One of the foods the Nazcas ate was cassava. They dried and ground it into a powder to make pudding. Tapioca is made from the cassava root, also known as manioc. Their pudding probably didn't have apples in it but we wanted to spice it up a bit. Here is the recipe we tried. It was so good we didn't even have any left overs and we are already looking forward to making it again.
Baked Apple Tapioca Pudding
1/4 C. tapioca
1/2 C. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 C. water
3 1/2 C. apples cut into thin slices
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter
Butter well a 9X9 baking pan. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Blend tapioca, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Stir in boiling water. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until clear and thick. Spread sliced apples in buttered pan, sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with butter. Pour tapioca over apples pressing apples down with spoon. Bake 25 min. pressing apples down 2 or 3 times during cooking. Cool and serve warm.
Navajo Fry Bread
These would have been typical of people in North America. Not sure where they would have gotten baking powder over 2500 years ago so we assumed that they would have had unleavened bread. We ate these with guacamole and garlic hummus. We know that they wouldn't have had hummus be we eat it on almost everything so the fry bread was no exception.
4 C. flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. warm water
oil for frying
Mix together dry ingredients and add water. Knead dough until soft and elastic and does not stick to bowl. Roll dough into balls and flatten in your hands until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Make a small hole in the center. Heat oil and fry until brown on both sides.
The fry bread was so good! Don't think they would be classified as healthy but they sure were tasty.
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