Very tasty, with a distinctive texture. Great for Thanksgiving! American colonists in the Northeast used all available food sources- acorn bread is an adaptation of a Native American recipe which was somewhat common in the late 17th century until the mid 19th among the poorer working classes.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease a loaf pan.
- Sift together dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, and oil.
- Combine dry and liquid ingredients.
- Stir just enough to moisten dry ingredients.
- Batter will be a bit lumpy.
- Pour into a greased pan, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Acorns are very easy to use, similar to chestnuts.
- First examine the acorns as you pick/gather them.
- Throw away any that are wormy/moldy/cracked/etc.
- Next, shell them.
- Early in the season (August-September) the shell is usually soft enough to cut through.
- Later in the season acorns may require a nut cracker, though many times the shells are rather thin and brittle.
- Taste the raw acorns- if they are bitter, they need to be boiled.
- Tannic acid causes the bitterness, and is easily leached out by boiling the acorns in successive pots of water.
- When the water no longer turns brown (looks a lot like tea), the acorns are ready.
- The next step is to roast the acorns slightly.
- Use a warm oven, no more than 250 degrees.
- Acorns that have not been boiled will take 60 minutes or so, boiled acorns will take longer.
- Once they're roasted, the acorns can be used in place of nuts in most recipes, although they are less oily than most nuts.
- They can be glazed like chestnuts, simmered in a soup, ground and used as a flour extender.