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Acorn Inspiration in Greece!

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Ancient Oaks on the Island of Kea

In October of 2015 Daniela and I went to the Greek Island of Kea to learn more about acorn processing and to help bring in the Autumn harvest at  Red Tractor Farm (big thank you to Marcie Mayer, the queen of all things acorn, for her big heart and her wealth of knowledge).

Our home base was in Korissia but we drove all over the island visiting ancient Oak Trees, took a half day and walked around the no-car town of Ioulida and even took a dip in Spathi bay. A rare treat for us New Englanders in late October.
We fell in love the with the scent in the air (a heady mixture of sea salt and thyme/lavender), a few local cats, the honey bees, morning roosters and wild olives.
What’s not to love?
Lemon trees, bougainvillea, wild oxalis, delicious food (blowing a big kiss right back at you Katerina) and the wonderful company. The self reliant and friendly folks who live on the island are just an extension of all that is right about Kea. I miss it and hope to get back there someday!
Links to visit:
iloveacorns.com (buy Acorn cookies and other good things here!)
redtractorfarm.com (visit the red tractor farm guest houses!)

Music:
Zorba’s Dance by Starlite Orchestra
Syrtaki Dance by Jean-Luc Barreau
Hummingbird by George Winston

Now we have a serious case of acorn envy, did you see the size of those nuts?

We’ll be back one day Marcie!

xoxo

Deb and Daniela

 

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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Thank you 2015!

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2015 was a tremendous year for learning and gathering… we are humbled and inspired (and a little behind schedule here)… Thank you to our mentors, friends, and family for acorn secrets, sources, support (and sense of humor) in our search for acorn wisdom.

Sincerely,

Daniela & Deb

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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

January NEACoop Event

Join us in January for a New England Acorn Cooperative Meet, Greet & Eat Event!

Are you interested in Acorns? Do you want to learn more about Acorns as food?

Join us for an Acorn Dinner Saturday January 23rd at the Rusty Acorn Farm in Canaan NH.

The menu includes acorn based appetizers, soup, entree, baked goods and dessert.  Potluck dishes are welcome but not required.

Drinks, appetizers and socializing at 5pm.

Dinner served at 6:30pm.

Please RSVP via Registration by January 18.

Ticket price is $10. All proceeds will be used to create delicious acorn dishes.

Deb and Daniela

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Join us for a festive dinner and lively conversation!

 

December NEACoop Event

Hello New England  acorn lovers!

Our December event is an acorn gathering workshop. Join us to learn how to collect quality nuts responsibly.

Mark your calendar for December 5th. We will will be gathering from 1-4pm. This workshop is free.

THANKS everyone, this workshop is FULL!


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We are organizing to share and provide tools, resources and fun educational events around acorn gathering, processing, and consuming. Let us know if you’d like to join in!