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This here bread is sweet, savory and hardy… not only is it a solid textured loaf that is appropriate for sandwiches and spreads, but it is perfectly delicious all on its own. I purposely left larger nuggets of sunflower seeds in the bread to give it nice seedy crunch to balance the delightful chew of the dried cranberries. Clearly you can use other seeds, nuts or dried fruit.. but why mess with perfection?!
Not only do I love the texture of this bread but I love the flavors. As I mentioned from the get go… sweet and savory. The sweet (and slight tartness) of the cranberries play well with the savory hint of rosemary.
I remember moving into a house that had some yard deferred maintenance. It was beautiful, it just needed some over-due weeding and tender loving care. The weeds were taking over, so I spent a good amount of time just pulling and yanking them from the front yard. A few days later I ran into the previous owner of the house. Midway through our conversation, she asked if I was enjoying the rosemary. “Rosemary?”, I questioned. With much excitement she said, “Why yes! There are huge rosemary plants all around the base of the trees in the front yard.”
Inwardly, my head hung low, my heart sank, my cheeks began to pinken, my throat grew dry as though a cotton ball had taken up residence…. her cell phone rang and snapped me out of my inward trance of thoughts and shame, smiling she said she had to run. Thank goodness! I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I had ripped all those darn” weeds” out of the yard! Oy-Vey! All I can say is that the whole time I was digging them up, I kept saying to myself, “Dang these weeds smell good.” lol
My Raw Rosemary and Cranberry “Cream Cheese” Spread tastes amazing on this bread if you are looking for ideas. Enjoy.
Ingredients: yields 1 loaf
Almond milk sludge:
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
This bread tastes wonderful with my Raw Blueberry Grape Thyme Jam.