Traci from Burnt Apple is a treasure among food bloggers and we were so pleased that she wanted to write a guest post for you. We love Traci's humility when she states that she "is not a cook" in her bio. We beg to differ, thank you. Traci creates delicious recipes that are diabetic friendly for her family and shares tips and tricks for making healthy meals that everyone—even kids!—can enjoy. Head over to her site and check out her plethora of recipes.
There really isn't anything better than a fresh loaf of bread straight out of the oven. The smell just permeates through the entire house and seems to leave any stomach within smelling distance grumbling in hunger. What I love even more is fresh melted butter on that piping hot piece of bread. And this accompanying recipe for raspberry butter is perfect! It's a sink-your-teeth-in-and-enjoy-a-bit-of-heaven-type snack. Or meal. Or if you're like me you find very quickly that half the loaf is gone in a matter of no time!
This recipe calls for Bob's Red Mill flour. I've found from experience that it provides a fantastic flour that gives me an airy, beautiful loaf every time. I've also used it when I teach cooking classes for making a fantastic gluten free multigrain loaf that pairs well with this raspberry butter. All of the ingredients—whether a gluten filled or gluten free loaf—are always easy to find as Bob's Red Mill supplies all of them for me.
I got into healthy cooking because I have a husband with Type 1 diabetes. He's had diabetes since he was four years old. At age 52, my Dad had a massive heart attack. He ran daily, ate moderately well, and was very active. I was told that what my Dad had could be passed down to me if I didn't take care of myself. I started to really take a look at the things that I was eating and switch certain things I was eating to be healthier. However, I had to convince my family and husband that eating vegetables and fruits weren't going to kill them. We learned to slowly switch the grains we were eating to more whole grains and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diet.
I started to make some of these meals for family and friends, and then they wanted to know the recipes (or how in the world I was able to get my husband to eat vegetables). I started to post different meals and then I had friends asking me to find recipes for them. Some were vegan, vegetarian, or lived a gluten free diet. Some had heart problems, or just wanted to start eating healthier. I now teach classes on how to save money at health and natural food stores and make healthy eating affordable for families, and also appear on local morning shows cooking some of these low cost healthier meals. My site Burnt Apple helps families do just that.
But for now, take a minute to share one of our favorite homemade recipes for bread and butter!
1 cup Warm Water
2 Tbsp White Sugar
1 .25 oz package Bread Machine Yeast
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
3 cups Bob's Red Mill bread flour or Bob's Red Mill unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp Salt
Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the breadmaker machine. Allow to sit for 10 minutes until yeast fully dissolves and mixture foams. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select “basic” or “white bread” machine setting.
RASPBERRY HONEY BUTTER
1/2 cup Butter (1 stick), softened
1/8 cup Honey or light agave nectar
1/2 cup Raspberry Jam (organic or all natural)
1/4 tsp Vanilla
Whip the butter until smooth, add honey until mixture is creamy, then blend the jam and vanilla in until fully incorporated. A great addition to toast, pancakes, waffles, bread, and crackers. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.