Recipe Remedies: Blackberry Thumbprint Cookies


Good afternoon!

My family is having some friends over for dinner tonight, and I decided to make some cookies for dessert. I’d been thinking about thumbprint cookies for some time and finally tried them out with SCD restrictions.

Thumbprint Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves, any flavor

Now, at first glance, this might not seem like much of a remedy. Replace the sugar with honey and the flour with coconut flour. However, coconut flour is drier than regular wheat flours. I discovered, with my first attempt at thumbprint cookies, that you can’t just substitute the same amounts for all-purpose.

So, I started with one cup, stirring it in gradually. After that, I used 1/4 cup measures. I only used slightly over one cup, instead of the 1 3/4 cup the recipe calls for.

As for the preserves, I substituted crushed blackberries, blended with unflavored gelatin and honey.

Blackberry Thumbprint Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 egg yolks
  • approx. 1 cup coconut flour

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup blackberries, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • honey, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, honey, and egg yolks. Mix in flour a little bit at a time until soft dough forms. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. If dough is too soft, refrigerate 15-20 minutes. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Use your finger or an instrument of similar size to make a well in the center of each cookie.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated oven, until golden-brown on bottom. Remove from baking sheet to cool on wire racks.
  4. While cookies are cooling, crush blackberries in a food processor, until smooth. Add two teaspoons of unflavored gelatin and honey, to taste. When cookies are cooled, place on a plate and fill with blackberry mixture. Chill for one hour, or until ready to serve.

Bon Appetit!

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(I entered this recipe in Sugar Free Sunday, Tempt My Tummy TuesdaySlightly Indulgent Tuesday 6/1/10, Real Food Wednesday 6/2/10, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays 6/2/10)

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Quick & Easy Alfredo Sauce


While y’all are waiting for my next recipe remedy, I thought I’d share this recipe for an SCD-legal alfredo sauce my mom discovered tonight while looking for something different to season fully-cooked chicken.

Quick & Easy Alfredo Sauce

  • 8 ounces plain homemade yogurt (whole–don’t use non-fat)
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)

Instructions

–Melt butter in pan. Slowly, add homemade yogurt, stirring constantly. Shake in parmesan while stirring until sauce thickens. Add pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

P.S. I was so excited to try it I forgot to take pictures 😀

(I entered this recipe in Tempt My Tummy Tuesday 6/7/10, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday 6/8/10Real Food Wednesday 6/9/10, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays 6/9/10)

Recipe Remedies: Blackberry Jam


Last weekend, my family and I hosted a couple of our friends from northern Texas. They love to cook and introduced us to homemade strawberry jam! Unfortunately, it had fruit pectin in it, which is illegal on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Still, I fixed this recipe with very few modifications. I figured that unflavored gelatin could easily take the place of fruit pectin, and I was right. As it happened, the gelatin package had a “slushy fruit cup” recipe on it, so I combined the two to make homemade blackberry jam! (I didn’t have enough strawberries on hand)

The Original Recipes

Blackberry Jam

  • 5 cups crushed berries
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 1.75 oz package fruit pectin

Slushy Fruit Cups

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (6 0z) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 (20 0z) can crushed unsweetened pineapple
  • 2 bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 (10 0z) package frozen strawberries, thawed

Well. I didn’t have strawberries, bananas, or pineapple, so of course I left those out. And I didn’t have nearly enough blackberries to make a large batch, so I used just 1 cup of blackberries in place of the five cups listed above. I substituted the 1/2 cup sugar in the slushy recipe for 1/4 cup honey, and I omitted the lemon concentrate.

Feel free to adjust the honey to your particular taste. I don’t like a strong taste of honey, so the 1/4 cup was just enough to sweeten the berries, but no more.

Blackberry Jam

  • I envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup blackberries, crushed

Instructions

  1. In large saucepan, stir together gelatin, water, and honey. Heat over low heat until gelatin dissolves, about 5-6 minutes. Add crush blackberries, stir until well-blended. Pour into mason jar and refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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(I entered this recipe in Slightly Indulgent Tuesday 5/11/10, Real Food Wednesday 5/12/10, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays 5/12/10)

Recipe Remedies: Pumpkin Pie


If you are anything like me, you like eating pumpkin pie any time of the year. You also like to find simple recipes, and you love it when that simple pumpkin pie recipe is adaptable to your special needs!

My remedy for pumpkin pie was easy. I had an illegal recipe, and I had an SCD recipe that was similar, but didn’t have the taste I’d grown accustomed to before I started watching what I ate. So I combined the two recipes to make one legal, delectable pie!

The Original Recipes

The Illegal Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (29 oz) 100% pure pumpkin
  • 2 cans (12 fl-oz. each) Evaporated Milk

The SCD Recipe:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup homemade yogurt or uncreamed cottage cheese (dry curd), pureed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups of prepared squash or pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

I substituted the 1/2 cup honey in the SCD recipe for the sugar and the cup of homemade yogurt for the evaporated milk. Instead of 3 eggs, as in the SCD recipe, I used 4. Lastly, since I don’t care all that much for nutmeg, I used 1/2 teaspoon ginger.

I don’t make a crust for my pumpkin pie, since at the present I haven’t come up with one that’s been successful. However, I love this pie without crust. It doesn’t take away from it one bit.

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 29 oz. 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup homemade yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Mix salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in small bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs. Stir in yogurt, honey, pumpkin, and spice mixture.
  2. Pour into 9 in. pie pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees, bake 40-50 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cool 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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(I entered this recipe in Slightly Indulgent Tuesday 5/4/10, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, and Real Food Wednesday 5/5/10)

My Road Trip Food Log


This past weekend, my family and I journeyed up to the Houston area for a time of singing and dancing. Naturally, I planned my menu, understanding that exceptions and alterations might arise (which they did, in fact).

Saturday:

For breakfast, I ate at IHOP. They have this delicious new dish, sirloin tips (which were tossed with sauteed onions and mushrooms) and scrambled eggs. Heaven. On previous visits to IHOP, I had ascertained that  the meat was cooked in butter and that the eggs were, in fact, REAL eggs. So I didn’t even bother this time to ask. I understand that some of you may feel that you must ask every time. Whatever makes you feel the most secure is what is important.

Since I was stuffed from breakfast and the health snacks I’d brought along on the road, I skipped the lunch I had brought with me, and snacked on nuts after the dance. All the excitement of reuniting with old friends and dancing to my heart’s content left no more room for an appetite.

Sunday morning, I sweetened some homemade yogurt with honey and tossed some blackberries in to add a burst of flavor. Yum. I also consumed over half a dozen strawberries and a slice of cantaloupe. I was starving after all that exercise!

Since we were so exhausted after the long car trip and the late night, we decided to head on home after church. The lunch I had planned for Sunday was ignored, even though I was pretty hungry. I snacked on some cheese while we looked for a Whataburger.

A what? Yes, a Whataburger. Whataburger has real meat in their burgers. So I just asked for a plain, dry burger. It was the first time in over three years I’d been through a drive-through. It kinda made me giddy. Ha!

When I got home, I ate some more yogurt, since I’ve found that it soothes my stomach (and I also happen to really really like it). Just in case the trip was going to affect me in anyway, I’ve been taking it easy the past 24 hours.

So there’s a peek at what a weekend away from home is like for me. What do you do when you’re away from the home, but have to adhere to a strict diet like the SCD?

“Udder” Perfection


Making homemade yogurt isn’t as hard as it seems. What’s heating some milk, cooling it down, tossing in some yogurt starter, and letting it sit in a machine for 24 hours?

But at first, my mom and I weren’t getting the results we wanted. The yogurt was too thin–so thin you could drink it. When I tried to sweeten it, the honey wouldn’t mix in properly, leaving globs for me to skillfully avoid with my spoon.

Yuck.

And then, all of a sudden, that changed. I tried a batch of yogurt and found it thick, creamy, and tasty. Wow! We didn’t know what we’d done to this particular batch, but whatever it was, we hoped we’d do it again.

No such luck.

What had made the difference in that batch? After thinking about it for a long while, and experimenting with different brands of milk, we finally realized that it was Promised Land Dairy‘s whole milk that had made our yogurt “udderly” perfect.

Promised Land Dairy uses Jersey cows, whose milk has higher protein, nonfat milk solids, calcium, and butterfat content than other breeds. These factors are most likely what gives the homemade yogurt a thicker, creamier consistency. These cows are grass-fed and, if you are on the “no-artificial-hormones” bandwagon, Promised Land Dairy fits the bill.

If you can’t get Promised Land where you live, just check out the brands that are available and see if they come from Jersey cows.

Happy yogurt-making, y’all!

(Yogurt starters and makers can be found at GI Pro Health—My yogurt maker is from Lucy’s Kitchen Shop)