Sunday, June 27, 2010

A cake that fell from heaven!

Angel food cake, that is.

Did you know Angel food cake is a no fat, full of protein treat?

I would have never known this as a kid. I mean, sure, the cake itself is full of protein and low fat (as a kid, clearly, not a priority to me), but what my family used to do whenever we made this was make some homemade whipped cream (hmm, I approximate a good 200 calories per serving considering the sugar and cream involved) and dollop that on the that you saw no cake- BUT we did put strawberries on it That made it healthy, right?

(roll of eyes)...

Are you craving a dessert with under 200 calories but is completely satisfying, but you don't want to exude a lot of effort in baking it? Read on.

Tip number one: Never ever, EVER, buy those boxes of Angel food cake mix or the store bought ones again when you see how easy breezy this recipe is. What you will need, however, is about a dozen eggs and an hour (a glass of wine or champagne doesn't hurt either!).

Here's what makes it:
  • 12 egg whites at room tempature
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1.5 cups of granulated sugar
Here's how to do it!

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Mix 3/4C of the sugar and the cake flour in small bowl.
Get your hand mixer (or KitchenAid) out. Beat all 12 egg whites in a larger bowl until nice and foamy. Next, add the cream of tarter and salt, and beat.
Gradually (seriously, this method works) add 1 tbsp at a time of the remaining sugar until sugar is all in the whites and the whites have soft peaks and are very shiny (this took about 6-8 minutes w/ a hand mixer on medium high speed). Lastly, you want to fold in the flour mix, a little at a time. (Don't know what the heck I am talking about when I say fold in? Check this video out!).
Now, place the mixture into a 16" tube pan and bake for 55-60 minutes at 325!
During this time, I like to sip on my glass of wine, clean up any mess I've made, and then wait impatiently until the timer goes off. You may do as you wish during baking time.
And, voila. A cake that fell from heaven.
Oh, you want more you say?

Oh, okay. How about a glaze that you drizzle on top of the Angel food cake and that simply enhances the lemon, vanilla, and almond flavor?

What you need for the glaze:
  • Juice from 1.5 lemons (about a 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
How you do it:

Just mix the ingredients together, adding more or less juice for desired consistency.

And when you drizzle this on the light, fluffy, yumminess? You get this.

The facts for the cake:
(Serves 12)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice

Amount per Serving

Calories 141
Calories from Fat 0.0
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 78.34mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.51g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 24.14g
Protein 4.67g
The Facts for the glaze
(Makes about a cup, serves 12)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 42
Calories from Fat 0.0
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 11.67mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.82g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 9.9g
Protein 0.04g

Move along my angels, go bake yourself a cake.

To feed your cravings: Kahlua Chip Frozen...Custard?

This was a long shot. I was inspired after the Margarita Ice Cream to try something else. Lime and Tequila worked so well...Well, wouldn't Kahlua and Chocolate? Obviously!

The texture of this frozen treat isn't much like ice cream; but rather a richer Italian ice. The flavors are there, for sure, though.

I got the idea from this Food Network recipe, but altered it quite a bit. Now, the recipe called for an ice cream maker. I'm pretty sure this may be the only kitchen appliance we do not have. So, I decided to wing it and see how it turned out. Much to my surprise, it's pretty darn tasty. Kind of like a mudslide icee. Who wouldn't like that?

What you need:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup eggbeaters egg substitute
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fat free half and half
  • 2 cups 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua coffee flavored liquor
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet toll house morsels.
How you do it:

In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the evaporated milk and fat free half and half to a boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, egg beaters, and sugar until it's thick.

Next, lower the heat for the sauce pan, and take the egg mixture and slowly whisk it into the boiling milk mixture. Do this slowly otherwise you'll have a giant omelet! Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Let this sit for a few minutes and then place the custard in a bowl and place in the freezer to blast-chill for about 10-15 minutes.

Take the bowl out of the freezer and add the vanilla & almond extracts, Kahlua, and chocolate chips to the mix. Stir well and place into a container and let freeze over night.

Like the Margarita Ice Cream I made, this Kahlua Frozen Custard is much lower in fat content than it's original recipe. Let's take a looksie, shall we?
Original recipe from the Food Network (sans the espresso):

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 331
Calories from Fat 158.4
Total Fat 17.6g
Saturated Fat 10.13g
Cholesterol 172mg
Sodium 38.67mg
Total Carbohydrate 60.82g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 21.28g
Protein 5.57g
This recipe:

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 229
Calories from Fat 43.5
Total Fat 4.83g
Saturated Fat 2.18g
Cholesterol 77.67mg
Sodium 116.1mg
Total Carbohydrate 35.28g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 33.03g
Protein 6.91g
Mmm. Kahlua.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Adult Ice Cream- Part 1

It's hot outside. When it's hot out, for some reason, I always have nostalgia of the ice cream truck coming by the neighborhood blaring sounds of the entertainer, over and over and over again.

But, I've been getting sick of my skinny cow treats (albeit, delicious), or frozen weight watcher ice cream cups. I needed to try something new. And then this happened. Jen, from Our Good (Food) Life blog challenged me. She recently posted Margarita Ice Cream, and said to me "I challenge you to make it healthier!" Well, Jen, challenge accepted!

I decided to take it one step further. Not only was I going to attempt making ice cream for the first time, or even alcoholic ice cream, but I was going to try to make two different types of icy treats.

The best part about these frozen treats? You do not need an ice cream maker.

First one up- Not as bad for you Margarita Ice Cream (Mr. Not Your Bubbe's Kitchen Approved!)

What you need:
  • 1 cup 2% evaporated milk (such as Carnation brand).
  • 1 cup fat free half and half (such as Land O Lakes brand)
  • 1.25 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp tequila (I used 1800 Reposada Silver)
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau (you could use any orange flavor liquor)
How you do it:

Dissolve the powdered sugar in the lime juice, tequila, and the Cointreau.
Add the evaporated milk and half and half.
Whisk the ingredients together until it gets a bit thicker and has a smooth consistency.

Pour into a container (see photo below for an idea of size) and freeze overnight.

Your result is a smooth, almost sorbet like consistency that tastes just like your favorite frozen margarita!

Are you ready for the facts for this frozen deliciousness?
Are you ready to see the original recipe's facts?

Here you go!
The original recipe's break down (Yikes!!!)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 329
Calories from Fat 240.0
Total Fat 26.67g
Saturated Fat 18.67g
Cholesterol 106.67mg
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 7.89g
Protein 0g
My recipe's break down (phew...)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories 197
Calories from Fat 6.0
Total Fat 0.67g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6.67mg
Sodium 86.1mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.79g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 32.65g
Protein 3.98g
Now go on, try this out. You know you want to.