Baking Over the Holiday Season Shown to Increase Morale

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Incorporating Whole Grains Into Your Holiday Recipes A Great Way To Boost Nutrition

Whether you are entertaining guests this holiday season or simply warming your hearth and home with the smell of sweet treats and fresh bread, the culinary possibilities are endless with KAMUT® brand khorasan wheat. This heirloom wheat is highly versatile and has a natural sweetness that makes it ideal for breads, muffins, cookies, pastry crusts and spreading holiday cheer!

Kamut International has compiled a holiday baking guide, full of mouthwatering recipes incorporating a healthy lifestyle. Chefs—both those who are seasoned, or just seasonal—will find something they like, ranging from pie crusts to turkey stuffing. Not only will guests compliment the chef on the taste but they will be pleased to know that KAMUT@ brand products possess nutritional benefits, too.

KAMUT® khorasan wheat has valuable advantages over other wheat products made from modern grain. Its higher percentage of lipids as opposed to carbohydrates classifies it as ”high energy wheat.” It is always organically grown and also contains higher amounts of protein and minerals than modern wheat. Combine its nutritional advantage with its natural rich flavor and ease of digestibility, and dishes with KAMUT® brand wheat become must-haves on your holiday table!

Below are a couple of Kamut International's favorites to try. Go to http://www.kamut.com to get more recipes, or media can contact Leesa Raab at leesa@adinfinitumny.com for a PDF.

KAMUT Brand Crust Sweet Potato Pie
PIE CRUST INGREDIENTS--Makes two 9” pie crusts:
20oz KAMUT® Brand Flour
10oz Sweet Butter cut into ½ inch dice
Pinch of Salt
½ Cup Ice Water for mixing

PREPARATION:
Grease and flour the pie dishes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour and salt and either work butter into flour by hand or pulse in a food processor until crumbly. Add water slowly and mix until the mixture comes together – do not make it “wet.” Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a disk and roll out on a floured surface until 2-3” larger than the pie dish. Line the 2 pie dishes with the KAMUT® brand pastry and blind bake for 25-30 minutes until crust is brown – check to make sure crust is not browning too quickly. Remove from oven when golden brown and cool before adding filling.
SWEET POTATO FILLING INGREDIENTS:
4 Large Sweet Potatoes (approximately 2 1/2 pounds)
¾ Cup Butter
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
½ Cup Heavy Cream
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Cloves
½ Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Salt

PREPARATION:
Bake the sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour until soft. Allow to cool. Set the oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 375 degrees. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the insides (discard skin). Place the pulp in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until smooth and fluffy. Add butter and pulse until mixed into the prepared sweet potato. Add sugar and brown sugar, pulsing until mixed. Slowly add eggs, pulsing as you pour them in. Add cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Pour into pie shells and bake for 1 hour or until a tester inserted into pie comes out clean.

Kamut® 30 Minute Rolls
Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Chopped Shallots
1 Cup Brown Rice
1 Cup Wild Rice
1 Cup KAMUT Khorasan Berries
2 Cups Water
2 Cups Chicken Stock or Vegetable Broth
3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup Chopped Dried Apricots
1/2 Cup Dried Currants
Dressing:
1/2 Cup Sherry Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Walnut Oil or Olive Oil
Garnish :
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
Preparation:
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat; add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add brown rice, wild rice and KAMUT Khorasan berries. Stir to coat. Add 2 cups water and 2 cups stock, bring to boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until grains are tender and liquid is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir cranberries, apricots and currants into grains; cool to room temperature. Whisk vinegar and walnut oil in small bowl to blend. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir pecans into salad and serve.
Makes: 8 servings

About KAMUT® Brand Khorasan Wheat

The mission of Kamut International is to promote organic agriculture and support organic farmers, to increase diversity of crops and diets, and to protect the heritage of a high quality, delicious ancient grain for the benefit of this and future generations. KAMUT® is a trademark of Kamut International and it stands for guaranteed standards that are verified by tests from every field.

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