Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter-y Picnic Food
You know, when I was a cooked food eater, I liked hot cross buns a lot more than eggs at Easter so when I was deciding what to make for today's raw picnic I wanted to go for a raw Hot Cross Bun. I knew of a recipe by Elaina Love called Cinnamon Rolls and it looked really yummy so I decided to try it.

Since the recipe is already on-line in a number of places I'll publish it here if you want it, with my changes noted:

Elaina's Cinnamon Rolls ( from Alissa Cohen's book)

2 1/2 C almond meal (left over from almond milk)I used brazil nut pulp, cos it was sitting in the freezer)
2 1/2 Cflax meal (grind 1 1/3 C whole flax seeds
1 C soft dates, firmly packed
1/8 C pure waterI needed a LOT more water - don't know how much though
1/4 tsp celtic sea saltI omitted this altogether
dash cayenne (optional) I didn't use this
1/4 C olive oil or coconut butter I used coconut oil

Blend dates and water in food processor or blender till a paste. I used my coffee grinder blade
Mix everything together in a large bowl and work with your hands till dough is well mixed.
Place dough on teflex sheet and form into 1/4 inch thick square using hands to shape it.
Cover with another teflex sheet and roll with rolling pin till dough is uniform thickness. I don't have an Excalibur dehydrator so I just used baking paper, one piece under and one on top.
Prepare filling.

1/2 C soft pitted dates, firmly packed
1/2 C raisins (sultanas)
1T cinnamon I replaced this with Mesquite powder
1/8 C pure water
extra raisins
1/2 C soaked and dehydrated walnuts, coarsely choppedI left these out

Puree 1st 4 ingredients in food processor till smooth.
Spread this mixture onto the dough.
Sprinkle with extra raisins (sultanas) and walnuts.
Using teflex sheet on the bottom to push, roll the dough tightly.
Wrap the roll in teflex or wax paper and refridgerate till chilled.
Slice into desired thickness and dehydrate at 105 deg till warm.
I didn't dehydrate

It looks like a long and difficult recipe but it took me less than 45 minutes to produce a really delicious and fancy looking dish. If (when) I make it again I think I'll actually make two rolls from the one recipe as this was quite hard to roll up and it was also really rich so smaller pieces might be better. But it was really very yummy and I enjoyed it a lot, and everyone at the picnic agreed. My Mum thought it looked delicious - it was her idea to decorate with frangipanis from our garden. The coconut flavour really came through delightfully.

And I have to give an absolutely MASSIVE thankyou to my good friend Kate, who helped me figure out how to take AMAZING pictures on my camera. I have been getting really disheartened by how bad my pictures are so I'm sooooooooooo excited to have these amazing pics to show you. Hopefully there are many more to come! And Kate is going to come over next week and help me design a custom blog template. Kate rocks.

This is some salad that Rachan bought to the picnic, it was really yummy too, especially when mixed with the Indian Spinach Dip Kate and Chris bought (from Alissa Cohen's book, I think).

Have a great day everyone!


At 10:41 pm, Blogger Veg*Triathlete said...

Wow, you're not kidding about the improved pictures! The food styling is gorgeous - love the flowers and the clarity of the buns shot! Enjoy your picnic :-)

At 11:26 pm, Anonymous Kate Quinn said...

Hey Freedom, the pics came out great! I think tho you rock, I roll :)

Glad you posted the recipe too, I was going to email you just now asking for it :)

See ya next week!

At 11:12 pm, Blogger veganswiss said...

Hello, I just found this very interesting blog. I write and speak little English, sorry. Just can translate well try the recipe too much.
Many greetings from Switzerland.

At 2:02 pm, Blogger Cherry said...

Those hot cross buns sound amazing, I just might try them! Lately I've been interested in eating more raw foods, especially raw desserts. Your pictures are great too!

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I made these yesterday for my kids' Easter Egg Hunt. They were a huge success! I don't have a dehyrator, so used the oven at lowest temp with door open for 2 hours. The consistency was more like a food bar (think Larabar-ish). :) Also, I made an icing to do the crosses on top. Thanks for posting this!

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