May 25, 2008

Mesquite Gruel & Mesquite Muffins - Recipes

These mesquite recipes are from FOODS OF THE SUPERSTITIONS by Don Wells and Jean Groen. Permission to print granted by Wells and Groen, Apache Junction, AZ.

4-1/2 cups WATER
1 cup finely ground & sifted MESQUITE FLOUR
1/2 cup of some other FLOUR or GROUND GRAIN
1/2 teaspoon SALT

Combine water, salt, mesquite meal and other ground grain (such as whole wheat flour or oat flour) and cook for about 30 minutes. If using another flour, cook mesquite mixture for 10 minutes, then add flour, and cook another 20-25 minutes. Stir frequently.

1-1/3 cup regular FLOUR
2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
1/2 teaspoon SALT
1 beaten EGG
1/4 cup SALAD OIL
3/4 cup MILK
In small bowl combine dry ingredients. In another, combine egg, oil, and milk. Beat together until well mixed. Combine the dry ingredients with the liquid mixture. Stir just until moistened. (Over-mixing causes peaks and tunnels in muffins.) Spoon into 12 muffin cups, which have been well greased. They should be 2/3 full. Bake 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool slightly before removing. Optional: Add cinnamon or nutmeg. These are wonderful with mesquite jelly.