Apple Tahini Bread with Kurakkan flour

Get ready to elevate your baking game with this Apple Tahini Bread, featuring the goodness of kurakkan flour. This health-conscious recipe features natural sweetness, rich tahini and a touch of spice – you can enjoy every bite absolutely guilt-free.

What is kurakkan flour?

Kurakkan, also known as finger millet, is a nutritious ancient grain that I discovered during my travels in Sri Lanka where it’s commonly used to make traditional rotis. It has has a nutty and earthy flavour profile – slightly bitter with a hint of sweetness. Its unique taste and nutritional benefits inspired me to incorporate it into this Apple Tahini Bread recipe.

Benefits of kurakkan flour:

  1. Rich in nutrients: Kurakkan is a good source of essential nutrients such as iron, calcium and fiber. It provides a wholesome nutritional profile, contributing to overall health.
  2. Gluten-free: Kurakkan is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
  3. Dietary fiber: The high fiber content in kurakkan promotes digestive health and aids in better absorption of nutrients.
  4. Antioxidants: Like other whole grains, kurakkan contains antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress in the body and support cellular health.
  5. Slow digestion: Kurakkan has a low glycemic index, which means it releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream. This is beneficial for managing blood sugar levels.
Apple Tahini Bread with Walnuts

Recipe for the Apple Tahini Bread

INGREDIENTS (for 1 bread)
  • 200 g apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 100 ml oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 150 g kurakkan (finger millet) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g spelt flour
  • 100 g chopped apples
  • 50 g crushed walnuts

Glazing:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • crushed walnuts

Note: You can change the kurakkan flour with buckwheat flour.

METHOD
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) with both upper and lower heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the apple sauce, maple syrup, tahini and oat milk. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly combined.
  3. Add the cinnamon, cardamom and flaxseeds to the wet mixture. Stir thoroughly to incorporate the spices and flaxseeds evenly.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the kurakkan flour, baking powder and spelt flour. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. Gently fold in the apple cubes and walnuts into the batter.
  6. Grease a bread pan or line with baking paper and pour the batter into it, spreading it evenly.
  7. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan cool completely before removing it from the pan.
  9. For the glaze, whisk together tahini, maple syrup and vanilla powder. Spread evenly over the bread and sprinkle with crushed walnuts.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT APPLE TAHINI BREAD

  • Prep the apples: Ensure the apples are peeled, cored and diced uniformly for even distribution throughout the bread.
  • Quality ingredients: Go for high-quality tahini (white!), pure maple syrup and fresh applesauce for enhanced flavour.
  • Spice blend: Experiment with the spice blend based on personal preferences. You can adjust the cinnamon, cardamom or even add a hint of nutmeg for extra warmth.
  • Flour choices: Feel free to explore different flour combinations or use a gluten-free option based on dietary preferences.
  • Nut variation: Customize the bread by adding different nuts like chopped almonds or pecans for added crunch and flavour.
  • Glaze consistency: Adjust the glaze consistency by adding more tahini or maple syrup until you achieve the desired thickness. A bit of coconut yoghurt in the glaze is super delicious too!
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container to maintain freshness. It can also be frozen for longer shelf life.
  • Experiment: Don’t hesitate to get creative – try adding dried fruits, seeds or other spices to make it your own unique creation.
Slice of Apple Tahini Bread

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