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Breadfruit Pancakes

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Yesterday I bought a breadfruit from Whole Foods.

Breadfruit

It is about the size of a cantaloupe but dark brown with a bumpy skin like a lichee. I looked online for recipes and came across a website for a breadfruit bake-off in Hawaii. It seemed to be a starchy basis for lots of different types of dishes, and many recipes started with steaming or boiling the breadfruit and then incorporating it into whatever dish. I, therefore, peeled, cored and sliced it before steaming it for 15 minutes. The recipes say it is steamed enough when it is easy to pierce with a fork and not to overcook it as it will get waterlogged. When it was steamed, I used some of it as the starchy basis for gluten-free pancakes. It is supposed to have a bread-like smell when cooked and as far as I can tell through my stuffed up nose it smells like the bread from Chinese pork buns, so nothing like French bread.

1 cup steamed breadfruit
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk (more if needed to thin the batter)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp grated lime zest
pinch salt
oil or butter for frying.

I combined the ingredients in the blender and added coconut milk until the batter was liquid enough to blend. Breadfruit seems to absorb a lot of liquid. The batter was not perfectly smooth–there were still some lumps–think latkes. Spoon a silver dollar pancake into a hot frying pan.

The pancakes were bland but pleasant, held together pretty well and would be good with maple syrup although I ate them plain. They are a filling carb.

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

imageThese were simple and delicious.

The original recipe was on Epicurious, but I modified it by leaving out the red pepper, and reducing the onion, to suit my diet which has to be low in nightshade plants and onion.

Two pounds of sweet potato, diced
Bacon I use four to six slices depending on my mood
1/4 onion chopped, I reduce this because really I shouldn’t have any
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt and black pepper

Chop the bacon into small strips. Fry bacon, remove from pan, fry onion in bacon fat. Add sweet potato, cover and cook until soft. Add bacon, thyme, salt and pepper.