Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"With Sugar on Top" ~Cream Puffs

Now you all know I usually say "no" to the sweet stuff, but when Krista Robson, owner of "With Sugar on Top" ( a local Johnstown bakery), said she had a "low calorie/carb/fat cream puff recipe" for me to check out...I just couldn't say no! Well, who could..right?? ;-)  Try it out, and let me know what you think!

Cream Puffs

The recipe yields 24 LARGE cream puffs
For the Puff Pastry1 Cup Milk (1% to stay true to nutrition facts)
1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick)
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Unbleached Flour
4 Eggs
Filling2 Packages Sugar Free Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 1/2 Cups Cold Milk


Filling: Wisk together the pudding mix and milk until thickened. Cover and keep in fridge until ready for use.

Puffs: Position 1 oven rack in the top third of oven and 1 rack in the bottom third of oven. Preheat oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Bring milk, butter and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the butter melts. Add flour all at once. reduce heat to medium and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball and some batter films the bottom of pan. (About 4-5 minutes) Transfer dough to a medium bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. using a mixer, beat in eggs 1 at a time.

Drop dough by generous tablespoons 3 inches apart into prepared baking sheets, making 24 cream puffs. Smooth the tops of the puffs with wet fingertips to prevent a crisp top.

Bake for 15 minutes, reverse the baking sheets and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, cut small slit in side of each cream puff. return to oven, turn off the heat and let dry for 15 minutes.

To fill the puffs, either insert a large frosting tip into the side of the cream puff and fill until full or using a serrated knife, cut cream puffs horizontally in half and spoon filling into the bottom halves, cover with tops.

The nutrition facts for one cream puff are:Calories: 95
Carbs: 10
Protein: 3g
Fat: 4.86g
No sugar added, 2.43g from the milk only

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hydrogenated oils in hiding!

Hydrogenated fats/ oils (aka: TRANS FATS). No one seems to mind when there are hydrogenated oils in their food, but watch out for those trans fats!! Um, hello…they are the same thing people! These man-made fats are not good for you in any way, shape, or form. They elevate cholesterol levels and can lead to coronary artery disease.
Hydrogenated oils act as a preservative in many processed foods and you don’t need a whole lot of it either! The FDA allows foods with less than 0.5% trans fat to be labeled as “trans fat free”… but what if you eat more than one serving? Oh, say the entire container of “whipped topping”?!? Hmmm, now we have a problem!

To increase awareness about the hidden evils of trans fats, I’ve posted a few foods containing trans fats and a healthy alternative.

1) Whipped Topping: Try “Tru-Whip” a vegan/organic alternative, available at most health food stores.

2) Peanut Butter: This one is easy…try an organic/all natural peanut butter J

3) Non-Dairy Creamer: Substitute with low or non-fat milk (almond, soy, coconut etc) and stevia.

4) White Bread: Didn’t see that one coming did you? Yes, it’s in there and it’s used as a preservative. Try 100% whole grain or sprouted breads. Read the label so you know for sure what you’re buying.

5) Margarine: Try non-hydrogenated butter spreads from brands like “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” and “Promise”.

6) Ice Cream: Lots of popular brands contain trans fats. Read the label! Haagen Daz is trans fat free J -Save it for your “off” day people!

Take care of your body, and it will take care of you!