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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 12:31
Bat Spit Bat Spit is offline
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Default Baking for paleo-deviants

Yes, baked goods aren't paleo. No question.

But, I miss baking. I really miss the smell of something fresh and sweet and spicy making my house smell good all day. And I miss having something with a bready texture to eat with a mug of tea on a cold morning.

I don't miss this stuff at all in the warm months but yesterday we got 3 inches of snow.

I thought about putting this in the regular cooking forums, but traditional 'low carb' baking makes heavy use of gluten powder, whey protein, soy flour and cream cheese. I thought some of the people here in Paleoland were probably experimenting with some of the same things I am. I saw Nancy posting about a molten chocolate cake thing...

So, the challenge is:
Basically, adhering as closely as possible to the paleo ingredient guidelines while still coming up with something recognizable as a baked good.
Gluten Free
Soy Free
Minimal dairy-limited to ghee, small amounts of butter, maybe tiny amounts of cream.
Mostly grain free
at least moderately low carb

* * *

Muffins:
Blueberry Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Pie Muffins - Civilized Caveman (off site) (post in this thread)
Squash Muffins
Honey Nut Muffins
Fruit Muffins (scroll down)
Banana Nut Muffins
Creamsicle Cupcakes
Coconut Almond Muffins
Berry Crunch Top Muffins


Cookies:
All-Purpose Cookies
Almond Macaroons
Lauren's Paleo Cookies
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond, Hazelnut choc chip cookies

Squares/Bars:
Pumpkin Pie Squares
Brownies

Cakes:
Coconut Cake
Pumpkin Cake
Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Single Serving Chocolate Cake (original thread) (post in this thread)
Castagnaccio (Chestnut Cake)
- Version 2

Bread/Biscuits:
Drop Biscuits
Spongebob's Flaxmeal Bread
Lauren's Biscuits (off site) (post in this thread)

Squishy Desserts:
Chocolate Souffle
Zippy Pumpkin Custard
Paleo Panna Cotta
Christmas Pudding
Baked Coconut Custard
Tangy Lemon Curd (recipe off-site) (post in this thread)

Other:
Banana Bread - Civilized Caveman (off-site) (Post in this thread)
LC Paleo Granola
Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Rhubarb Crisp
Egg Crepes With Berries
Ischoklad
Baked Apples With Baklava Filling

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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 12:41
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Pumpkin muffins

2 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin
6 drops sweetzfree or sweetener of choice

mix well

in a separate bowl add
1 c almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xanthan
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 tsp cinnamon (or equivalent)

mix, then add to wet ingredients

I bake at 350 for 20 mins. I live at 6500 ft, so adjustments may be needed at lower altitude.

This makes a very nice muffin, although I found it a little too wet.

Today I exchanged 1/4 c of gluten free bake mix for 1/4 c of the almond meal for texture plus 1.5 tsp molasses for richer flavor. They were closer but still not quite right. Next time I'll just exchange 2T of bake mix for 2T of almond meal and I think I'll use 1tsp maple extract instead of the molasses.

I think 2T of flax would be perfect, but my body hates flax.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 12:48
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Food porn below! Stay away if you can't handle it.

WARNING: Not Paleo

Well, needless to say I stray away from Paleo land when I do low carb baking.

I have been using some Rice Bran in baking at times. It seems to be well-tolerated by me. Also I use flax meal and cocoa powder. My new chocolate cake in a bowl turned molten chocolate is insanely good and I feel great about using cocoa powder which is low carb and full of things that are good for you. Plus I got some unprocessed stuff from Whole Foods that is amazingly delicious. Quite reddish brown, unlike the Dutch process stuff which is super dark brown.

I'd be using coconut oil instead of butter but I'm out and really don't want to pay 8.00 for a bottle of the good stuff. I suppose I will though. I think Erythritol is probably a fine sweetener, health-wise, although it definitely isn't paleo in the sense that it requires a lot of processing to extract it from fruits. And I use a little splenda still as well.

I do bowl muffins now sometimes using half rice bran and half flax meal.

I'm trying to judge if there is any effect on my intestines. A lot of health things going on right now due to pernicious anemia caused by an arthritis drug I'm taking. I thinking that some of my diarrhea was caused by the anemia and now that I'm taking a whopping huge dose to folic acid, I seem to be getting constipated. *sigh* So when I opened my freezer and saw the rice bran I remember my bowl muffins -- which I had discontinued due to the intestinal issues -- and throught... hey, maybe I can do this now!

We shall see, I only use 1 Tbl. of the rice bran and so far everything is pretty quiet downstairs.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 12:56
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My all purpose cookie recipe-

2c almond flour
1c unsweetened dried shredded coconut
3/4 c butter *melted*
12 drops sweetzfree or 1/3 cup honey or equivalents
3 eggs
2T vanilla
1tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
1sp xanthan

cream together everything from the butter down and let mix for several minutes to emulsify. Add the coconut. Add the almond flour. Add whatever else you like in your cookies.
Bake on a non-stick surface. The dough will be stiff and will stay in exactly the shape you put it in so rough it into shape with your fingers. I bake at 350 for 16 mins.

By adjusting the vanilla and using other extracts and spices this recipe can be made into almost anything. Good gingerbread. Use lemon and add macadamia nut pieces and dried blueberries. Banana extract and walnuts. If chocolate is one of your personal deviations, it makes great chocolate chip cookies.

I do better when I avoid dairy altogether so this baking season I'll be experimenting with replacing the butter with varying mixes of coconut oil, ghee, and organic lard. You *can't* replace all the butter for coconut oil. The profile is wrong and you get a greasy mess.

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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 13:03
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Well, needless to say I stray away from Paleo land when I do low carb baking.


Absolutely. No question. That's why we're 'paleo-deviants', we're starting with paleo and straying, rather than starting with generic low carb and trying to incorporate paleo concepts (and account for food intolerances).

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I have been using some Rice Bran in baking at times. It seems to be well-tolerated by me.


Ooooh! Thanks for reminding me. Way back when I tried some gluten free products (which were much too carby and weird) I bought some rice bran and when I ditched everything else I kept that because the carbs were tolerable. Must dig that out and try it instead of the bake mix, which has a slightly weird taste and some ingredients I don't love.

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My new chocolate cake in a bowl turned molten chocolate is insanely good and I feel great about using cocoa powder which is low carb and full of things that are good for you.


Instructions please?

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Plus I got some unprocessed stuff from Whole Foods that is amazingly delicious. Quite reddish brown, unlike the Dutch process stuff which is super dark brown.


mmmmm. Have to find some.

Did you have to give up coconut flour in the long run? I find it wrecks me but I may experiment with using smaller amounts. I just need something to dry out the pumpkin a little more. Maybe 1T might do the trick without the side affects.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 13:34
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I have given up on coconut flour for now. Maybe there is some measure of it I can eat but I can't eat it too often. I am EAGER to try your cookie recipe. I get so crazy around things like cookies though... I'll have to be careful.

Today is Day 1 of NO SWEET FLAVOR. I intend to go for 3 days without anything sweet. My weight has bounced up and refuses to go back down, so perhaps this will get things jarred.

Here's the thread about the chocolate cake. It's towards the end I describe how to make it molten. http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=351805
The key is not overcooking.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 14:13
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Nancy, I may join you, starting tomorrow (too late today - had a D. Coke for lunch) on avoiding the sweet taste. I can't even *think* about cookies right now....
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 17:54
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I haven't had anything sweet for one and a half weeks except for a diet root beer last friday and it gave me heart burn. Nancy, the cake sound really good. May have to try it someday. Would be good for a once in a while treat.

Kim
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 19:11
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Ooooh, I love me some deviant baking!

Blueberry muffins (or double it, and make blueberry loaf)

0.5 cup almonds ground
0.25 cup flax meal
1 tsp baking powder
0.25 cup Splenda
0.25 cup coconut milk
1.5 tbs almond oil
1 large eggs
0.5 cup blueberries
0.25 cup Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free baking flour
2 tbs maple syrup
0.5 tbs vanilla

Bung it all together in muffin cups or loaf pan, bake at about 425 for 15-30 minutes (15 for muffin, 30 loaf...but check beforehand, and maybe bake at lower temp for the loaf. Sorry, I'm a wing-it baker which is why I am not renowned for my baked goods. But this is good.)

You can sub in any berry, and basically muck about with it however you want. Carb count is about 11g net/muffin/slice.

Rice bran, eh? Not carby?
Will be trying both the Bat Spit cookie and the Nancy cake. I have heard amazing things about your bowl muffins. Oh...and I still adore you for your lemon curd. OMG. OMG. Lemon curd.

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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 19:14
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Pumkin pie squares (occasionally, pumpkin pie mush, but still yummy)

14 oz pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
1/4 cup polyD
1/4 cup erythritol
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp salt


Mix and bake at 350 for about 40-45 min
Eat whole pan at one sitting OR sneak a square every time you enter the kitchen.

Net carbs - 11g
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 19:55
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Rice bran, eh? Not carby?


Wow. I just went to check my rice bran for carbiness. Its darn good!

1/2 cup serving
Total Fat 14g
Total Protein 10g
Total Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary Fiber 19g
net carb 15g

Which is much better than the gluten free bake mix which I think is 19 but without all the fat and protein. I can't wait to try it.


Quote:
Ooooh, I love me some deviant baking!


Uh huh. I suspected as much about you.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 20:04
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**Food Porn Alert**

If you want to bake the worlds greatest gluten free cookies to take somewhere to impress people?

Make that cookie recipe with honey, then add butterscotch chips.

OMG!

I had several new love slaves volunteer offer themselves for those last year.
Of course, my husband made me send them back...

**End Food Porn Alert**
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 20:18
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There are recipes for cookies and apple pie in the "Eater" link of my signature file. They don't involve shite.

This is a scary thread.
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 21:21
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I am not "wise in the ways of Paleo," but what about a baked apple??

Just removed the core and fill the centre with butter and cinnamon and whatever you can have that's sweet...(honey?)

That will give you the smell of baking in your house with the cinnamon...but it's mmmmm-mmmmmm good!
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Old Mon, Oct-22-07, 21:40
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SQUASH MUFFINS

1 cup almond butter
1 cup cubed butternut squash
2 eggs
1/4-1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
honey/agave/any sweetener to taste
cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger to taste

mix all ingredients in the food processor to make a batter
bake at 400 for 12 minutes
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