount of vitamin-D, which is good for strong bones, and helps with brain function.

Getting plenty of vitamin-D can stave off heart problems, dementia, some forms of cancer too just name a few health concerns, as one ages.

Now for our featured recipe: Sweet Potato Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans, and here is what you will need.

ingredients-for-Sweet-potato-Pilaf-with-Cranberries-and-Pecans

1 cup brown rice, cooked
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
5  tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 to 1 tsp. pie spice

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a non-stick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring, until soft and lightly colored, 10 to 12 minutes.

Pour broth into a medium sauce pot over high heat. Pour in rice and bring to a boil; lower heat to low and cook for 45 minutes or until rice is done and tender.

While the rice is cooking, peel and dice sweet potato. Place into a large bowl with 2 tbsp. oil, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Line a baking pan with a piece of tin foil.

Spread coated vegetable evenly over foil. Place baking pan into heated oven and roast 20 to 25 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Remove and set aside.

saute garlic and onion In a non-stick skillet, heat 3 tbsp. oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and saute, stirring, until soft and lightly colored, 10 to 12 minutes.

step-by-step-to-mix-ingredients-for-Sweet-Potato-Pilaf-with-Cranberries-and-PecansNext add dried cranberries and pecan, stir another 3 minutes. Spoon in cooked rice and mix well. Turn off heat and add sweet potato and incorporate well. Sprinkle with pie spice and gently mix in to combine flavor with other ingredients. Let stand covered, 5 minutes.

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Spoon rice mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with Italian parsley (optional).

Sweet Potato Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans

Plate the Sweet Potato Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans as a side with your main dish meat. Here we served it with roasted seasoned chicken breast.

Check out another great recipe of ours using sweet potatoes: Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips .

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Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

The FASEB Journal reported on  a randomized, controlled, crossover trial with 48 healthy individuals, around 18 years of age. The trail was done with oatmeal and  a ready-to-eat oat-based breakfast cereal (RTEC) in random order at least a week apart.

The results were: The oatmeal suppressed the appetite of the individuals partipating in the controlled trials , and increased fullness, and reduced food intake compared to RTEC.  Food intake at lunch was lower after eating oatmeal compared to RTEC.  The finding were noted that physicochemical properties of oat fiber are important factors affecting fullness and food intake. The study was funded by PepsiCo.

We wanted to share our breakfast with you, and with the information we just shared, you may have guessed it was oatmeal.

We all know from personal experience, oatmeal is filling. It is good for lowering blood cholesterol and controlling glucose levels among other health benefits. Of cource you really only get these benefits as long as the package oats you buy have no additives to them. Like Honey Nut Cherrios does. They make the claim it is good for your heart, but the addition of other chemicals really nullifies the claim.  Note the info graph we have here from the Health News Library

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Whole food is really better for your health. That is how we prepared our Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast.

We used Half and Half for extra creaminess, blueberries, a banana, and the tweast is the sweetness by adding Ginger syrup.

Here is what you need.

ingredients for Fruity and Nutty Oatmeal with a Tweast

1 cup half and half

1 medium banana

1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup quick oats

1 to 2 tsp. organic ginger syrup (purchased at Whole Foods Market)

Heat the half and half in a small sauce pan. Add a cut up banana, then the blueberries, followed by the pecans, and oats. Stir together until well incorporated. The cooked oatmeal will be lose. If you desire you can add more oats. Next add the ginger syrup. If you can’t get ginger syrup, replace with real maple syrup.  Spoon into a bowl and serve.

The banana adds potassium, and magnesium to your diet, great for heart health and lowering blood pressure. The blueberries fight against cancer, and premature aging. The ginger aids with digestion.

 

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