Monday, January 05, 2009

Addiction

Any foodie on Canada's west coast is probably addicted to Leslie Stowe's "Raincoast Crisps." So imagine my delight, when, while visiting a friend, she serves up what I am convinced are none other than the Raincoast crisps with an assortment of cheese and I discover that she has made them herself. Of course I just had to have the recipe and make them as soon as possible. These little bites are chalked full of goodness and absolutely amazing with raw goat cheese, brie or even just on their own. The raisins, or whatever dried fruit you use, add just a hint of sweetness and I love the nutty flavour. My tastbuds are still dancing.


2 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 C buttermilk
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C honey
1 C raisins (or other dried fruit...try cranberries, orange peel, or a mixture)
1/2 C chopped nuts (I used almonds, but you could also use pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc)
1/2 C roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
1/4 C sesame seeds
1/4 C flax seed, ground
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 F

In large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt. Add buttermilk, brown sugar and honey. Stir a few times. Add dried fruit, nuts, seeds and rosemary and stir until just blended.

Pour batter into two 4 x8 greased loaf pans. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden and springy to touch. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

Next you must slice very thin. This step is easier the cooler the loaf. Leave until the next day, or pop in the freezer to cool. Slice as thin as you can and place the slices in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Reduce oven to 300 F and bake for about 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crisp and a deep golden.

Guaranteed to become an addictive habit.

26 comments:

Mark said...

Sounds and looks very yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Isle Dance said...

Those look amazing. Lucky you!

paris parfait said...

Sounds fab - if I can just find flax seed in this city, I'll try the recipe.

Carla said...

Mark, You're most welcome.

Isle Dance, They really are delicious.

Carla said...

Tara, The first time I made the recipe, I omitted the flax seed because I didn't have it on hand and they turned out just fine. I think there is a lot of flexibility in this this recipe.

JBelle said...

Bless you, my Darling. The Gods have smiled!

The Fool said...

Hlo Nomad. What the heck, I have room for another habit. I still use that Chai recipe you posted way back...and this one looks to be a keeper, too. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to make a batch this weekend.

Carla said...

JBelle, I believe in sharing all good things.

Fool, Make at your own risk. I'm already seriously addicted. But I like to think that they are fairly healthy.

Aaoiue said...

Even with the recipe I'm unable to do something like this (now). I'm only a good cooker in soups (*_+). But I'm good in eating and it seems delicious!

Carla said...

Aaoiue, I am sure you would have no problem to make this. A good soup recipe would be good though with all the cold weather we've been having.

Steffi said...

Delicious!Thank you for this recipe,Carla!I will try it out!

Carla said...

Steffi, I hope you like it.

VE said...

Flax alert, flax alert.

Sorry...I say that anytime my wife buys something with Flax. Now whenever I see flax I do it. Don't worry, I'll go seek counseling...

Envoy-ette said...

OOOoooooo....Must try these!
(you are generous to share the recipe!)

Carla said...

VE, If flax is your biggest hang up, I think you'll be just fine.

Envoy-ette, You will be the talk of the party if you serve these. Guaranteed.

sirdar said...

Look and sounds good. Might have to encourage my Dawn to make them for us one day. I know you're probably thinking "why don't you make them?". Trust me, it would be better if she made them :-)

Carla said...

Sirdar, I've seen the recipes Dawn posts on her blog and it looks like she's a terrific cook. I think she would do a fabulous job with any recipe she's given.

Cheryl said...

As one of those aforementioned Raincoast Crisp addicts, I could kiss you - I have been looking for this recipe for years!
A huge thanks to you (and your brilliant friend) for sharing!

Carla said...

Cheryl, I gave some to my Mom the other day and her comment was, "this is it!!!" We're all very excited here. If you like the specific combos Leslie Stowe uses, check her website.

Jannie said...

Never had those but when in Canada I am totally addicted to Nanaimo Bars. Got a good recipe for those, O Kootenay Lass? I think I'd be tempted to gain five pounds in one days on them.

Maggie said...

Addictions are good as long as you keep trading them out right, this weekend has your recipe all over it.

Carla said...

Jannie, It's been ages since I had a Nanaimo bar. But at one point they were very popular with everyone around.

Maggie, I believe in sharing all good things. Let me know how you like them.

Stefano said...

Just to say I enjoyed a lot your blog! Actually I'm living in a sort of Nelson fascination and your photos and comments have nurtured it... Coming from a big city, sometime I wonder wheter it would be boring to live in such a tiny place.. but something inside tells me it is not! Brava Carla!

Carla said...

Stefano, Thanks for your comments and welcome. I wouldn't live in just any small city, but Nelson is anything but boring. I really should write more about all the happenings around here.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Oh My!
I do have an addiction to Raincoasts,and in Alabama that is not a good addiction to have.
I will be making some this weekend.
Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Sandi, You have good taste, gal. Hope you enjoy the recipe.