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Pear and spinach pudding with chewy chestnut top:
In fruit bottom:
3 ounces pear
  or 3 ounces apple
1 eighth cup plus 1 tablespoon (1 ounce) non roasted sunflower seeds
  or 1 ounce other nut or seed
1 eighth cup (.9 ounce) non ground dried beans
2 teaspoons (.15 ounce) spinach powder
  or 1 ounce fresh or frozen spinach (process with lettuce)
1 ounce cos, bibb, or romaine lettuce plus 1 
     teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons (.3 ounce) canola oil
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) sugar
2 pinches salt

In crumb crust:
1 tablespoon (.33 ounce) chestnut flour
  or 1 half ounce dried chestnut halves
1 tablespoon (.3 ounce) whole wheat flour
  or 1 tablespoon non ground wheat grains
2 teaspoons (.33 ounce) sugar
Put into a mixing bowl and mix: 1 tbsp chestnut flour 1 tablespoon wheat flour, and 2 teaspoons sugar.


Remove cores and skin from fruit to yield 3 ounces.

Into a 2-cup or larger blender put: pear, lettuce, 1 tablespoon non ground dried beans, 1 eighth cup plus 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, and 3 eighths cup water and process into a sauce.

Put the sauce into a microwaveable portion bowl that can be covered, a 4-inch wide mug works well.

Add 2 teaspoons spinach powder, 2 teaspoons oil, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 2 pinches salt and mix.

Sprinkle the flour/sugar mixture on top of the fruit/grain/bean/spinach, do not stir, spread somewhat evenly.

Heat, covered, in a microwave oven that has a rotissoire for 7 minutes 45 seconds.
Math: (ignore top crust)
Add 5 seconds to begin heating.
Plus 20 seconds to heat dishes.
To bring to boiling temperature: 9.85 ounces X 20 equals 197 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight minus total water (9.85 - 5.7) = 4.15 ounces.
Water to leave in is 40/60 times dry weight (30/70 X 4.1) = 1.8 ounces.
Water to remove is total water minus water left in (5.7 - 1.8) = 3.9 ounces.
To evaporate excess water: 46 seconds per ounce times 2.9 ounces = 179 seconds.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 179/60 minutes X 10 seconds per minute = 30 seconds plus 30/60 X 10 = 5 for a total of 35 seconds.
Plus to heat top crust: 20 seconds per ounce times 1 ounce = 20 seconds.
formula assume fruit is 90 percent water.
Allow to cool, covered, for 15 minutes before eating. Good hot or at room temperature.

Definite roasted flavor, a little: tangy, sweet; slightly bitter, noticeable spinach flavor, top layer very firm and chewy/crunchy.

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