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aug2014-newstbHere at Anita’s Organic we currently have 25 different flours and are always looking to add new varieties to the family. This month our specials include three flours that may not be new members of the family but they are definitely the lesser known or under used cousins in this growing brood.

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Red Fife Whole Grain BreadI must admit to being a little lax with my bread baking of late. Maybe it’s this glorious summer that is keeping me from wanting to spend too long in the kitchen. But nothing beats that freshly baked bread smell. So here is one of my favourites and a staple in our house. Enjoy – J

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Nutty Chocolate Zucchini BreadSo most gardeners will tell you that they usually become overwhelmed with the sheer number of zucchinis that their gardens produce. So finding different ways to utilise this perfect summer crop is always a fun thing to do. A perfect way to use them is in this loaf. The combination of flours; a hint of spice; just the right amount of sweetness; chocolate; nuts and of course the zucchini make this loaf a perfect treat for any time of the day. Enjoy – J

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Almond & Raspberry Thumbprint CookiesSummertime is well and truly upon us and like lots of parents I find myself ‘sans’ offspring for a few weeks while one is working away for the summer and the other off to camp for a few weeks. Freedom I hear you all cry! So what exciting things might I get up to? Well quite frankly life continues as normal, there’s still work to do and even more chores (as there are no children around to put to work). Puppies still need looking after and of course I still need to bake. But as my allergy plagued child is away I can experiment with some ingredients I wouldn’t normally use which is kind of fun ;-) So these nut filled beauties (sorry baby girl) were a big hit with everyone who tried them. The combination of the not too sweet cookie; nuts and tart raspberry jam made them a lovely treat. Enjoy – J

Ingredients
  • 2 cup Anita’s Organic Barley Flour
  • 1 1/3 cups Anita’s Organic Raw Almonds, roughly ground (pulse a few times in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup neutral tasting oil (canola; grapeseed; safflower; coconut)
  • ½ cup maple syrup (# 3 grade tastes divine in this recipe)
  • Raspberry jam – or another tart jam

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Anita's Organic July 2014 NewsletterSummer, oh summer – how you crept up on us so quietly – springtime was pretty fabulous – will you be too? Will you help the grain crops that we so desperately rely on grow big and strong? Will you ripen those beautiful fruits and vegetables that no family dinner table should be without? Will you give us the rain we need to survive but enough sun so that we can play? Oh please beautiful summer, be kind to us. The lakes they are a calling and the mountains need some climbing.

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Spelt PizzaThis recipe is great for all you Spelt lovers out there. Here you can see it with my family’s favourite toppings (grilled veggies and pesto) but any topping will work well. As I grilled some of the vegetables on the barbeque I was tempted to try and bake the whole thing alfresco (as some customers have told me they do) but didn’t have the nerve. Maybe next time – watch this space. – J

Pizza Base

(Recipe makes 4 individual 6” size pizzas or 2 large 12” pizzas)

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups Anita’s Organic Sprouted Spelt
  • 2 cups Anita’s Organic All Purpose Spelt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Corn meal for dusting

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Strawberry Muffins

June 29, 2014

Strawberry MuffinsThese little beauties were adapted from a recipe from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton. They are a perfect start to the day and a great way to use any of your favourite fruits. I do love Dreena’s original recipe with blueberries but as strawberries are in season and I had some left over after jam making, it seemed a perfect combination. Enjoy with tea; sunshine and loved ones. They make a perfect Sunday morning treat – J

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic All Purpose Spelt Flour
  • 1/3 cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar (brown sugar and coconut sugar work well too)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp non dairy yoghurt (I used strawberry as that was all I had)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup non dairy milk
  • 3 tbsp neutral tasting oil
  • 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries, chopped

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Strawberry Crumble BarSo I couldn’t wait to try out my new batch of Strawberry Jam and this recipe was a perfect vehicle for it. Crumble has always been one of my favourite desserts, usually reserved for the colder months of the year, but a crumble bar is a perfect treat in the summer time. Perfect for lunches; picnics; and even afternoon tea. Enjoy – J

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Sprouted Kamut Flour
  • 1 ½ cups Anita’s Organic Rolled Oats
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar (brown sugar or coconut sugar work well too)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp Anita’s Organic Ground Flaxmeal mixed with 2 tbsp water and left to thicken)
  • ½ cup butter or non dairy alternative
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup jam

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june2014-iconThis month we are featuring two Ancient Grains that are gaining popularity and the attention of bakers everywhere – Emmer and Einkorn. Both grains can be traced back thousands of years and have remained unaltered by human hands since then.

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble with Emmer FlourOn a rainy Sunday, here in beautiful British Columbia, what better way to spend a day off but baking for your family. A perfect marriage of Anita’s Organic and The Local Harvest Market – Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble made with our Emmer Flour. This was served with whipped coconut cream and sprinkled with chopped walnuts; a pinch of cinnamon; and lots of love. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Fruit

  • 2 lbs rhubarb, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  • ½ to ¾ cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)

Crumble

  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Emmer Flour
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Can Sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup Anita’s Organic Shredded Coconut
  • ½ cup butter (or non-dairy alternative), chilled.

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