Those three things pretty much sum up what your body might need if it were two days away from running 39.3 miles. Heck, even if you’re not doing the Goofy Challenge with me this weekend you might be craving them.
If you are the type of person who orders a big soft pretzel sans the addicting salt sprinkles on top, this recipe is not for you. If the pictures below makes your salivate, this is your recipe.
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I honestly have no idea where todays Salted Pistachio And Orange Toast to Go recipe came from. Perhaps it was the pistachios taking up space in my cabinet or the orange that was about to be past its prime in my fridge. If your asking what is toast to go, it’s a quick bread that is grab and go in the morning with no jam, butter or topping necessary. Its good cold but especially good toasted!
I am constantly thinking of ways to cook or bake using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. I HATE recipes that require you to go out and spent money on ingredients you will use once. Luckily quick bread usually requires just the basics. In todays recipe you can sub in any nut for pistachios and you can leave out the orange if you don’t have it, or most likely in my case you got home before you realized you didn’t buy one at the store.
The key ingredients in todays recipe that you can’t skip out on are: sea salt flakes (if you don’t own them go buy them), molasses and almond/soy yogurt.
Sea salt flakes are crunchy and give off just the right burst of salt when they touch your tongue. In this salted pistachio and orange quick bread the salt flakes sprinkled on top will melt in your mouth and make you think your eating a hearty lightly sweet pretzel, but you’re not. The orange zest gives the bread a nice complexity and mixed with molasses your taste buds will be confused but intrigued.
What I love most about this recipe is the interesting textures that the ingredients all add. Creamy and soft from the yogurt and molasses. Crunchy but yet melt in your mouth from the salt, plus it is hearty and filling from the pistachios.
The melted molasses and sea salt sprinkled on top make this bread addicting.
Salted Pistachio and Orange Quick Bread: Vegan
2.5 Cup Flour
1 Package Dry Active Yeast (I used redstar)
1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt Flakes Plus more for topping
1/2 Cup Pistachios Plus more for topping
1 Teaspoon Orange Zest
1/4 Cup Molasses Plus 1 Tablespoon for topping
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Plain Almond or Soy Yogurt
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1) Warm the water and almond milk in your microwave for about 30 seconds. The liquid should be warm but not too hot. Warming the water and milk helps you skip some time in the rising process! If your liquids are too hot you will kill the active yeast!
2) In a large bowl add all of your ingredients except the pistachios and toppings. Mix all the ingredients together until filly incorporated. I mixed this by hand, it definitely have my arms a workout! Do not over mix, dough should just come together when your finished.
3) Once dough is mixed lightly fold in the pistachios. Transfer to a greased 9 by 5 inch baking pan.
4) Let the dough rise in a warm environment for 30-40 minutes. Dough should nearly double in size. Cooking with yogurt can prevent dough from doubling in size all the way so don’t get discouraged. Preheat oven to 375.
5) Before placing the bread in the oven drizzle the extra molasses on top, add a few pistachios and a healthy dose of sea sat flakes.
6) Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Check it at 35 minutes to see the progress. I always use the old trusty toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out clean its done!
7) When finished transfer the bread to a cooling rack. Let it cool before you slice it!
After rising for 30 minutes… Ready to go into the oven!
A carb loaders paradise!
Tomorrow morning I leave bright and early for Walt Disney World. I can’t wait to share with you all how it goes. Keep your eye on my twitter feed for updates!
What are you up to this weekend?