Sunday, February 27, 2011

Raspberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Serves 6.

Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl, mix together until smooth and creamy:

- 1 tub (~ 425 g) ricotta cheese
- 1 cup Balkan style (Greek) yogurt

and then add and mix well:

- 1/3 cup agave syrup
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- pure vanilla extract
- cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup raspberries

Pour batter into a 9 in (23 cm) round cake pan lined with parchment paper and buttered.

Bake for ~ 45-50 min. When done, remove from oven and let cool completely in pan. 
Nutrients per 1 of the 6 servings: Calories: 248, Total Fat: 11.2g, Saturated Fat: 6.6g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 112 mg, Sodium: 216mg, Total Carb: 26.5g, Dietary Fiber: 1.4g, Sugars: 17.3g, Protein: 11.4g
Vitamin A: 9%, Vitamin C: 4%, Calcium: 18%, Iron: 3%

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Red Rice & Apple Pudding

6 servings featuring winter's awesome trio: cinnamon, vanilla and apple.

Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl add 3 cups cooked red rice.

In a medium bowl, mix together:
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 whole egg
- 1/3 cup agave syrup
- cinnamon
- pure vanilla extract
- 1 apple (grated, skin on)

Pour the mixture over the rice and mix well. Spoon everything into a buttered porcelain quiche pan (or parchment paper lined loaf pan) and bake for ~ 35-40 minutes, until set.

Let cool completely before cutting.

Nutrients per 1 of the 6 servings: Calories: 181, Total Fat: 1.9g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Total Carbs: 38g, Dietary Fiber: 2.1g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 5g
Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 3%, Iron: 3%

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chocolate Souffle

Makes 3. Very rich dessert - practice moderation!

Preheat oven at 325 F.

In a medium sauce pan over the stove top add together:
 - 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 2 tbs whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter

Cook and stir for about 1-2 minutes until thickens. Remove from heat and add:
- 2 oz melted (organic) unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate

Set aside.

Separate 2 large eggs.
Beat egg whites with an electrical mixer in a small bowl until stiff peaks form.

Once the chocolate mixture has cooled down, add the egg yolk, stirring gently.
After adding the egg yolks, incorporate the egg whites and mix gently just until blended.

Pour mixture evenly in 3 ramekins, place the ramekins into a baking pan. Carefully pour enough boiling water into the baking pan to come one third up sides of ramekins.

Bake for ~ 35 minutes or until centres are set.

Nutrients per 1 serving: Calories: 399, Total Fat: 30.4g, Sat Fat: 18.6, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 214mg, Sodium: 69mg, Total Carbs: 24.6g, Dietary Fiber: 1.8g, Sugars: 8.4g, Protein: 6.1g

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes


Can't really think of a better way to start my Sunday - 6 warm and fluffy pancakes towered up on a blue plate, waiting for us to just dig in.

In a large bowl, mix together:

- 2/3 cup plain yogurt (Balkan style)
- 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
-  1 whole egg

Then add:

- 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder (magic powder)

Do not overmix!

Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium heat. Pour ~ 1/4cup of the batter into the pan and cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles start to form and the bottom is golden brown. Flip over to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned.
Repeat with the remaining batter.

Nutrients per 1 of the 6 pancakes:  Calories: 112, Total Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1.2g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 30mg, Total Carbs: 18.8g, Dietary Fiber: 2.2g, Sugars: 1.2g, Protein: 4.1g
Vitamin A: 41%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 5%

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vanilla Bites with Sour Cherry Icing

Yummy cuteness! Recipe yields 48 bites.

For the vanilla bites:

Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl, mix until fluffy:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup agave syrup

To the same bowl, add mixing well after each addition:
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp  baking soda

Pour the batter into a parchment lined 8 inch square baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Let cool before cutting into (48) bite size pieces.

For the sour cherry icing:

 In a medium bowl add:
- 1/2 tub (~ 225 g) mascarpone cheese
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 1/2 cup sour cherries (pitted)

Mix with an electrical mixer on medium to high speed until peaks form.

Nutrients per 1 of the 48 vanilla bites with icing: Calories: 72, Total Fat: 4.7g, Saturated Fat: 2.6g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 7mg, Total Carbs: 6.4g, Dietary Fiber: 0.5g, Sugars: 3.5g, Protein: 1.3g
Vitamin A%: 3%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 1%


Monday, February 7, 2011

3 Layers Cake

This might not be the most gorgeous looking cake in the world, but it's rich, and moist - pure decadence. This cake is more of a celebration and special occasions cake rather than an everyday treat.
From bottom to top, starts with a brownie layer, continues with a coconut layer and ends with a blondie one. Recipe makes 24 squares.
Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl mix together:
- 1/2 cup butter cut in small pieces (at room temperature)
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour pre-mixed with 1 tbsp baking powder

Mix well and divide batter in half for layer 1 (brownie layer) and 3 (blondie layer).

Layer 1:
Add 3 oz melted semisweet (or unsweetened) chocolate to half of the batter and mix until well combined.

Layer 2:
In a medium bowl mix with the electrical mixer until fluffy:
- 1/2 tub ~ 225g mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 

Layer 3:
Do not add anything to this other half of the batter - this will be the blondie layer.

Assemble the cake before baking, as follows:

Pour layer 1 into a 5 x 9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for ~ 10 minute.
After 10 minutes, pour layer 2 over layer 1 and spread evenly. 

Pour layer 3 over layer 2 and spread evenly without applying to much pressure.

Bake for ~40 minute until set. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Double Chocolate Mascarpone Cake

January chocolate cravings found their ways into February.
Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl, melt

- 3 oz semisweet or sugar-free chocolate
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

When completely melted, remove from pan, add in this order and mix well after each addition:

- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder

Pour the batter into a parchment paper lined 8 in. (20 cm) square pan.
Bake for ~ 30 min.
 Let cool and cut in half.

For the chocolate mascarpone cream filling:

Melt 5 oz (140 g) semisweet chocolate and mix with 1/2 tub (~ 225 g) mascarpone cheese and 1/3 cup agave syrup. Use an electrical mixer and mix until fluffy.

Spread 1/2 of the chocolate cream over one of the two halves of the cake and sandwich the layers together. Pour the remaining chocolate cream on top and on the sides, spreading evenly.

Chill in the fridge before cutting in slices (~10 to 16, depending on thickness) to let the cream set. 

Nutritional info per 1 slice: some things are better left unsaid

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