A Hearty Loaf of Bread + Thanksgiving Inspiration

 So in case you've been living under a rock or in a very remote location, you know that Thanksgiving is in less than a week. As in you better get your butt in gear and figure out what lovely dishes will be gracing your table (I'm mostly talking to myself here...). October flew by and now November is following suit. I feel like a broken record when I say this, but where the heck did the time go?

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.


Earl Grey Tea Cake

I have developed a bad habit involving forgetting to put away or use particular items . For instance, I've had my tape measure sitting by the door of my closet since I hung a shelf in it almost a month ago. Yet, there it sits. Wow, that was embarrassing to admit... When I do notice it, I think about needing to put it up, then twenty other thoughts enter my head and I move on. And there the lonely tape measure sits. I'm not sure why I do this sort of thing. Maybe there's some psychological explanation for it.  Or, maybe it's laziness.  Now that I think about it, I'm almost one hundred percent positive it's laziness.

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.


Cocoa Hazelnut Spread

One of the most vivid food memories I have of my first visit to France when I was in the 4th grade was kinder bueno chocolate bars. They are hazelnut cream filled wafers covered in milk chocolate and of course, totally healthy for you. They are actually made by an Italian company, but for some reason, they were everywhere in France at the time.  I remember vending machines down in the metro stations full of only kinder bueno. It was hard to pass one by without stocking up. I'm afraid to know how many of those damn things my brother and I devoured on that trip alone. Yikes.

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...


Chai Spiced Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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.