Archive for ‘Whole Grain Recipes’

September 2, 2012

Summer White Peach and Blueberry Crisp

It’s the end of summer, but what better way to celebrate this season’s end than with a delicious crisp that honors late summer’s ripest fruits? You can use any kind of peach you want, as long as it’s fresh and ripe. Same goes for the blueberries. This is an easy and versatile recipe: instead of peaches, try other stone fruits (plums, pluots, nectarines, apricots, cherries) and instead of blueberries, try other berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, white raspberries). Mix and match, have fun! Taste this last bit of summer.

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Serves 5-6

For the fruit:

  • 2 pounds firm, ripe peaches (6 to 8 peaches)
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint)

For the crumble:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (plain white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (optional, if you like oats!)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. (Optional step if don’t want peach skins in your crisp): Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily. Place them immediately in cold water. Peel the peaches.

3. Slice the peaches into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour. Toss well. Gently mix in the blueberries. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, line a baking pan with foil. Spoon the mixture into the baking pan.

5. For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in a large mixing bowl. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it’s in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit. If you have an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas.

6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve warm.

If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles in the refrigerator and bake before dinner.

Happy Eating!

Love,

Yang

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August 13, 2012

Oatmeal Date Bars

Use the best-quality dates you can find! Fresh medjool dates are my favorite and they worked perfectly in this recipe. Store in an airtight container, the bars will keep for a couple days.

 

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Total time: 1 hour, largely unattended

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature

 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Butter 8×8-inch metal baking pan.

3. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in medium saucepan. Add dates; simmer until very soft and thick, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.

4. Combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in large bowl; stir to blend.

 

5. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until moist clumps form.

6. Press half of oat mixture evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread date mixture over. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; press gently to adhere. Bake until brown at edges and golden brown and set in center, about 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into bars and serve.

 

Happy Eating!

 

Love,

Yang

June 28, 2012

My Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

You can make this oatmeal ahead of time in a big batch and refrigerate the rest; simply microwave it for a minute or two to reheat it. You can make a large batch or a small one, just make sure the oats to water ratio is about 1:4. A batch of cooked steel cut oatmeal will last for about a week in the fridge. You can use rolled oats (which take less time to cook), but steel cut oats are preferred due to their nutty flavor, chewy texture, and higher nutritional content. Dates are easier to chop when they’ve been refrigerated. To pit a date, slice a date in half lengthwise and the pit will come out easily. If you’re watching your sugar intake, omit the maple syrup, as the banana and dates provide enough natural sweetness. Oatmeal is incredibly versatile: you can top a bowl with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, spices, cocoa powder, Nutella, nut butters, ground flax seed, etc. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Time: 45 minutes, largely unattended

  • 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal (cheapest in the bulk section at Whole Foods. You can also get a bag from Bob’s Red Mill or a tin of McCann’s)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • Chopped pecans (as many as you like)
  • 3-4 Fresh dates, pitted and chopped (international produce section at Safeway)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Vanilla extract (to taste)
  • Maple Syrup or honey (optional)
  • Greek yogurt (optional)

1. Boil the water in a medium sized pot.

2.  Pour the steel cut oats into the water, reduce heat to low.

3.  Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.

4. While the oatmeal is cooking, slice the banana, remove the pits from the dates and roughly chop them.

5. In the last several minutes of cooking, add in a small amount of vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir. The oatmeal will be done when it is not too watery and has a thick nutty texture.

6. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl, top it with the sliced banana, chopped pecans, chopped dates, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Happy eating!

Love,

Yang

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