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I made Alissa's carrot raisin bread and morning muffins this evening and they're in the dehydrator right now. The carrot dough seemed okay, but the muffin dough was incredibly dense and hard. I'm worried that dehydrating is going to turn those muffins into little hockey pucks.
Has anyone made this muffin recipe and had a similar problem? The biggest difference I could tell between the two recipes is that the carrot bread is mostly sprouted wheat, while the muffins are mostly nuts. Are nut-based bread doughs always a bit tougher?
11-04-2005, 01:23 AM
YES, I made the morning muffins.
I followed the recipe perfectly too, and they were hard little hockey pucks for sure, you might choose to take them out and try them before they are done.
My dog loved them.
11-04-2005, 07:04 AM
Mine were great...very dense....so I made sure to not overdo them in the dehydrator...they were lovely and soft on the inside with a slightly firmer outside....just remember to pop them in the dehydrator (if possible) before you eat them to give them a little oomph. I loved 'em.
Can you let me know how the carrot raisin turns out? That's my next project:> I am looking for a less nut-based type bread. I'm also eyeing the banana bread:>
11-04-2005, 09:00 AM
How convenient that this topic is here.
I tried the blueberry bread last night. It is dehydrating now.
I used buckwheat instead of wheat...and I didn't pay attention to the directions and threw the blueberries in the food processor with everything else. Instead of folding in the blueberries at the end. I was so use to all recipes kind of having you just throw everything in the blender or processor.
Anyway...do you think either of these things will affect how it turns out?
The bread is a pretty purple color anyway. :o
11-04-2005, 09:30 AM
I can't predict how it will turn out...but please let us know. Why did you choose buckwheat over wheat berries? Just curious:>
11-04-2005, 12:47 PM
Well, there is a real simple answer...and than a not quite as simple answer.
Simple answer....it's what I had in the house. ;)
A bigger answer...
I read that buckwheat wasn't a grain, it is actually a fruit seed. So I thought maybe it would be easier on my toddler than wheat. Sadly his favorite food is bread. I am hoping to find some healthy breads and crackers that sneak in nutrition, fruit, veg, etc.. :rolleyes:
And...I haven't actually ventured in to the world of sprouting yet. I have seen alot of recipes where they just soak the buckwheat and don't sprout it. Because it is not a grain? So that is what I did... I used soaked unsprouted buckwheat.
If I am doing something terribly wrong, I don't mind correction. :o
11-05-2005, 03:45 PM
I'm waiting to hear how the bread turns out. I just bought a dehydrator and want to try some muffins, or breads. I bought the American Harvest brand from Walmart, and this may prevent me from making "high" breads, but looking to try something. I hate wasting ingredients, so a fool-proof recipe would be GREATLY appreciated, especially on the first try!
11-05-2005, 03:53 PM
The only fool-proof recipes I know of, are in Alissa's book, for sure, they are fantastic.
So, if you don't have her book, you want to buy it, and if you do, you want to use it. :o)
11-05-2005, 04:02 PM
One reason I bought a cheaper dehydrator, was because I KNEW it was time to order that book.....it's a done deal. :D
Okay, so the carrot raisin bread came out pretty well. It's actually a bit too sweet for my tastes, as I was hoping to recreate the Nature's Path manna bread. Next time I will add less sweetener. I also grated my carrots on the large side of my grater, and the carrots ended up still being a bit crunchy in the bread. Next time I will grate my carrots finer so that they will get softer.
The morning muffins didn't turn out very well at all. The texture stayed pretty hard and dense, and the taste was lacking in my opinion. I'll be feeding those to a friend's dog. Always worth a try, though. I hope others have more success!!
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