Because I was pretty busy, I only tried a couple of new recipes this week, but they were both yummy!
The first was this Apple Clafoutis that I made based on Kimi’s recipe at the Nourishing Gourmet. I saw her Cherry version of this recipe over the summer and knew I had to try it. It took me a while to get to it but inspiration struck over the weekend.
I used apples instead of cherries so that I could use seasonal fruit and it was really a delight. I used her coconut version of this recipe which works perfectly for the GAPS diet. I omitted the baking soda but for people not on GAPS, I am sure the baking soda would make it more fluffy than mine turned out.
If you use a bit less honey or other sweetener, I think that this would make a great pastry for breakfast, even though it is traditionally a dessert.
Homemade Yogurt Fruit Leather:
Since I have a dehydrator now, I feel like there is a whole world of foods that I can now make. One of these is fruit leather which my son loves.
When I was looking through the recipe booklet for the dehydrator, it talked about making fruit leather out of fruit yogurt. I thought this sounded great!
So I made my first try with bananas, dates and homemade goat yogurt. I blended everything up like a smoothie and then poured it onto the dehydrator sheet. I spread it evenly over the sheet and then left it to dry for about 5-6 hours at 135 F.
Then I carefully peeled it off with the help of a knife and cut it into strips. I thought it tasted good, a bit like banana yogurt.
The real test is always when I give Elijah something new to try. My husband actually was the first to give it to him in the morning while I slept in. When I woke up, Elijah said:
Yes, he was talking about the fruit leather. My husband said he tasted it, then dropped it on the floor a couple times and then thew it in the trash can. And then said, “Yucky, yucky!” (Btw, he’ll be 2 the end of December).
So that was try number one. Then I decided to bring some with us on our morning out to do some errands. I gave him a piece and he put it on the arm of his carseat and said yucky. He kind of placed it there like he was saving it for later.
Then I took a bite, then my husband, and then Elijah decided to devour the last of the two pieces I brought. I am not sure what changed but suddenly he liked it. Or maybe he just didn’t want us to eat it!
I have given it to him a couple times since and I have yet to figure out if he likes it or if he thinks it’s “yucky.”
For me, I think the banana taste is pretty strong when it’s dried so this probably wasn’t the best choice to start with. But I did think it was good start. I’d like to try strawberry next time, and I’m pretty sure he’ll like it better because he loves strawberries.
Anyway, that is my little story about the fruit leather!