Friday, February 3, 2012


Bread out of the microwave oven and sliced

Bread immediately flipped to dry out the underside a bit

Bread quadrant sliced in half horizontally to make 2 slices.  See the raisins snipped in half?  Doing that ensures that they are spread more evenly in the bread.  

One slice toasted on a large dinner plate; toasts well as you can see.

Toasted with cinnamon butter. Deelicious!

Bread buttered and served with Strawberry jam. 

This bread is very reminiscent of the real thing.  It is soft, flavorful and bread-like.  In addition, it toasts very well.  It is wonderful spread with Cinnamon Butter (see below).   I found this bread to be a little too good and, therefore, I had portion control problems.  Soo, your mileage may vary.  Wondering if this would freeze well?  I imagine so, but I didn't get a chance to find out!   One could freeze the slices between pieces of wax paper and put in a sealed baggie or other airtight container and take out one or two pieces for brekkie, without breaking the carb and calorie bank!

UPDATE:  I made this bread last night and by mistake, I left out the cheese!  Hey, it worked and the bread was great and tasted fine!  You can make the bread both ways and decide which you prefer.  The calories are lower without the cheese but the carbs remain the same.  89.5 and 93.4 calories, respectively, depending on if one uses 2 or 3 tbsp raisins.

  It is soft, flavorful and bread-like.  In addition, it toasts well.  If you decide to use the cheese, keep in mind it simply adds to the texture and is not detectable in the bread.  However, I think the mayonnaise option is fantastic – lovely soft bread that is great as bread as well as toast! 

Low-Carbing Among Friends, Volume 2, page 90

7 tbsp ground almonds (105 mL) OR almond flour
31/2 tsp coconut flour (17 mL)
31/2 tsp oat flour (17 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
1/2 tsp cinnamon, OR to taste (2 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
2 to 3 tbsp raisins, snipped (30 to 45 mL)
  in half
3 eggs
41/2 tsp heavy cream, OR almond milk, OR (22 mL)
  coconut milk
Liquid sweetener to equal 4 tsp sugar (20 mL)
11/2 tsp olive oil (7 mL)
2 tbsp mayonnaise, OR (30 mL)
  3 tbsp shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional,* OR (45 mL)
  skip both these options for a lower calorie bread

Spray an 8-inch (20 cm) square, glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  In medium bowl, combine ground almonds, coconut flour, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon to taste and salt.  Stir in raisins.  In small bowl, with fork, whisk eggs, heavy cream, liquid sweetener, olive oil and mayonnaise (if using) together.  Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese, if using (skip mayonnaise if using cheese); mix everything together well until the mixture thickens slightly.

Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Spread out evenly.  Microwave on high 2 minutes and 50 seconds (Your microwave might need different timing.  Mine is a Panasonic Inverter, 1200 watts).  Remove from microwave oven and immediately cut a cross in the bread, dividing it into 4 quadrants.  Take each piece and flip it over to allow the undersides to dry out a bit.  When cool, slice each piece in half horizontally so that you have 8 slices of bread that are more or less the size of a slice of store-bought raisin bread.  Place in the toaster and toast until nice and brown. Spread with Cinnamon Butter (see below) or peanut butter or low-sugar preserves.

Yield:  8 slices (with mayo)*
1 slice, 2 tbsp/3 tbsp raisins
114.0/117.8 calories
3.9/3.9 g protein
9.1/9.1 g fat
3.6/4.6 g net carbs

Variations:  Jiffy Plain Bread (great for toast):  Omit raisins, cinnamon, sweetener and salt.  Instead use 1/4 tsp (1 mL) onion salt.  This recipe makes nice grilled cheese sandwiches in a grilled cheese sandwich maker. Preheat the appliance.  Butter two slices of bread on the outsides and put lots of cheese in the middle. Yield: 8 slices, 1 slice: 103.6 cal; 5.2 g pro; 8.2 g fat; 1.7 g net carbs

CroutonsCut only 4 thick slices (i.e. don’t slice them horizontally to make thinner slices) and cut each slice into 36 little squares (6 x 6). In skillet with 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter, melted, add 2 slices, cut up and sprinkle 2 tsp (10 mL) Parmesan cheese over all.  Stir fry quickly to soak up butter.  Place on cookie sheet and bake in 300°F (150°C) 10 minutes, stir and bake another 10 minutes, or until nicely browned.  Keep in sealed tin at room temperature and use within 2 to 3 weeks. For 9 cubes: (0.9 g net carbs)

Breadcrumbs:  Toast 2 thin slices of plain bread version in a regular toaster and then blend finely in a food processor or blender. 2 slices, crumbed
(3.4 g net carbs)

Dairy-Free Jiffy Bread Options:  Use almond milk, OR coconut milk and mayonnaise options or skip the mayonnaise, although the bread is lovely and soft with it.  I have, Esther (Rosethorns), from to thank for this version.  She actually uses 3 tbsp (45 mL) mayonnaise in the recipe.  The carbs won’t be significantly different with almond milk or coconut milk versus heavy cream.

French Toast: Sally (Salamander) from says: I used 2 thin slices for the French toast. I mixed up one egg, a splash of heavy cream and a drop of EZ Sweetz (liquid sucralose). Soaked each slice briefly and put in the greased pan. The bread really soaked up the egg but I had extra mix in the bowl, so I just poured it over the slices. I thought it was delish!”

Helpful Hints:  *Without cheese or mayonnaise, the calories drop to 89.9 and 93.7 respectively and the carbs remain the same. One can mound this batter by 1/4 cupfuls (60 mL) in a greased muffin top pan and make 4 bun shapes instead (double the carbs).  Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven 12 minutes. 

*The nutritional analysis with Monterey Jack cheese:  Yield: 8 slices (with cheese), 1 slice, 2 tbsp (30 mL)/3 tbsp (45 mL) raisins: 111.7/115.1 calories; 5.5/5.3 g protein; 8.2/8.2 g fat; 3.5/4.4 g net carbs

Many uses for these wonderful butters: think of spreading muffins, pancakes, low-carb toast, crackers, etc. with this sweet butter, instead of fruit spread.  Yummy!  That is a photo off the internet to give you a visual; my cinnamon butter is a bit darker in color than that for sure.

Cinnamon Butter:
1/2 cup HealthyButter, page___ (125 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/3 cup sugar (75 mL)
2 tbsp whipping cream (30 mL)
1 tbsp cinnamon (15 mL)

In food processor with sharp blade, process Healthy Butter, page___, liquid sweetener, whipping cream and cinnamon until smooth.  Keep refrigerated. 

Yield:  1/2 cup (125 mL)
1 tsp (5 mL) per serving
41.3 calories
0.1   g  protein
4.6 g fat
0.2 g carbs

Variations:  Apple Cinnamon Butter:  Use Da Vinci® Sugar Free Green Apple Syrup instead of whipping cream. (0.1 g Carbs)

Apple Butter:  Substitute 11/2 tbsp (22 mL) Da Vinci® Sugar Free Green Apple Syrup for whipping cream and omit cinnamon. (0.0 g Carbs)

Create-a-Flavor Sweet Butter:  Use 11/2 tbsp (22 mL) any flavor Da Vinci® Sugar Free Syrup. (0.0 g Carbs

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