So, in the mean time, I have to find ways to sneak veggies and (oddly) fruits into their carb loving diets (don’t know who they got that from…) I’m running out of ideas! I have even dusted off my ‘Deceptively Delicious’ cookbook, which I threw by the wayside after my daughter was born because the recipes seemed too complicated to me. I thumbed through 3 or 4 recipes and put it right back in the moving box…I don’t know what it is, but those recipes still seem waaaay too complicated, or uninspiring, or maybe the pictures turn me off, something….have you ever cooked anything from the ‘Deceptively Delicious’ book??? How was it??
So even though I want to love ‘Deceptively Delicious’ I have to look elsewhere for culinary inspiration. When I’m in a hurry and need a recipe fast, I always turn to my trusted food site: allrecipes.com Here is a wonderful recipe I adapted from allrecipes for pear bread. I ended up with what I will call:
THE PERFECT PAIR BREAD (the pair being pears and cranberries…get it!?)
½1/2 cup Vegtable Oil
(you can sub applesauce or baby food pears instead…I bet pureed carrots might even work…or pureed pineapple…hmmmm??)
1 cup Sugar
(the bread turned out sweet, so you could probably even get away with ½1/2 cup if you wanted….or be bad and use the whole cup, just this once…)
2 cups of Pears, peeled and chopped
½1/2 lemon, juiced
1 cup of dried Cranberries
1 tsp Vanilla
1 ½ cups Flour
1/2½ tsp baking powder
½1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Peel and chop pears. Place in small bowl and toss with lemon juice. Mix oil, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until well blended. Add pears and vanilla and combine.
In a separate bowl (I did mine all in the same bowl…tisk tisk) mix remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined. Stir in cranberries.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 35-45 min or until golden and toothpick comes out clean. (I doubled my recipe and baked for 60+ min, so I am not quite sure on the cooking time for one batch…just keep an eye on it…)
I nearly made myself sick eating so much of it at once, but it’s just that good!!! And, I think it goes without saying, that the kids gave it ‘two fists’ up (they were shoveling it in their little mouths with both fists, faster than they could chew!)