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.  


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

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

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


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