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My recipe for pretty healthy Sticky Toffee Pudding

March 7, 2008

Here is the traditional recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_8781,00.html

As you can see, it uses a lot of butter and sugar.

Last night I made a modified version of the recipe. I must say, it was quite possibly the best tasting dessert I have ever had!

Pretty Healthy Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • 1/2 c. pastry flour
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. finely chopped dates
  • 1 1/4 c. boiling water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Toffee Sauce

  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia

Pudding (cake) Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch square glass pan.
  2. Mix the flours and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, pour the boiling water over the dates, and stir in the baking soda.
  4. In a third bowl mix the oil, granulated sugar, stevia, egg, and vanilla.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture into the oil mixture.
  6. Add the date mixture to the batter and mix.
  7. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake until the pudding (cake) is done. The recipe above says to bake for 35 minutes, but I had to bake it for 52 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, remove the pudding (cake) from the pan, and put it on a pan that you can put in the broiler.
  10. Spoon about 1/3 c. of the toffee sauce evenly over the top.
  11. Place pudding (cake) under the broiler for 1 minute, until the topping is bubbly.
  12. Serve immediately, with whip cream on top, and toffee sauce drizzled on the whip cream.

Toffee Sauce: (prepare this while the pudding (cake) is in the oven)

  1. In a sauce pan combine the oil, heavy cream, brown sugar, and stevia.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Once it’s at a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Turn off the heat, and let sit while the pudding (cake) finishes cooking. It will thicken (that’s good).

My recipe for pretty healthy chocolate chip cookies

February 17, 2008

I love chocolate chip cookies.

But I don’t like all the butter and sugar that they usually contain.

I am always experimenting, trying to create a healthy chocolate chip cookie. At last, I have come up with a pretty good one.

Combine these dry ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1 1/8 c. pastry flour
  • 1 1/8 c. white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar

Combine these liquid ingredients in a bowl

  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 3.9 oz. container of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs

Mix the dry and liquid ingredients.  Add 2 c. chocolate chips.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes.

Eat warm.