This Cinnamon Babka is highly addictive. Our family feels compelled to keep shaving off slices to "straighten the edge". Originally, Babka was a traditional sweet eastern European yeast cake. This version is grain and dairy free yet very close in taste and texture to the original. It is enjoyed even by those who do not observe SCD.
This dish was created in the tiny kitchen of a college dorm. Gil is eating SCD since he was in elementary school. Now a college student, he first created this dish in a regular pot at his dorms. On his last visit home he adapted it and made it in the instant pot, which saves cooking time and results in a delicious soft stew meat.
Like many other kids, our son is enthralled by the Harry Potter book series. He recently finished the last in the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and promptly began the first book all over again. So, when I realized Harry Potter’s birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate our family’s love for these stories.
Unlike a lot of other families though, ours is on a medical diet – the Specific Carbohydrate Diet – for my son’s ulcerative colitis diagnosis. We all follow SCD in support of him.
This “Chocolate” cake is the most famous SCD cake. It is known to be the center-piece of many celebratory occasions. It is not only a fancy birthday cake, but also makes great brownies, or muffins, or cookies, when baked in different bakeware. Vanilla ice-cream between two “chocolate cake” cookies is a favorite birthday treat at many SCD kid's birthday parties. When pecan flour is not available, the cake works well with almond flour.
Marilyn Alm. is a veteran SCD expert and the owner and mentor of the international SCD Yahoo group (BTVC-SCD@yahoogroups.com). Like thousands of other SCD users, I am forever grateful for her life’s work and her generous mentoring.
She is also gifted in the kitchen, and is known to create many mouthwatering SCD recipes. We love this cake and share this recipe here with Marilyn’s permission.
This past December, it seemed as if I needed to install a special tap by the kitchen sink for vanilla extract. At the rate we were going through it, I was convinced someone was washing dishes in the stuff.
A bit of research online and I determined that it was fairly easy to make our own, the quality would be higher, and the price would be cheaper. Here is the kicker, only two ingredients are required: a 40% alcohol based solvent (commonly known as vodka) and organic vanilla beans.
Guest post, meal plan, and photos by Natalie Holladay
I didn’t expect the year 2016 to start out with a diagnosis of IBD for my son. A family history of Celiac Disease left me almost hopefully anticipating to hear something familiar as the verdict. I desperately wanted an accurate diagnosis so that we could start working to heal his damage and reduce his symptoms. I knew a few people with Crohn’s Disease, but knew very little about IBD, symptoms, management or prognosis. I’m not sure I had ever heard of – or paid attention if I had – anyone I knew with Ulcerative Colitis.
SCD yogurt samples are between 2 to 30 times more potent than most commercial yogurt
Most SCD users consider the 24 hour yogurt a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, whether it is dairy or nut based yogurt. As a matter of fact, some users find that increasing yogurt consumption helps their body when it needs to calm a flare or nurse a cold. However, yogurt is not always necessary for diet success.
I know many people diagnosed with IBD that healed and sustained long-term wellness without using any kind of yogurt. Some of them used capsules of SCD legal probiotics, while others just practiced the diet without adding probiotics, and did very well.
This favorite recipe was found at allrecipes.com, and given a few modifications to make it a favorite of ours. During the summer months, it is great on the grill, and in the winter it can be made in the oven broiler.