Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Recipe for Biscuits and Gravy



Here is another delicious recipe using the buckwheat crispies (dehydrated, soaked buckwheat groats), this time the crispies have been ground up into a mild-tasting, lovely flour to make light biscuits, crunchy and crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside. If you don't have a dehydrator (I use an Excalibur dehydrator) you can set your oven to 125F, leave the door open a bit, and dehydrate that way for several hours until dry (not the most eco-friendly way to do it, but it gives you pretty good results and will help you decide whether a dehydrator is a good investment for you :)  This is an adaptation of Ani Phyo's Biscuits and Gravy in her book Ani's Raw Food Essentials.

INGREDIENTS FOR BISCUITS:

  • 2 C. Buckwheat Crispies
  • 1/4 C. Flaxseed
  • 1/4 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 C. filtered Water
    • Grind up the Crispies and the Flaxseed in a coffee bean grinder or a high speed blender until a light powder (the crispies) and a fine meal (the flaxseed).
    • Place 4 first ingredients in a food processor and mix well adding water last, and processing until you have a robust thick batter.
    • With a 1/3 C.measuring cup, scoop the dough and put onto a 14" Excalibur tray/sheet.  Touch up slightly with fingers to make a biscuit shape (they shape up pretty darn good-- my Grade Nine Home Ec. teacher would be proud)
    • You should get 8-10 biscuits.  Make a double batch if you like, just doubling all ingredients above.  
    • Dehydrate at 105F for about 8-10 hours and then flip and dehydrate another 2-4 hours (you want them crisp on the outside and NOT mushy on the inside)
    • You could add raisins, currents, dry cranberries, nuts, blueberries before making the batter if you don't want to go the savoury route.
MISO-ALMOND GRAVY INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 C. soaked, rinsed, hulled Almonds (I pop off the skins after a soaking)
  • 1/2 C. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Yellow Miso (I live on this stuff)
  • 2 tsp. fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 C. filtered Water
Blend everything together until smooth.  This is the best-tasting gravy I've ever made.  Ani Phyo uses cashews, and you can use any raw nut or seeds you want... I would soak (and rinse 3X) whatever nut you use for about 3-6 hours before-hand to remove the inhibitors which are a toxin of sorts).  The gravy will keep in your fridge for up to 5 days.  If nuts are an allergy issue, just use the other ingredients for a very passable substitution (with a little more olive oil).

I can imagine that these are delicious with strawberries and a "whipped kreme" (perhaps coconut?).  Enjoy!

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