Posts tagged ‘White Flour’

Pumpkin Pancakes

I’ve been trying to use up last fall’s frozen pumpkin puree before this fall hits with a fresh batch. We’ve had these pancakes over and over.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour
2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or softened Earth Balance margarine)
2-4 tablespoons agave
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.In a bowl mix both kinds of flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.
2. In another bowl whisk the milk,  pumpkin puree, egg, oil, agave, and vanilla.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix using a spatula until combined.
4. Spray a pan with oil.
5. Use an ice cream  scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter.
6. Spread the batter using a spoon or the back of the icecream scoop.
7. Cook on medium low heat till you see small bubbles on top.
8. Flip the pancake and cook on the other side.


September 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Pfeffernüsse Cookies

To end our Thanksgiving meal, we enjoyed both kuchen and pfeffernüsse cookies. Here’s how I adapted the recipe for our family’s dietary needs. These can be just a tad bit spicy if you get a bite with fresh ground pepper. Yummy!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole spelt flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 TBSP vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 large egg (we also made these with egg replacer once, and they were very soft and yummy)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • confectioner’s sugar for rolling (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat the shortening and honey together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg, then lower mixer speed and gradually mix in the dry, beating just until blended. Let the dough chill for about 10 minutes to firm up.
  4. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls and roll into balls. Place balls an inch apart on prepared baking sheets and bake about 15 minutes, or until golden and slightly cracked. When cookies are still lightly warm, roll in confectioner’s sugar to completely coat the cookies, if you’d like. Store in an airtight container. Sometimes cookies with spices taste best around 3 days after baking, when the flavors have settled.

November 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Knoephla Soup

We celebrated a Germans from Russia Thanksgiving this year. This was another winner year – there was so much delicious food. I borrowed this recipe for Knoephla – a potato and dumpling soup – from the Prairie Californian. It was our first course, and what a great way to start the meal!

I needed to make a dairy-free version of the soup, so this is how I did it. And I used white spelt flour for the knoephla, but any white flour should do.


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Bill’s Best Chik’nish
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 TBSP Earth Balance margarine
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 12-oz package Mori-Nu Silken Tofu (soft)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dill weed

Knoephla (Dumplings)

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened soymilk
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups white spelt flour


  1. Combine water, bay leaves, Chik’nish, and potatoes in a large heavy bottomed pot. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are tender.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the margarine and saute onions until tender and slightly browned. Add to the broth.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, make the knoephla. Combine eggs and soymilk in a large bowl, beat to combine. Add flour and baking powder, mix together well until dough forms.
  4. Drop knoephla into the broth. You can do this by either rolling the dough into a rope (about ½ inch) and cut into pieces (about ¼ inch). Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the dumplings begin to rise.
  5. Blend the tofu in a food processor until it is nice and creamy.
  6. Just before serving, add the blended tofu and warm. Salt and pepper to taste, season with dill weed. If desired, thicken with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch + 1 tablespoon of water.

November 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment


Out of all the recipes I tried in the month of September, the only new recipe I saved for my collection was Sambousek (my pitas were delicious but incredibly pocket-less). Here’s my recipe for Saudi Arabian turnovers.

1 pound ground beef
2 grated onions
salt and pepper
1 tsp cumin

3 cups flour
2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
3.4 oz oil
up to 8 oz water

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, fennel, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.
2. Add oil to the flour mixture and mix until crumbly.
3. Add just enough of the water to the flour mixture to create a dough. Knead until smooth. Set aside, covered and warm, for 1 hour.
4. Cook beef, onions, cumin, salt and pepper in a frying pan over low heat until beef is browned.
5. When the dough is ready, roll it out and cut it into circles with an 8- to 10-cm diameter. Place 1 TBSP of beef filling in the center of each circle. Fold in half. Seal by pressing the edges, then rolling them upward in a clever pattern.
6. Heat more oil in a large frying pan and fry the sambousek on each side until lightly browned.

February 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

North American: Sugar Cookies

I thought I could count on Pillsbury this last weekend when we had a Christmas party at our house. I bought the sugar cookie package, followed the directions, and ended up with a big pile of sugar-cookie-flavored slop. So, twenty minutes before the party began, I sent Jeff to the store for a bag of flour, and I got out my mom’s old recipe. She saved the day! Plus, guest got to help with the baking as well as the decorating. They enjoyed getting their hands dirty.

These cookies are one of my favorite parts about Christmas.

2 cups sugar
1 cup margarine
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP hot water
1 tsp baking soda
4-5 cups flour

1. Cream together the sugar and margarine.
2. Beat the two eggs in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup. Add the milk and eggs to the sugar and margarine mixture.
3. Stir in the vanilla.
4. In a small bowl, pour the hot water over the baking soda and stir. Add to the mixture.
5. Stir in the flour, bit by bit, until the dough becomes thick enough to roll out.
6. Roll out, use your cookie cutters, and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees.
7. Cool the cookies on a rack, then decorate like crazy.

December 24, 2008 at 11:43 am 3 comments

NORTH AMERICAN: Pride of Iowa Cookies

My mom has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember. Enjoy.

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup pecan meal
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
as many chocolate chips as you like–I dump in the whole bag
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Mix together everything except the oatmeal. Then add the oatmeal and mix thoroughly. Roll into small balls the size of walnuts. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes or until light brown.

October 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment