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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors...

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut flower

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut loaf

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… wild flowers

“Do you fear the force of the wind,
The slash of the rain?
Go face them and fight them,
Be savage again.
Go hungry and cold like the wolf,
Go wade like the crane;
The palms of your hand will thicken,
The skin of your cheek will tan,
You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy,
But you’ll walk like a man.” Hamlin Garland

There are certain foods that lend themselves well to an outdoor picnic, and breads, like the chestnut bread shown here, are perfect for such outings.  The first time I tried some was at the airport in Seoul, South Korea. I fell in love with the taste and texture and searched for it once I got back home to the US.  Recently, I bought an excellent loaf of Chestnut bread at our local Korean bakery.  It was moist, fresh, and choc a bloc with finely chopped pieces of chestnut. I knew it would great to share with my blog friends and when I saw the Plinky prompt about the outdoors, the word – picnic – leaped at me. It got me thinking about the foods we typically take with us when we go for a picnic or spend afternoon in  the park; hence the great outdoors mention on this post. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? or enjoyed a picnic with food you love?

“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… A Chestnut bread breakfast treat

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnuts

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut picnic loaf

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… More blooms to enjoy

FOR Korean Chestnut Bread Loaf:
3 large eggs
1 tsp white cider vinegar
1/4 C canola oil
1 1/2 C water

1 C chestnut flour
1 C white rice flour
1/2 C potato starch
1/2 C tapioca flour
1/3 C corn starch
1C chopped Chestnut
2 tbsp xanthan gum
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2/3 dry buttermilk (or dried milk)
2 1/2 tsp yeast

A number of  blog friends had mentioned how delicious the bread must be on my CREATE post, and that made me search for a suitable recipe. I haven’t been to a picnic in ages so I might plan one with friends and family in the coming weeks. The summer time is perfect for picnics and basic picnic food safety rules include making sure we take foods that are packed properly, transport well, hold up their flavor in heat, and won’t deteriorate rapidly. All we need to do is add a loaf of Chestnut bread, some cheese, our favorite beverage and fruit to our picnic hamper for an excellent outing. In my shot above, I toasted the slices lightly, added a dollop of organic peanut butter and some sprinklings of golden flax seed meal and it was delicious. You can get as inventive as you wish or eat it plain. Preparation and more information below! 😉

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world–the great fresh un-blighted, unredeemed wilderness. ”  John Muir

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Peeling chestnuts

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors…

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… outdoor blooms

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… more wild blooms

Pre-heat the oven to 375o F.
Tip on Peeling Chestnuts: A) Wash and boil chestnuts in 2 cups of water on medium heat. B) Allow to cool C)peel and scoop out nut D) Chop up or mash up peeled chestnuts in a mortar and pestle. via Kamrecipe
Mix the first 4 ingredients and place in bread machine pan. Mix the remaining ingredients except the yeast and put on top of the liquid ingredients. Create a well in the top of the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
Program the bread machine for “dough”. When the cycle completes place the contents in a 5×9″ lightly oiled bread pan. Bake 45-50 minutes. Turn out the bread immediately and let cool. Chosen by Asker

The flowers I shared on this post were taken on a number of my usual walkabouts. I wanted to capture blooms that were growing wild; flowers not planted in the confinements of a garden and these were perfect. I found the Plinky prompt helpful in getting me to  think about picnics and outdoor hiking adventures… What about you? What are your thoughts? What foods would you pick for a picnic? When was the last time you went on a picnic? Could you suggest an easy to transport picnic food? Do share! Thank you. ;-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?

Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate life every day

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Chestnuts, Chestnut Flower, via Wikipedia,  Chestnut Bread by Sifu Renka, via Flickr,  Chestnut bread via Olive Bakery,  Peeling Chestnuts via Kamrecipe  and Chestnut Bread via TableConversation .com

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 25/06/2012 7:01 am

    Wow, chestnut bread looks and sounds delicious. And thanks for posting a link to my site!

    • 25/06/2012 7:17 am

      Thank you David for stopping by. I’m glad I found your post too. 🙂

  2. 25/06/2012 7:44 am

    I love the Michener quote.

    You always use such great quotes! It’s my favourite thing about your posts.

    • 25/06/2012 7:51 am

      TY Tilly and I love the humor in yours… Humor is a tough thing to do. 🙂

  3. 25/06/2012 7:46 am

    Yum! Thanks.

  4. 25/06/2012 8:06 am

    That looks seriously good! Now where will I go for chestnut flour and even chestnuts?

    • 25/06/2012 2:49 pm

      A specialty store in your area. In my area it would be Fairway and Whole Foods… I bet you’d be able to find it. 🙂

  5. 25/06/2012 8:15 am

    My mom (Korean) loved chestnuts. I remember bring chestnuts home from school, gathered from a fallen tree. The shells are so beautiful! I would’ve tried this recipe for her but she no longer has that luxury (g-tube). For her ande though, I think I will give it a try. We have a place out here that sells chestnuts already peeled in jars – that seems to take out the hardest part of the recipe!

    As for picnics, it’s been a long time but I think it would be a great idea to go out on one with my little boy. Thanks for great ideas, Elizabeth!

    • 25/06/2012 2:51 pm

      TY Karen… and sending healing light and hugs to your mom. The peeled chestnuts will cut down the time. Plus, we can always go to the bakery. 🙂

  6. 25/06/2012 8:22 am

    Your posts are like fruitcakes–packed with goodies!

    • 25/06/2012 2:52 pm

      TY Naomi! I enjoy my visits with you too… This recipe is quite good. 🙂

  7. 25/06/2012 9:08 am

    never heard from chestnut bread before! we eat grilled chestnuts …

    • 25/06/2012 2:53 pm

      Yes, I’m used to the roasted nuts, but this bread is quite delicious and healthy too. 🙂

  8. babs50nfab permalink
    25/06/2012 11:43 am

    I’m not a big fan of chestnuts, mostly because my husband’s family had a tradition of chestnut stuffing that totally became a pain in my ass, 😉
    Bread/ fruit/ wine… perfect picnic though!

    • 25/06/2012 11:53 am

      Oh 😆 When I first read your comment, I missed a few words and read stuffing chestnuts up my ass! 😆
      The bread is delicious though and I read that they are lower in calories compared to other nuts. 🙂

  9. 25/06/2012 5:35 pm

    Looks and sounds delish, Elizabeth…maybe one day I’ll find an already made bread ready for me to sink my teeth in but in the meantime, I will use my imagination and imagine the wonderful taste of this bread…with perhaps a glass of wine?
    As for picnic foods…only junk foods follow me around so guess it would be grilled hot dogs with chips and soda. 🙁
    I love this post 🙂 Happy Summer Day to yOu!

  10. 25/06/2012 6:17 pm

    Never ever heard of it… but, would love to taste it…I will have to keep it in mind if I ever run across this kind of specialty store…How neat! ~mkg

  11. 25/06/2012 7:11 pm

    I’m not that familiar with Korean food and have never had Chestnut bread, your post makes me want to try it. I might even try to make it. 🙂 Thanks for opening my eyes to something new!

  12. 25/06/2012 9:33 pm

    I have never heard of Chestnut bread, Elizabeth. I must have some now, though, since it sounds and looks just delicious! A picnic is so much fun. I’m really careful to take food that doesn’t spoil easily, and then I just pack with lots of the little blue icees to keep cold! I’m never too worried about it then, but I’d rather picnic with my granddaughters than go to a restaurant. We can be ourselves! 🙂 Debra

  13. 26/06/2012 1:59 am

    Hi, Eliz, we went on a picnic by the sea some time in January this year. I think we had potato salad and rissoles and a whole lot of other things. It was a lovely warm summer day. We had a swim in the saltwater pool next to the ocean. It was at a beach in Sydney and there were five of us. We had a great time.

  14. 26/06/2012 8:16 am

    Oooh –my uncle has a chestnut tree! Now I’m thinking I should try making some chestnut bread. This looks delicious. 🙂

  15. 26/06/2012 11:42 am

    These look yummy.

  16. 26/06/2012 1:18 pm

    I grew up eating roasted chestnuts, Eliz. It’s still a favorite for my father, but I must send them from Jersey since he lives in Florida. Actually, the Italian chestnuts are the tastiest. The recipe looks too intimidating for me, so I’ll have to seek out a Korean bakery :(. But what a nice dish to bring on a picnic! We often bring a summer casserole of sorts–like tuna nicoise or a Greek salad with chicken. Your post got me thinking about picnics now!

  17. 26/06/2012 4:56 pm

    The bread looks amazing. Getting hungry now!

  18. 27/06/2012 12:57 am

    Elizabeth, you are such a honey! I was thinking as I was reading this post that the bread sounds divine, but I will no doubt have to adapt it to be gluten-free anf then, voila, there’s the recipe – gluten-free! Wooohoo 😀 I am going to try it as am having a baking afternoon with friends soon. Thanks.

  19. 29/06/2012 2:03 am

    I love bread with a difference and would love to try this recipe…I’m just a lazy baker. Brilliant share, my stomachs rumbling


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