ACORN CRUSTED CORN BREAD DIPPED IN HONEY
How to Make Acorn Crusted Corn Bread Dipped in Honey
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES
1. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
2. Add the milk, eggs and butter; beat for 1 minute.
3. See the notes below on how to process acorns. Mix acorns and powdered sugar into a paste. Mix with butter and spread onto a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Pour cornbread mixture over nuts. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until bread is golden brown and tests done. Drizzle honey over cornbread.
Acorns are high in tannins, a bitter and astringent acid that irritates the digestive tract and causes constipation. However, tannins are water soluble. For a good tasting acorn, you have to leech the tannins with water. By following these instructions, you can safely incorporate this idealic nut into your diet. Enjoy!
Wild-crafted acorns should be hulled then soaked for three days, changing the water as often as possible, each time the water turns brown. If the acorns are bitter they need to be soaked longer.
1. Shell and chop into fine pieces.
2. Let stand in water, changing water to wash out the bitterness whenever the water turns dark brown (about 15 times over 4 days).
3. Roast in the oven until the acorn aroma fills in the house.
How Can Acorn Crusted Corn Bread Dipped in Honey Make You Feel Great?
Break off a steaming hunk of Acorn Crusted Cornbread, dip it into sticky-sweet honey, and take a delectable bite. Oops! There's a little honey stuck to your nose! Sweet, nutty, and steeped with buttery goodness, this recipe is sure to bring out the kid in you. In fact, why not make an adventure for the whole family? Head outside with a paper sack and fill it to the brim with acorns fallen from your lawn's great oak tree. Warm and aromatic cornbread made from hand-collected acorns is the perfect way to celebrate the harvest holiday.
Soul Food with a Rustic Twist
Cornbread recipes are an American staple- it seems every region has its own cultural rendition. In the South, you find the classic cornbread recipes. In the Southwest, you'll see green chili on the ingredient list. Emanate the Appalachians by incorporating acorn flour. Wild-crafted acorns contain tannins which are drying and bitter, but once you remove the tannins (see process below), they become nutty and rich. What a perfect crunchy crust for soulful cornbread! Using wild-crafted ingredients connects you and your family to food on a deep level- you will begin to understand nature's role more completely, becoming more thankful for the earth's elegant process. Your kids, who used to utilize acorns solely for their aerodynamic qualities (they are quite satisfying to try and throw over the roof), will begin to realize that acorns are also food. The squirrels have it right; acorns are delicious!
A Sweet Treat
Although corn meal is great for pacifying Kapha, the additions of sugar, butter, and whole wheat in this recipe end up provoking Kapha. Vata should still be cautious of the drying qualities of corn- they could become constipated or gassy. Here's a happy solution: Spread with more butter or ghee to increase the oily quality in Acorn Crusted Cornbread and enjoy!
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
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Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
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Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
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The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
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Lactose, Tree Nuts, Corn,
Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Though I appreciate the need to explore wild-crafted food ideas, acorns are extremely astringent (dry) unless very carefully rendered to remove the tannins. Though they actually are quite good at controlling blood sugar when used in non-sugary dishes, it requires a substantial amount of wasted water and labor to process them for consumption. Perhaps everyone should try it once to see what Native Americans (especially on the western half of the US) did to survive, but unless you've acquired the taste for them, it's probably not something most of us will ever choose to do twice. Bright blessings!
- Stephen, El paso, TX 06-01-11
In the article on acorns, we describe the method of processing acorns which is simple and doesn't take much effort (other than shelling). Many nuts, including those we buy at the grocery store, require processing. Some nuts, such as cashews, are poisonous unless they are processed.