I actually planned on posting this bread recipe earlier in the week, with a separate Thanksgiving post to follow suit, but I started a new job and things have been a little crazy. So, I'm combining the two in case anyone still needs any gluten free/vegan Thanksgiving inspiration or a new loaf of bread to try. The bread recipe is listed first, followed by links to Thanksgiving-worthy dishes in the archives.
I've had sort of a similar experience with garbanzo bean flour. I bought some a while ago intending to try to experiment with it. But there it sat in the pantry. I think part of the reason for its neglect was that my first experience with it wasn't pleasant. The raw dough tasted bean-y in the most unpleasant way possible. And, the finished product was not much better. This pretty much put me completely off of the flour. It was a shame because I had bought the Flying Apron's Gluten Free & Vegan Baking Book right before that incident and many of the recipes relied on garbanzo flour.
Even though I can't (and won't) eat kinder bueno or the ever-popular nutella, I can still appreciate the hazelnut and chocolate combination. I've visited this combination on the blog before with some toasted hazelnut chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, hazelnut espresso truffles, chocolate cherry hazelnut no bake cookies, and a chocolate chunk and hazelnut muffin. But, I decided to go a little more basic this time and turn it into a nut butter. Before you say anything, no, this is not nutella. It's more like a slightly gussied up hazelnut butter with a touch of sweetness and cocoa. Does that make sense? These things always seem to make more sense in my head until I see them typed out...
I've been trying to be more mindful about reading, or rather remembering to read. I know that sounds silly, but it is so easy to get caught up in other things and simply forget to pick up one of several books I have on my nightstand. My "to read" queue currently consists of a mixture of yoga books and food writing. I suppose that tells you all you need to know about my interests or perhaps what kind of person I am. Or perhaps not.
My current read is MFK Fisher's An Alphabet for Gourmets (originally published in 1949). I've been taking it outside on the patio with my breakfast and tea to enjoy the cool weather before it dissipates for the day, being replaced by uncomfortably warm sunshine and an absence of clouds.