Thursday, July 11, 2013

Acorn Bread

I made acorn bread this morning for the first time.  I have been reading about foods that are native to Texas and then expanded that to foods that early peoples might have eaten, especially hunter-gather groups.  Acorns came up frequently as a food source.  I read about how to make your own acorn flour, which involves removing the tannic acid from it, but it is a lot of work and I just wanted to try cooking with it. 

I ended up going to a Korean grocery store and buying Acorn Starch.  I am still not sure it is what I want it to be and have found opinions differ widely online, but I tried it and it worked just fine.  In all fairness though, it feels like corn starch and when it was in the bag, it had the "squeaky" feel when I pinched the package together, just like starch.  But I tried it anyway.

The dark color comes from the acorn flour.  I used Korean Acorn Starch, which some people say is the same as flour and some say is not.  I found a place online which quoted a man who teaches cooking with acorn flour who said that the Koreans grind their flour so fine it is as small as starch, but that you could still cook with it if used with some whole wheat flour.  So that is what I did.
There is a lot of interesting information on the web about acorn flour and how much it has been used for thousands of years.  I was intrigued and wanted to try it.  It is kind of cool to eat something that human beings have been eating since at least the Mesolithic period.  I watched a documentary by the BBC on YouTube called Wild Food.  It is a five-part show on hunter-gathers in Great Britains' history.

 Here is how I did it:

1 cup acorn flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 eggs worth of Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy milk

Preheat oven to 400F.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put into a loaf pan.  Mine is silicon so I did not have to oil and flour the bottom.  Bake for about 30 minutes.

It has a nice flavor.  Try it!

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