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Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

If you like creme brulee, you are going to love this seasonal recipe for Pumpkin Creme Brulee!  If you have missed creme brulee because you are dairy free, this recipe is no compromise. It is delicious and creamy, a perfect Autumn dessert! Creme Brulee is an easy fancy dessert, but it is also comfort food, it is prepared in advance, chilled and finished off minutes before serving.  I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t love it. You are getting the nutritional benefits of egg yolks, pumpkin and good fat in this dessert.

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Ingredients:

1 Large Pastured Egg

4 Large Pastured Egg Yolks

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree

1/4 Cup Clear Honey

1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk, No Additives

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice, Organic Gluten Free 

1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

4 Teaspoons Clear Honey for the Tops of Creme Brulee

Directions:

Grease 4 ramekins with organic palm shortening or coconut oil. Directions: Preheat your oven 325º degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk together your egg and yolks, honey and vanilla extract. Set aside. In a medium, heavy pot, add your coconut milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Over medium heat, scald your coconut milk mixture.  When the milk mixture is scalded, slowly add a cup of the scalded milk to your egg mixture whisking constantly. Now, pour your egg yolk mixture slowly back into the remaining scalded milk in the pot, whisking as you do so. (This is done slowly to emulsify and not cook the eggs.)

Pour the custard into the four ramekins, dividing evenly. Place the ramekins in a baking pan that has at least 3 inch sides.  Pour boiling water into the pan so it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes until custard is almost set but still a little soft in the center. It is important not to over bake.  Cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or up to two days, covered.

When ready to serve, remove creme brulee from the refrigerator, place a teaspoon of warmed honey on each creme brulee and caramelize the honey with a blow torch or place under your oven broiler for 2 to 3 minutes watching carefully. I used a kitchen blow torch, and it creates a thick delicious topping.  It will not reach the crunchy stage like when using sugar, but it is unique and really decadent.  Sprinkle with a dusting of cinnamon. Serve!

Makes 4 Creme Brulee

 

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Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti

One of my favorite cookies of all time is biscotti! It is elegant, and I love the shape! Biscotti means twice baked, and the first documented recipe originated in Italy. You start by baking it in a log shape, letting it cool, and then cutting it into long slices and baking it again so it is crunchy and dry, perfect for dipping in a hot beverage. Biscotti and I have a long history.  I am known to get the biscotti jar out when company is over and we are playing cards and having coffee.  I am so happy that eating SCD and Paleo doesn’t mean I have to give up my biscotti! This is a wonderful Autumn recipe with pumpkin and tart cranberries that you are sure to love!

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti

Preheat Oven 350º

Ingredients:

1 3/4 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree, SCD Legal

3 Tablespoons Clear Honey

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract

1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (Fruit Juice Sweetened)

1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds for the Top

In a medium bowl, whisk together the first five dry ingredients. In a seperate small bowl, melt your honey a few seconds in the microwave, and then whisk in the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.  Add this to the dry ingredients and stir together vigorously until a ball forms.  Remove the dough from the bowl and knead in the dried cranberries.  Then, place your dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and form into a 14 x 8 inch log.  Flatten the top and press the sliced almonds into the top of the dough. It should look like this after it is baked the first time.

Cranberry Pumpkin BIscotti Loaf

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti Loaf Cooled and Ready to Slice

Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack for one hour. Place cooled log on a cutting board and gently slice with a serrated knife on a diagonal into 1/2 inch slices.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and return to the oven and bake seven minutes. Remove from oven and turn biscotti to opposite side and continue baking another 7 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti Second Baking

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscotti  Ready for Second Baking

Cool Completely before storing. Makes 16 Biscotti

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SIBO Low FodMap Specific Carb Diet Food Guide

Good Morning Lovely People!

I am feeling so good following the Low FodMap Sibo Food guide developed by Dr. Allison Siebecker.  This is the guide I use when developing my recipes, and I wanted to share it with you.  It is very helpful because it lists all the food in categories and breaks them down further into which ones are the lowest FodMap to the highest and also the illegal ones on the SCD Diet. Click the link below to view it and print it.  I refer to it all the time and even take it to the grocery store with me!

Dr. Siebeckers Sibo Low FodMap Food Guide

Have a beautiful day!

Sam

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Pork Ragu Bolognese Sauce

If you are looking for a delicious meaty bolognese sauce, then this one is sure to hit the spot!  I cannot call it classic, because it doesn’t contain dairy, and I have taken some liberties beyond the  Academia Italiana della Cucina‘s official definition so it is Specific Carb Diet friendly.  But I have to say, it tastes pretty darn authentic!

Pork Ragu Bolognese

Pork Ragu Bolognese

You start with a Soffrito Base also known as the Holy Trinity…Carrots, Onions (Green Onions in this Case) and Celery, finely chopped.

Saffritto for Pork Ragu Bolognese

Saffritto for Pork Ragu Bolognese

Pork Ragu Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Bunch of Scallions, Green Parts Only Sliced

4 Carrots, Peeled and Finely Diced

4 Stalks of Celery, Finely Diced

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Himalayan Pink Salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Black Pepper

2 Pounds Ground Pork

1 Cup of Dry Red Wine

1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk, no additives

1 28 oz. Jar Organic Strained Tomatoes

2 Cups Chicken Stock (homemade if you have it)

Directions: Finely Dice your Scallions, Celery and Carrots.  Add two tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil to a large stock pan over medium high heat. I love this brand and used the 5 quart braiser for this recipe, if you are looking for a good versatile pot. Add your scallions, celery and carrots and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt and 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper. Sautee for five minutes until starting to brown and they are tender, stirring occasionally.  Turn heat to high and add the two pounds of ground pork sprinkled with another 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt and 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, and continue to cook, breaking up the meat until the meat is starting to caramelize. Don’t skip the caramelization! It adds flavor! It will take about ten minutes.

Soffritto Ready to Sautee

Soffritto Ready to Sautee

When meat has caramelized and you have a nice brown coating on the bottom of your pan, you deglaze! Pour the red wine into the pan, bring to a boil for one minute scraping the bottom of the pan to release all the brown bits and flavor. Add your stock, tomato puree and coconut milk and bring to a boil.  Then, turn heat to a low simmer and cover the pot 3/4 with the lid and simmer for four hours until very thick and reduced.  If it starts sticking before the four hours add more stock just a half cup at a time. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Pork Ragu Bolognese Sauce

Pork Ragu Bolognese Sauce

Serve over noodles of your choice.  I used zucchini noodles in the photo below, I have also served it with spaghetti squash noodles.

Pork Ragu Bolognese

Pork Ragu Bolognese

Buon Appetito!

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