Everything Cereal

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date: January 7, 2018
Yield: 4-5 quarts
Time needed: 75 minutes

This is a good-tasting granola relying primarily on oat flakes and flours. I chose to grind the buckwheat and regret I did not also grind the sesame seeds. I have not been able to find grape nuts on the supermarket shelves for some time. It was never the most popular of cereals, though there were some aficionados such as myself. So I substituted another old favourite, Red River cereal.

I like the fact that this is baked at a relatively cool temperature. It makes it easier to control the level of browning.

Everything Cereal

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Chameleon Spice Cake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 28, 2017
Yield: 12 servings
Time needed:1 hour + time to cool & add icing

I tried the banana version of this versatile cake. The cake itself was ok, but rather humdrum. A lighter flour, such as unbleached white flour might have let the taste of the spices come through better.
I made the icing, but threw it out; powdered milk is no good substitute for icing sugar!!! The icing you see in the photo was a more standard recipe and much better tasting.

Chameleon Spice Cake (banana)

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Quick Mix – Muffins

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 27, 2017
Yield: approximately 2 quarts mix, 1 dozen muffins
Time needed: 25 minutes

Several of my cookbooks have a recipe for a baking mix which can used to make pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, etc. in a jiffy.  Quick Mix is one of these.  Of course, a well-prepared cook would have made the mix a week or more ago and just need to reach into the fridge for it.  Bulk food sections often have similar commercial mixes. But if you would like to make your own, here is the recipe. The soy flour, instant dry milk and wheat germ make this a protein-packed mix.

I found the plain basic muffins rather tasteless and regretted that I had not tried one of the optional additions.

Quick Mix

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