Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kiesser's Seed and Nut Bread - Gluten Free

My husband is currently doing a no grain diet and the Seed and Nut Bread that I have been making has oats in it. So, I decided to make my mother-in-law's Seed and Nut Bread instead. It is a combination of many different seeds - Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax and Sesame Seeds with a few sliced (or chopped) Hazelnuts and Almonds. It is held together by eggs and a bit of olive oil and salt. It turns out as a dense, yet easily sliceable bread, although it is best to let it cool before you try to remove it from the pan.  I used a long and narrow bread pan to make the slices higher instead of so long. This bread is delicious by itself, but I like it slathered with good Danish butter for breakfast.

Kiesser's Seed and Nut Bread

4 cups mixed Seeds and Nuts -  used 1 cup Sunflower, 1 cup Sesame, 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds, 1/2 cup Flax Seeds, 1/2 cup Chia Seeds and 1/4 cup each of chopped Hazelnuts and Sliced Almonds
5 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Salt
1/3 cup Olive Oil or melted Coconut Oil

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the inside of a bread pan. In a large bowl, mix together the seeds and nuts.  Add in the eggs, salt and Olive Oil (or Coconut Milk).  Mix thoroughly and pour into the pan.  Let sit for 30 minutes.  Then bake for one hour.  Let sit until cool before removing from the pan and slicing

Five Element Analysis

Seeds belong to the Water Element and so do the eggs, so this is a very Watery bread.  The Hazelnuts and Almonds contribute the Earth Element and the Olive Oil brings in just a hint of the Wood Element.  But in order to create a Five Element balance, it needs to be served with Tea or Coffee for the Fire Element and some fruit preserves would be good for the Earth Element and add a Wood Food, like citrus to create balance.

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