Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sugar-Free Pear and Brown Rice Cake with a Fruity Tahini Sauce

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Pear Rice Cake with Fruit Tahini Sauce

Flavors of my childhood were the inspiration of today's breakfast.  Fruits and tahini (sesame butter) were a treat that I always had at my grandma's house.  Since my detox period began three weeks ago, I've been restricted from eating any kind of grain (among a very long list of foods) except brown rice. So, I've been experimenting a lot.  This layer cake came together after several tries and a little tip from my mother who is visiting this week.   

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The end result was delicious - delicate, light and naturally sweet.  The rice cakes were made in the same way we make Atayef, a pancake-like batter cooked in a skillet and stuffed with nuts or ashta.  The sauce is a combination of fresh fruit juices and tahini, a more common savory ingredient in Lebanese cooking.

Pear Rice Cakes
Pear Rice Cake Slice

Sugar-Free Pear and Brown Rice Cake

1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 -1 cup water (adjust amount for smoother consistency)
2 tbsp grape seed oil (or vegetable oil or butter)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp orange blossom water

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk to blend all together well.  Adjust the water amount if needed.  Batter should resemble that of pancake.  In a non-stick pan brushed with oil, spoon batter to form a 4 inch circle.  Cook a minute on one side until lightly browned, then gently flip to other side.  Remove and repeat until batter is finished.  Set aside.  

Fruity Tahini Sauce
1 large pear, cored and sliced thin with skin
1/2 cup fresh apple juice
1/4 cup cranberry juice, unsweetened
2 tbsp tahini

Whisk tahini and juices together until well blended. Pour in a skillet, add pear slices over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes until sauce slightly thickens.  Remove from heat.  Layer rice cakes and pear slices. Drizzle sauce over and serve.  










3 comments:

  1. Wow! I am so impressed! this dish could be in that book Saha from Greg Malouf; beautiful, inspired, healthy, stylish! Just awesome!!!!

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  2. Thanks Joumana, as they say necessity is the mother of creativity.

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  3. This is one to try. I'm celiac and this looks so easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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