All posts by knit-tweaker

I am 68. Like to write celtic harp arrangements, and knit. Enjoy playing golf and teaching biblestudies.

A Simple and Yummy Dessert Solution

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This little bowl full of cherries  makes any sugar free ice cream or cake base into a true delight.

Ingredients

3 cups of  frozen cherries( from Costco)

1 cup of your favorite sweetener

1 pkg of unsweetened Cherry Cool Aid mix

3/4 tsp – 1 level tsp of Guar Gum

Directions

Place cherries in glass dish to thaw,

When thawed,pour off liquid into small mixing bowl.

Into liquid stir in sugar, Cool Aid mix and Guar Gum.  Mix well.  Add cherries and place in refrigerator.

*Note – I use 1 tsp of the Guar gum, but if you want your juice a bit more thin then first try the 3/4 tsp, you can always add a bit more later.

You can also use any other of the frozen fruits for this recipe- strawberries, blue berries, etc. even peaches,  Just make sure you add the appropriate Cool Aid flavor.

Happy Eating!!!

A Yummy Protein “Pick-me-up”

Since it is my husband who struggles with weight issues, I find that having items in the frig that he can snack on is very helpful.  On of the most tasty of these items is my meat roll-ups.

low carb meat roll ups

You can see that I used my “fine” china for the presentation. 🙂

These thin slices of deli meats are filled with a mixture of cream cheese, pickled jalapeno peppers, green onions, cilantro, and a bit of salt and pepper.  We think they are yummy, so I’m going to pass on the recipe for you to try.

In food processor-

8 oz of cream cheese

1/4  packed cup of pickled Jalapenos slices

4 green onions

1/4 cup Cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Using the pulse button, mix in short spurts until all added vegetables are in small pieces.  Taste, and season.  That’s it!

I use a spatula to spread it on one end of my meat slice, then roll up.  You can also cut into one inch pieces and secure with tooth pick to serve as smaller snack.

Enjoy!

J

J’s No Guilt Low Carb-Low Fat Salad Dressing

As Sunday evenings are a “clean the frig” night, I decided to make myself a salad, using up the left overs in the frig.  Sound familiar?  As a result I came up with this recipe for my salad dressing.

Ingredients-

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

1-1 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard

2-3 Tablespoons of Splenda (or your favorite sweetener)

1/2 rounded tsp of Guar Gum (to thicken)

Whisk all the ingredients together and place in refrigerator for about an hour.  Test for thickness.  If necessary, you can a a pinch more of the Guar gum.  Whisk it in, and return the dressing to the frig.  Don’t be upset if you get a bit to much, you can easily whisk in a few drops of water.

The options- cut back on the sweetener then add garlic, or sun dried tomatoes, bits of pepper, etc.  Have fun experimenting on your on version.

Remember- everything I make is just a place to  “start.”

Enjoy!  J

Strawberry Delight

 

 

low carb ice cream-loaded with nutrients

 

Yesterday I was experimenting with Avocados, and came up with this delicious nutrient dense low carb desert. To learn more click on the link below.

The nutrients in Avocado’s.

I scooped 1 whole Avocado into my blender, added 1 1/2 cups of slice strawberries, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and Splenda(or your favorite sweetener) to taste- I started with 1/2 cup.  Blended it until smooth, froze it, stirring about once an hour to blend in the frozen particles around the edges of the container.  This makes about 4 nice servings.

To speed up the process or to eat immediately, next time I will use frozen berries.

I know it sounds crazy, but I am going to try using chocolate next time.  I will let you know how it turns out.

UPdate!!

1 avocado,3 tbsp cocoa, 1/2 cup cream, 2/3 cup sweetener, 1 tsp of vanilla.  Whir it up and enjoy.  It makes a smooth Chocolate Mousse.  You could also use it in between layers of cake, or for the icing.

 

Yum!  Yum!

J

Sugar Free Buttermilk Doughnuts

I know it has been a while since I posted, but I am a musician at heart, and the Christmas season always takes a lots of my time up in performances, and rehearsals.  That said, I whipped up a batch of donuts this past week and thought I would pass the recipe on.

There buttermilk donuts aren’t as carb friendly as my other recipes but they are still sugar free and have a wonderful flavor.

SF buttermilk donuts

Just as a guess, I would put these at about 18 carbs per  serving.  Still a relative few for a great sweet tooth pleaser.

* You could also replace half the flour with the oat flour, just remember to add 1/2 tsp more baking powder, and 1/2 tsp guar gum. (this will cut your carb count a couple of points)

Here goes-  Set over to 350.  Grease 2 doughnut pans (6 wells each)

1)  In large bowl stir together-

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups Splenda (processed as in all my other recipes)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup dry powdered milk( finely ground)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2) In separate bowl mix together-

1 extra large egg

1 1/3 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons melted shortning

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon extract

Make a well into center of dry ingredients, pour in liquids and stir until just incorporated.  Do not over mix.  Place batter in large ziplock bag,cut small hole in bottom corner, pipe into greased wells of doughnut  pan.  Makes 12.

Bake at 350 for 17 minutes.

* Set to 15 minutes and check.

** I am going to experiment with raising the temp to 375 next time and baking them a bit faster.  Will let you know what happens.

Finish by brushing doughnuts with melted butter, and sprinkle with a mixture of Splenda and Cinnamon.

J’s Neopolitan Cake

Since I was a kid I have always loved the ice cream that came with three flavors in one carton- chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  So…. with that yummy combo in mind I set to work creating another low carb cake with those same great flavors.

 

neopolitan cake

I used one layer of the Cinnamon Chocolate Cake, and one layer of the basic yellow cake in my recipe book.

The icing is made with the basic whipped cream frosting( the 2 1/2 cups of cream version) I have shared with you before, only this time I added about 1 1/2 tsps of SF strawberry jello mix to give it a beautiful color and a pleasant strawberry flavor.   I used 2/3 cup Splenda, but you can add as much or as little as you like.  Mine was not a bit to sweet.

The strawberry filling was made by  washing and cutting up about 2 cups of fresh strawberries, adding some Splenda (about 1/2 cup) and set them aside for a while at room temp to make a bit of juice.   Once that happened, I used my hand blender to mash up a bit of them-NOT ALL.  Next, I stirred in 1 1/4 tsp of Guar Gum, then put them in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  The cooking process simulated making jam.  My thought was that they would hold up longer.  We’ll see.

After removing the berries , I let them cool in the refrigerator until they  were thickened .

As before with my other cakes, I sandwiched the thickened berry filling between two layers of the whipped cream frosting.  If you notice, I also used my decorator tip to make ring of shells around the top of the cake edge to help hold the remainder of the berries in place.

We just tested the product and found it definitely eatable.  🙂

*Just a note to let you know that I found that using a bit more baking powder in the basic yellow cake doesn’t hurt a bit.  This time I used  1 tablespoon for the single layer.  I will update the recipe book accordingly.

Happy Baking!

J

Doubling a Recipe Does NOT Always Work

I tried making my pineapple cake today, doubling the recipe of my basic yellow cake, using the DaVince Pineapple syrup for the liquid.

Well……., the cake is delicious, but did not raise to the expected 1 1/2 inches, it only made it to 1 1/4 inch.  That 1/4 inch affected the texture a bit, making it more dense (not as light).   Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed, but I learned a valuable lesson.  Just because you were successful with one layer, doesn’t mean doubling it will get you the same result.

yellow cake 1

The layer above is the single layer recipe, and this one measured 1 1/2 inches, and had a much lighter texture.  What a difference!!

My first reaction was to go to the net for info regarding this matter.  That in itself was a blessing as I found out I was not alone.  I also found out that many factors affect the outcome of doubling the ingredients- the various weights of flour, sugars, and liquids, even eggs can affect the final product.

So…, I will simply make one layer at a time.  Of course, the present cake won’t be too hard to swallow, as I threw in a bit of coconut with the filling, and added some tinted coconut on the top for my presentation.

I have made the changes in the e-book, so you might want to check that out sometime.

The strangest thing of all that comes out of this is that the chocolate cake recipe is not affected at all.   It always raises high and gives me beautiful layers.  All I can figure out is that there has to be a chemical reaction going on between  the cocoa and the remaining ingredients.  Hummmm??????????

Always striving to improve-  J