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Category: Acorn Recipes

Acorn Banana Bread (made with cottage cheese)

The experimentation continues!

I had some bananas that were in serious jeopardy of liquefying…..mmm….those make the best banana bread!

Acorn Banana Bread

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup acorn flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º, grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Add both flours, baking soda and salt, combine on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Add the cottage cheese, bananas and vanilla; stir well.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Oh my, the house was filled with the most delicious banana-nutty aroma!

This yields a very moist bread, it’s best to wait until it cools completely to slice it.

Enjoy!

Deb

 

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Acorn “Snowball” Cookie Recipe

In honor of our acorn dinner  (and the weather) I went looking for an easy cookie ball recipe that would highlight the acorn flour’s delicate nutty flavor. My first attempt with pure acorn flour cookie balls were delicious, but a bit dense.

A quick web search for walnut cookies delivered this solution.

Here’s my variation:

Acorn Snowballs

2 cups acorn flour
1 &1/2 cups walnut meal (coarse ground pieces) or hazelnut meal

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks butter

powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 300

In a  mixer cream butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla. When fluffy  add the mixed acorn & walnut flour (add up to 1/2 extra acorn flour if dough feels too “wet”) meal oiliness varies .  Set dough to chill in fridge for an hour.  When is dough cold, work fast – rolling balls about the diameter of 50 cent piece and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. (I will make smaller balls next time so you can easily pop one in your mouth and enjoy instead of biting in half & getting powered sugar all over yourself – time would have to be adjusted).

Bake at 300 for 30-35 minutes

 

3 final variations: plain balls, balls capped with chocolate (melted chips and dipped the balls), and balls dusted with confection sugar. All were enjoyed but the “snowballs” won the greatest acclaim.   Try and let us know what variations you come up with….

 

Enjoy! Daniela

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Acorn “Gingerbread” Cake Recipe

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Acorn Gingerbread Cake

I cannot take ANY credit for this recipe. I followed the recipe I found on this blog to the letter and it made an amazing and delicious cake. It’s not crumbly or dry as some acorn recipes can be. It could be a real crowd pleaser for any gathering.

Inexplicably it tastes and looks like gingerbread  despite there not being ANY ginger in it. The acorns offer such a nutty  and delicious flavor and I think the olive oil adds an unusual and very tasty dimension.

This recipe is based on a traditional Italian chestnut cake, made with fluffy egg whites folded into the batter, it can’t help but  have a light and appealing texture.

Fluffy egg white folded into the batter make for a light cake!

Fluffy egg white folded into the batter make for a light cake!

Did I mention this cake is delicious??!!!

I can’t say enough about it. You should check out the recipe and the amazing blog that it’s attached to.

Click here for the Acorn Gingerbread Recipe.

Just don’t forget to navigate back here and let me know how  you liked it!

Best to you,

Deb

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Oatmeal Acorn Coconut Cookie Recipe (Gluten Free)

Another craving, another recipe experiment. This time, cookies!

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I tried this recipe two ways, the first batch I used half acorn flour and half regular baking flour (wheat). The cookies were delicious, held together well and soft. Heartened by this I decided to make a second batch with 100% acorn flour. Knowing that acorn flour can dry recipes out a bit I decided to add a little extra liquid.

The 100% acorn cookies still held together nicely, have a lovely nutty flavor and are slightly more ‘cake like’, added bonus, it’s Gluten Free.

The below recipe is the 100% acorn flour version, if you want to experiment you could certainly replace half of the acorn flour with some other gluten free variety or even regular flour.

Let me know how they turn out!

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Acorn Oatmeal Coconut Cookies (Gluten Free)

1 and 1/2 cup Acorn Flour

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t cinnamon

1/2 t salt

1 egg

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter or shortening

1 T molasses

1/2 cup milk

1 and 3/4 cup uncooked oats

1/2 cup natural shredded coconut

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

 

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir in the remaining ingredients.

Drop by tablespoon on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake 12 minutes.

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Acorn Coconut Bar Recipe

When the weather outside turns cold and frosty I get the urge to bake.

Today I made Acorn Coconut Bars.

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Acorn Coconut Bars

These are the kind of bars that have a shortbread-like crust and a soft and gooey center. I added acorn grits (coarse ground acorns) to the crust and to the gooey coconutty filling too. It’s all an experiment with acorns. I try to find ways to incorporate them into everyday recipes, sometimes as a substitution, sometimes as an add-in and sometimes as a feature.

I was inspired by the Coconut Bar recipe in the classic Fannie Farmer Cookbook. If you don’t already own the cookbook, you should go get it now, it’s the most used cookbook on my shelf and full of dog-ears and notes. It’s a classic.

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Acorn Coconut Bars

1 stick of butter (1/4 pound)

2 T confectioners sugar

3/4 cup flour + 2 T for filling

1/2 cup ACORN grits (1/4 cup for crust + 1/4 cup for filling)

2 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 t vanilla extract

1/4 t salt

1t baking powder

3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I used pecans)

1 cup natural dried coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter and flour an 8×8 baking dish.

Cream the the butter, then add the confectioners sugar, 3/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of acorn grits and blend. Pat evenly into the pan and bake for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, beat the eggs, then add the brown sugar and vanilla, beating until thick. Mix the remaining 2 T of flour, salt and baking powder to the egg mixture and incorporate well. Beat in the nuts, remaining 1/4 cup of acorn grits and the coconut. Spread evenly over pastry and bake for another 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan and cut into squares.

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Crust made with Acorn grits

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Do you have a favorite acorn recipe?

 

Let me know how you like this one.

All my best,

Deb