It’s that time of year, holidays. We just struggled through Halloween and all the candy (how did you do?), and now we have the Trifecta of Treats – Thanksgiving, Christmas (or Passover), and New Years. How the hell are we going to get through this? Seriously, these holidays are 50-75% about food. TASTY FOOD! CARBY FOOD! It doesn’t help when it starts looking eh outside, the stark greys and dead leaves, sleeping trees, and short days just seems to go really well with FOOD.
That means most of us will spend the days curled up, staying warm and eating. That can be dangerous.
Not this year.
We’ve got this.
Yes we do.
Stick with me kid, we’ll go places :).
So, I’m starting a new series of recipes targeted for the holidays. I’ll still be doing Hobbit stuff in the kitchen for the day-in, day-out needs of tasty keto foods, but I’ll also be posting up regularly things you can start planning to try for the holidays. Today, let’s start with the start of the day – breakfast. Now, not sure if you’re like we are but on Turkey day, the food starts as soon as we get up. Now, this year I’m not going to count my calories, but I am going to continue to keep my macros in check. I’ve already posted up a pretty nice pancake recipe here and some muffins here, but what if you want something different, more festive, maybe something to offer guests as well? How about a Breakfast Braid? Not any Breakfast braid, but a keto-fathead braid.
A couple of things on this one: yes, there are apples in it but only 1/4 apple, the carbs are still low and it really does add something to the flavor, the crust this time around is made with pepita flour (pepitas – pumpkin seeds – run through the food processor), if you don’t have any, almond flour is fine. Pepitas have a nice flavor and are half the price of almonds while having more protein which is why we use them here at House of Hobbit. This uses my basic fathead crust recipe which you can watch the video on how to make it here. I’ll still include all the steps below but if you are a visual person, i recommend watching the video. That specific recipe uses bacon grease, in this one we just swap it out for melted butter and add a little vanilla extract.
Ready? LET’S GO!!
Hobbit’s Holiday Harvest Breakfast Braid – makes 8 servings (3 net carbs per serving)
- 4.00 tbsp(s), Raw Pepitas
- 3.00 Tablespoons, Coconut Flour
- 1.00 egg, Large Egg – Generic
- 4.00 tbsp(s), Butter – Salted
- 1.50 oz, Cheese – Mozzarella, part skim milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 0.25 cup, Fresh Fruit – Cranberries
- 1/2 tsp stevia concentrate (or 1/2 cup powdered stevia)
- 1/2 tsp xantham (or guar) gum
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 0.50 cup(s), Cheese, cheddar shredded
- 0.25 lb(s), Pork (or turkey) breakfast sausage, browned and cooled
- 40.00 g(s), Apples, raw, without skin, sliced thin (about 1/4 of an apple, I used pink lady)
Let’s make the filling:
Put the cranberries and water in a saucepan on the stove on high until comes to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Stir in the stevia. Let the water reduce to about half, stirring occasionally and crushing the berries as they get soft until the are all broken down. Remove from heat, whisk in the orange extract and xantham gum, let cool.
Let’s make the crust:
Preheat oven to 425F
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add one well-beaten egg, melted butter and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl, melt your mozzarella in the microwave on 30-40% (depending on power) for 2 minutes, stirring and blending after 1 minute. Immediately add this to the rest of the mixture and fold it over and over to incorporate as much of the cheese with the others. Nuke it for 10 seconds on high, then fold\kneed it until you have a uniform color with no obvious ‘cheesy’ spots. Repeat the nuke if you if it starts getting hard to work the cheese. Once you have it uniform, roll it into a ball, then nuke one more time for 10 seconds on high. Place it between two sheets of parchment or silicon baking mats. Press down with your hand to flatten it out as much as you can, then using a rolling pin to roll out the dough in a large rectangle of uniform thickness (about the thickness of two quarters stacked). Trim if needed. Starting at one end, make slices down each side about 1/3rd of the way across. This will let you braid\wrap the dough across the top of the filling.
Working quickly, lay the apple slices up the center of the dough, then top with generous amount of the cranberry-orange ‘jam’.
Spread over this the shredded cheddar, then sprinkle the sausage on top of the cheese. Fold the the dough over the top to give a braid appearance, alternating sides all the way down, sealing the ends.
Put on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 15 minutes or until the tops are brown. Remove and let cool for about 5 minutes, then slice into 8 pieces, sit back and watch the joy on your family and guests’ faces as they chow down:)
Nutritional information (based off my ingredients, double-check!): Calories: 209, Fat: 18g, Protein: 9g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Net Carbs: 3g
Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me 🙂. If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!