Gossamer Tapestry

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

John the Baptist Bread

Bug Girl is in a pickle. She can't find her copy of Entertaining with Insects, and needs to do just that over the weekend. Mark and Rodger gave me my very own copy for Christmas last year. As I am always eager to help a damselfly in distress, here is the recipe she wants. It's named for John the Baptist's reported diet of locusts and wild honey (though I'm at least partly persuaded by the camp that believes that he was eating carob, the pods of a type of locust tree).


2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup honey
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tblsp vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup dry roasted crickets

Grease and flour a loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inches). Add all ingredients except crckets in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed for about 1/2 minute or until smooth. Add crickets and stir until well mixed. , then pour into the pan. Bake at 350° 40-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bread. Slice while hot. Serve with sweet butter a l'orange.

Sweet Butter a l'orange

1/2 lb. sweet butter, softened
2 Tblsp. grated orange rind (For an added touch, soak the rind in your favorite cordial)

Mix with fork, place in serving dish and refrigerate.

Dry Roasted Crickets

Spread fresh, frozen and cleaned crickets on paper towels on a cookie sheet. Bake at 200° for 1-2 hours until desired state of dryness is reached. Check state of dryness by attempting to crush the crickets with a spoon.

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At 02:22, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 02:28, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, LOL!!!

"Ass crickes and stir until well mixed. "

I may skip that part.

At 04:53, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Well I must say you are MUCH more adventerous than me Doug!! I would NEVER try any of these things with insects in. Make it with leaves and grass and I will enjoy it more. :)

At 05:01, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Membracid- Gulp- That was an unfortunate typo. Fixed. And you're welcome.

Joan- Others in my department have been far more adventurous with insect consumption than I have.

At 13:07, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO GLAD you have found a use for the cookbook.............I'll be curious if he reports back on how many batches it required to provide enough for everyone's desire.

At 13:18, Blogger Catanea said...

Excuse me, are you saying that one starts with live crickets and the freezing euthanizes them? Or can you buy frozen crickets? If the freezing technique does start with live crickets, will it work equally well on actual locusts? Thank-you.

At 21:49, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Mark- It was fun to be able to help out.

Keith or Amanda- Welcome to the Tapestry. I haven't made this particular recipe myself, you'll have to contact Bug Girl for a report from somebody with hands-on experiences. I can tell you that freezing crickets will euthanize them. We purchase a lot of live crickets for animal food where I work. I'm pretty sure that you can buy frozen crickets as well. Freezing locusts should euthanize them, too.

At 18:49, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Doug, it sounded good until I got to the part about roasted crickets. You and John the Baptist can keep them!


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