Carob Flour

As well as almonds and olives we have carob trees here on the farm  I have been talking about using them for ages. I googled how to make flour from the pods and found lots of You tube video that included lump hammers and wire clippers.  All too scary for me.  Not tools I usually use in the kitchen.  Knives, yes.  Lump hammers , no.

This is what I did.

 

They come off the tree and go into the oven.

They come off the tree and go into the oven.

Cut the top off

Cut the top off

Carob with the top off.

Carob with the top off.

The  pod has two halves.

The pod has two halves.

Slowly slide the blade of the knife down through the bean.

Slowly slide the blade of the knife down through the bean, wiggle it a little to ease it through. Don’t rush it.

Thus cutting the two halves apart.

Thus cutting the two halves apart.

The knife slides over the very hard seeds.

The knife slides over the very hard seeds.

If it breaks as you split it, it doesn't matter, just take out the seeds.

If it breaks as you split it, it doesn’t matter, just take out the seeds.

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Then grind it up, I used a coffee bean grinder. I will try a goblet blender/liquidiser next time though.

The drier the pods are the finer the flour. The fine flour is used like cocoa,  mine is coarse as I will be using  it like ground almonds.

Baking tomorrow.