Depending on what time zone you’re in, either today or tomorrow is my roommate’s birthday. To celebrate, she hosted a potluck at our apartment over the weekend. It was really classy, see?
What do I wear to such a classy party?
A black sequined dress, obviously.
Since it was a potluck I couldn’t just show up empty handed, so I made a quick bread. I found inspiration from Jane Brody’s Good Food Book (copyright date: 1985), but I ended up making my own recipe.
I like this cookbook because
1) the recipes are good and,
2) I think it’s slightly comical that it’s advertised as a special high-carbohydrate cookbook.
High-carb, of course, to maximize health. Here is a quote from the back cover:
Jane Brody’s nutrition book…demonstrated the dramatic health benefits of a diet that relies on complex carbohydrates – foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, beans and bread.
In case you didn’t notice, those are EXACTLY the foods that are most vilified in mainstream diet culture today. I think it’s a great illustration of how ‘good’ foods and ‘bad’ foods are more a product of diet fads and marketing rather than a reflection of what is actually best for our bodies.
Anyway…I made some quick bread inspired by Brody’s honey health bread (p. 590 if you have the book). My recipe was as follows:
Ingredients - 2 cups whole wheat flour - 1 cup all-purpose flour - 2 teaspoons baking soda - 2 cups coconut creamer - 1/4 cup honey - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Method Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Combine the wet and dry and stir until one consistency. Pour into a 9x5x3 bread pan and cook at 325° for one hour.
The bread was thick, chewy, and had a mild flavor. Since the whole loaf didn’t get eaten at the party, I decided to be creative and make french toast for breakfast in the morning! For the batter, I combined one egg with a few shakes of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and a generous splash of coconut milk. That amount of batter was enough for two full slices (which would be four of the half-slices pictured above), plus a little extra. On the skillet:
I’m a lot better at flipping french toast than I am at flipping pancakes. Go figure.
All done – plated and topped with walnut butter, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and a banana:
Yum. This sort of french toast is so much more satisfying than the white bread kind at most restaurants.