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Monday, October 12, 2009

ONE MINUTE BREAD ANOTHER MINUTE TOAST (Variation)

Here it is: (technically, these things are not allowed on induction, however, if you have already done your two weeks or two months stint, then maybe it is time to branch out slightly, still keeping carbs around 20 grams, if necessary, for continued weight loss).

Here is something similar to give you a photo to look at One Minute Bread, The Next Minute Toast - The recipes below are similar but more robust-looking, thicker and sturdier. As well, the bread is much darker in color and has a different taste - better!

This is probably my top favorite variation. This particular recipe tastes fabulous - almost like black rye, almost like there is wheat bran (the recipe with ground almonds) in it - I don't know - not sure how to describe it. However, it makes great toast. I imagine adding a tablespoon of rye flour instead of one of the "flours" specified might be another variation.

I made it in a cereal bowl, cut into two slices and toasted one slice really well in a regular toaster. I buttered it generously, sprinkled with grated Cheddar/Mozzarella mix, microwaved 12 seconds, added a bit more grated cheese and enjoyed with a cup of tea. Yummy!! It tasted for all the world just like a slice of specialty bread, toasted. Put it this way, it tastes real carby!

To be fair, these are variations on the OMM (thanks to whoever first created that recipe - sheer genius!), but I really prefer doing it in a cereal bowl - the slices are bigger and more bread-like and able to be toasted more easily.

Recipe #1
2 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp Carbalose flour (well worth ordering from Netrition!)
1 tbsp ground almonds or almond flour
1 tsp whole or skim milk powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sweetener (I used Splenda Quick Pack), or 1 Splenda packet
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In cereal bowl, combine flax meal, Carbalose flour, ground almonds, whole or skim milk powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sweetener. Stir well with a fork. In another cereal, combine egg, water, coconut oil, vanilla extract and pinch of salt; whisk with fork. Add to dry ingredients and whisk well with the fork. Nuke 1 minute to 1 minute 15 seconds, depending on how hot your microwave oven runs. Turn out and slice in two horizontally. Toast or save in a baggy (is that a word, or just my word?) and eat later when cool as bread (pretty nice too).

Yield: 1 serving = 2 slices
250.6 calories; 13.2 g protein; 18.5 g fat; 4.6 g carbs

Helpful Hints: Sometimes I add just a little bit of water if the batter seems very thick (sometimes measuring the ingredients can be a little less than accurate). You can skip the milk powder and water and use 1 tbsp cream instead, but that brings the calories up to 282.6, with a slight reduction in carbs - 4.1 g carbs. I don't know about you guys, but 250 calories sounds better to me, and besides I usually only eat one slice in a sitting (125 calories - a little more than one slice of regular bread (100 cal), but the carbs are substantially less than 15 grams, which is normal for regular bread - and don't forget - we're getting the equivalent of 2 slices!). If I'm only eating the bread for my meal, then I'll probably eat the whole thing. However, if I'm eating it with a full breakfast, one slice will do. It is really filling.

Recipe #2:
instead of the ground almonds, use another 1 tbsp Carbalose flour. The sweetener is not required with this bread. I like the cinnamon in it, but my husband is not sold on that idea. He likes more of a savory, blander bread.

Yield: 1 serving = 2 slices
235 calories; 13.9 g protein; 16.1 g fat; 5.3 g carbs

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