Posts made in January, 2010

National Nutrition Month- 7 Minute Low Fat Icing Recipes

Posted by on Jan 31, 2010 in Recipes | 1 comment

The hardest part of baking is getting the right icing flavor for your cake. If you’ve made icing from scratch, the last word that crosses your mind is “healthy.” Almost all of them call for a pound of powdered sugar (which really isn’t necessary. In a different post I will share some of my recipe manipulations for icing favorites like carrot cake icing where I use much less than 1/2 pound of powdered sugar and no one can tell the difference!). I researched the web and came across these recipes from fitnessandfreebies.com. As usual, if you try them out, leave your feedback! I’d love to know what you think! ♥Shakar Bakery Tip For A Healthier Heart♥: – The recipes below ask you to use light corn syrup. I am NOT a fan of corn syrup at all and I usually try to avoid store bought syrups because they are filled with all sorts of different ingredients. Follow this home-made syrup recipe to substitute the corn syrup. You can store it and use it later in the future (sugar will crystallize in the refrigerator, so make sure you store it in a container you can either microwave to heat up the sugar, or boil in a water bath). Homemade Light Syrup (corn syrup substitute) 2 c. white sugar 3/4 c. water 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar Dash of salt Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring to boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes making sure that sugar is dissolved and sides of pan are free of sugar particles. Uncover; cook until syrup reaches soft ball stage while stirring often. Cool. Syrup can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 2 months. Now, without further ado, here are your recipes! 1. 7-Minute Orange Icing Ingredients: Two large egg whites 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup plus 1-tablespoon cold water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon orange extract 1 teaspoon orange zest, grated Directions: Combine all ingredients, except orange extract and zest, in the top of a double boiler or bowl. Bring water in the bottom of the double boiler or saucepan (if using a bowl) to a simmer. Place top of the double boiler or the bowl over the simmering water. Immediately begin whipping mixture 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed. Increase speed to high and beat another 3 minutes. Remove top of double boiler. Add orange extract and zest. Beat 1 minute on high speed until mixture holds stiff peaks and is satiny. Makes enough to fill and frost a double layer 8 or 9 inch cake. Recipe makes 12 servings. Nutrition Information per Serving: Calories 109 Fat 0g Calories from fat 0% Cholesterol 0mg Protein 0.6g Carbohydrates 27.7g Fiber 0g Sugar 26.8g Sodium 22mg 2. 7-Minute Caramel Icing Ingredients: Two large egg whites 1-1/2 cups brown sugar 1/4 cup plus 1-tablespoon cold water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Directions: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla and almond extract, in the top of a double boiler or bowl. Bring water in the bottom of the double boiler or saucepan (if using a bowl) to a simmer. Place top of the double boiler or the bowl over the simmering water. Immediately begin whipping mixture 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed. Increase speed to high and beat another 3 minutes. Remove top of double boiler. Add vanilla and almond extract. Beat 1 minute on high speed until mixture holds stiff peaks and is satiny. Makes enough to fill and frost a double layer 8 or 9-inch cake. Recipe makes 12 servings. Nutrition Information per Serving: Calories 116 Fat 0g Calories from fat 0% Cholesterol 0mg Protein 0.6g Carbohydrates 29.5g Fiber 0g Sugar 28.6g Sodium 33mg 3. 7-Minute Icing Ingredients: Two large egg whites 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup plus 1-tablespoon cold water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) Directions: Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in the top of...

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National Nutrition Month- Recipe#1 Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Recipes | 1 comment

Hello my sweet tooth friends! As most of you actually DON’T know, March is considered the National Nutrition Month. This program was started to help curb child obesity and teach teens proper eating habits. Healthy + Desserts= possible? YES!!!!!!!!!! The combination of ingredients to substitute the nasty, double-chin producing, love-handle exploding ones are endless…and you can do this while tricking your brain and palette while reducing the caloric and fat intake into your system! I have decided to hunt down, produce, and share recipes in the month of February with all of you in preparation of National Nutrition Month. Try the recipes out, and leave some feedback on what you think!!! Recipe: Oatmeal- Chocolate Chip Pizza (From Delish.com) Ingredients 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon(s) baking soda 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt 6 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine 1/3 cup(s) packed brown sugar 1/3 cup(s) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract 1 cup(s) old-fashioned oats 3/4 cup(s) semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup(s) walnuts, chopped ♥Shakar Bakery Tip For A Healthier Heart: 1. Use Unbleached All-Purpose Flour to avoid added chemicals. (think about it- what do you use to bleach your clothes? exactly.) 2. Instead of Margarine or pure butter, use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or other blends Directions Preheat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper. On sheet of waxed paper, mix flour, baking soda, and salt until well blended. In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter on low. Remove pan from heat; with wire whisk, stir in brown sugar and granulated sugar until blended. Whisk in egg and vanilla extract. With wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture, then oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts until combined. Spoon batter into center of prepared cookie sheet. With spatula, spread batter to an even 8-in. round. Bake 18 minutes, or until cookie is golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet on wire rack 15 minutes. Transfer to cutting board lined with waxed paper; cut cookie into 12 wedges and serve warm. Nutritional Information (per serving) Calories 240 Total Fat 14g Saturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 34mg Sodium 145mg Total Carbohydrate 29g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars — Protein 4g — [polldaddy...

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