Be in the Know about Figs, Dates, Prunes and Better Braid!

Better Braid

Have you heard of Butter Braid? You know, the delicious pastry bread often sold as a fundraiser? We make it here at The Country Cupboard. It WAS known as the Danish Twist, but now it’s Better Braid. Why Better Braid? Because we’ve been told it’s better than Butter Braid. Now available frozen. Take it home and freeze it, or set it out to thaw for 8 hours, then bake and eat. You’ll say it’s a treat! Available in plain, red raspberry or cream cheese.

California Figs, Black Mission Extra Choice 30lbBulk Foods Inc. Tomato, Mac & Beef Supper 15lb

Scoops of News

What’s the difference between figs, prunes and dates? I heard that question this week at The Country Cupboard and I wasn’t quite sure how to answer it. Let’s start with figs. Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. Here in the US, figs are grown in California and Texas. Use them in scones, muffins, with cherries as a sauce, and in fruit salads. Prunes are next. They start as plums and are grown in California. Often thought to be used for medicinal purposes, they are delicious by themselves and used with quinoa, in oatmeal, snack bars, in salads and in bread. Last comes dates. They grow on palm trees in the desert. It takes around 12 years for a tree to produce fruit. Add dates to salads, yogurt, and salsa. Use them in energy bars, trail mix, and marinades. And now a funny story…I bought dates this week at The Country Cupboard and put them in the cupboard at home. Then one night I reached for the dates. As I dug through the cupboard all I could find was prunes! I must have grabbed the wrong bag! It was too late at night run to the store, so I consulted my substitute book. I found out you can use dried figs, dates and prunes interchangeably. Plus I decided prunes are very delicious and worked well in my recipe. So why all the conversation about figs, dates and prunes? We now carry dried figs here, along with prunes and dates. Also new in this week – Tomato, Mac ‘n Beef Supper – ready in 30 minutes!

Are You a Sucker for a Sale?

This week buy one Caramel Apple Sucker (for 19¢) and get one FREE! You’ve probably seen the green apple ones, but did you know we also have Golden Delicious and Macintosh? Try one of each and let us know your favorite!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles
– most ingredients available at The Country Cupboard
Serves 4

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Combine flour, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.
2. Beat together milk, pumpkin puree, butter, oil, applesauce, whole egg, and egg white. Stir flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture along with the pecans.
3. Ladle the batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Top with whipped cream, nuts, maple syrup and/or honey, if desired.

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