Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? That’s what we crave on a cold, grey day like today. Simple and quick recipe for a delicious low carb treat. Enjoy :)

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 300 ml/ 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 120 ml/half cup double cream
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp erythritol
  • 20g/ 0.7 oz dark chocolate (chopped)

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium heat and whisk until well combined. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and serve hot.

Nutritional values:

Per seving
Carbohydrates
5 g
Protein
4 g
Fat
37g
Calories
372

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Orange Mousse

One of my favourite desserts of all times is a chocolate mousse (for the recipe click here). Here is a bit different variation, made with oranges. Light and fluffy, makes a nice refreshing dessert, perfect end to your low carb meal. You may add splash of orange liquor (such as Contreau or grand manier) to give it an indulgent kick.




Ingredients (make 8 small glasses):
  • 4 sheets of leaf gelatine
  • zest of 2 oranges, juice of 1
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 100g erythritol (powdered)
  • 300ml double cream

Preparation:
  • Soak the gelatine in cold water to soften it. Heat the orange juice in the microwave for 30 sec. Squeeze the excess water from the gelatine, add to the hot juice and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.
  • Put the egg yolks, erytritol and orange zest into a bowl and whisk over a saucepan of hot water for 10 mins until thick and foamy. Remove from the heat and continue whisking until completely cool.
  • Fold the gelatine and orange mix into the egg yolk mixture. In separate bowls, whisk the egg whites and cream until both are softly stiff, then gently fold into the orange mix. Spoon into 8 glasses and chill until set. Decorate with slice of orange. The mousse can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Enjoy :)

Nutritional values:

1 portion
Carbohydrates
3.2 g
Protein
4.3 g
Fat
21 g
Calories
223

 Recipe based on bbcgoodfood

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Black Forest Gateau

Dreamy layers of fluffy whipped cream, dark cherries and moist chocolate cake make this favourite German gateau a real delight. Really popular in 70s still has a place on our tables. Looks impressive, but doesn’t require lots of skills. I used frozen sour cherries, but if you can get hold of fresh ones, definitely use them instead. The cake traditionally is made with Kirsh, a German type of cherry brandy. It’s a great addition to the cake, but if you serve to children,  omit this ingredient :)



Ingredients:
Sponge:
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 130g / ¾ cup erythritol, powdered
  • 70g / 2/3 cup ground almond
  • 40 g / 1/3 cup cocoa powder
Cherry filling:
  • 300g frozen sour cherries/forest berries
  • ½ tsp xantam gum
  • 2 tbsp. erythritol
  • 3 tbsp. kirsch (optional)
Cream:
  • 700 ml whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp. erythritol
  • About 2 tbsp. grated dark chocolate for decoration
Preparation:
Sponge:
  • Preheat oven to 170 C and line a springform tin with baking paper (only the bottom)
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature. Sieve the cocoa powder and ground almond (for almond I used colander)
  • Using electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. At the end of beating gradually add xylitol. Add the egg yolks one by one, still beating until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  • Gently fold in the almonds and cocoa powder.
  • Pour the batter into prepared tin and bake for about 40 minutes (check with the skewer if the cake is ready). Set aside to cool down.
Cherry filling:
  • In a saucepan, heat up cherries with erythritol. Take off the heat and sprinkle xantam gum over the top and stir it up well. Add kirsh and set aside to cool down completely.
Cream:
  • Whip the cream with powdered erythritol.
Assembly:
  • Cut the sponge in half horizontally. Transfer one layer on the cake stand and spread about 1/3 of the whipped cream on top of it. Spread the cherry filling over the cream and top with the second layer. Spread half of the remaining cream over the top and sides of the cake. Spoon the remaining cream into a piping bag fitted with a large, star nozzle and pipe rosettes around the edge of the cake. Decorated with fresh cherries if you have some and sprinkle a chocolate over the top.
Enjoy :)
Nutritional values:

Whole cake
1 slice (1/12 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
59g
4.9g
Protein
74g
6g
Fat
320g
27g
Calories
3432
286


Please note that this carbohydrate count does not include the erythritol. Studies have shown that erythritol has little to no affect on blood glucose levels.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Cheese Biscuits

Low carb breakfast seems to be the most difficult meal of the day on lchf diet. Fry up is nice, but after a while I get bored of sausages and eggs. I came across these cheese biscuits on lowcarbfamily.com They are quite high in fat, so you  need one or maximum two to feel full for hours. There is also one more massive benefit. Apart from baking a big batch they make a super fast breakfast on the go. You grab one from the fridge and enjoy with your morning cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients:
  • 150g/5 ounces ground almond
  • 100g/3.5 ounces cream cheese
  • 50g/2ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 50g/2ounces butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Mix all dry ingredients (almonds, baking soda, salt) in a large bowl.
  • Add butter, cream cheese and the egg. Combine everything together and add cheddar cheese.
  • Portion batter. It’s really up to you what tray you want to use. It can be muffin tray or a mini loaves tin. I have mine from Lakeland. Bake for 20 -25 minutes. Taste nice both warm and cold.
Enjoy :)


Nutritional values:

Whole batch
1 biscuit
Carbohydrates
11.2g
1.2g
Protein
54g
6g
Fat
166.5g
18g
Calories
1759
195

Friday, 1 January 2016

Cranberry Cheesecake

New beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a New Year. Hope it will be another good year for all of us. It is never too late to start again, but yes, it is always very early, when one gives up. Happy New Year!
I’m starting New Year with these pretty looking mini cheesecakes. I hope I will post many other great recipes in 2016. I have many lined up, lots of bookmarks on my laptop and even more in many baking books I’ve collected over the last few years. I wonder, if I will ever run out of ideas, but to be honest I don’t think so. There are so many recipes out there, from different parts of the world and the good news is, that most of them can be adapted to low carb baking. The only problem I have, is to find someone, who will help me to eat all this deliciousness. Let’s face it, low carb baking is great, but eating three cake a week is not a good idea! I try to make big batches of various cakes for parties or family gathering, where I can share them with other people. None of them are diabetics, but they all love them. It’s great to know that ‘normal’ people enjoy my cakes. It shows, that when you bake from my recipes, you are not going to be the only one in your family who likes it.
I made these little mini cheesecakes from the leftover cranberries that I had in my freezer from Christmas. You don’t need much and it makes really nice and a bit different cheesecake. I made it in a mini sandwich tin from Lakeland, but you can make it in a regular spring form tin. Ingredients listed below will make 24 mini cheesecakes or one large cheesecake in a 23cm spring form tin.



Ingredients:
Chocolate base:
  • 80g dark chocolate
  • 150 g ground almonds
Cheese layer:
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 250 g double cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 160g erythritol
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cranberry mousse:
  • 300g cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 110g erythritol
  • 3 tsp granulated gelatine (or 3 leaves)
  • Juice of half lemon
Preparation:
Chocolate base:
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Mix with ground almonds and press into the bottom of the spring form tin (lined with baking paper). Set aside to cool down a bit.
Cheesecake layer:
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature. Place a tray of hot water at the bottom of the oven and preheat it to 150C.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the cheesecake layer. You may use whisk or electric hand mixer but don’t mix for too long. You don’t want to beat too much air into the cheesecake batter.
  • Pour the batter onto the base and bake for about 45 mins. Set aside to cool down completely.
Cranberry mousse:
  • Place cranberries, lemon juice and erythritol in a saucepan. Bring to boil and cook on a low heat for a couple of minutes. Press the mixture through the sieve to form a puree.
  • Cover the gelatine with hot water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes then mix it well until gelatine is completely dissolved. You may need to reheat it a bit in a microwave but be careful and don’t bring it to boil. Mix it with cranberry puree and set aside to cool down completely.
  • Whip the cream and fold in cranberry pure. Pour it over cheesecake layer and level the cake. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving.
Enjoy :)




Nutritional values:

1 slice (1/12 of the whole cake)
1 mini cheesecake
Carbohydrates
5.4g
2.7g
Protein
8g
4g
Fat
31g
15.5g
Calories
340
170
Based on moje wypieki

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Mince Meat Pies

Am I right thinking that after Christmas we all need a break from cakes, chocolate and desserts? I can confess that during festive season I definitely over indulged on lemon cheesecake and chocolate mousse. I was wondering what should be my first post after Christmas and I decided to make something savoury. I crave that kind of food much more at the moment than cakes! I came across these lovely pies on a great blog lowcarbisland. I made some alternations to the dough as I think it works slightly better this way. These pies make a delicious low carb lunch and they freeze well if you don’t fancy eating them all in one go :)

 
Ingredients (makes 6 pies):
Filling:
  • 200g mince beef meat
  • 1 small onion (I used 60g)
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 small carrot (about 100g)
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Spices (black pepper, salt, paprika, splash of soya sauce,oregano,garlic chopped)

Pastry:
  • 150 ground almonds
  • 40g soy flour
  • 250g Mozzarella, grated
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Preparation:
Filling:
  • Finely dice carrots, celery stick, mushrooms and onions. Heat up the coconut oil and sauté vegetables together with mince meat. Add tomato pure, garlic and spices. Fry for a couple more minutes and set aside to cool down a bit.
Pastry
  • Place mozzarella and cream cheese in a medium saucepan. Heat it up over a medium heat, string continuously, until its full liquid. Let it cool down slightly and add ground almonds, soya flour, the egg , salt and black pepper. Stir by hand to make dough.
  • Place the dough in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 220C and prepare little bowl of water to dip your fingers in. It really helps to work the dough into shape.
  • Divide the dough into two portions, about 60/40 ratio. Take the larger part and divide into six equal balls. Push these small portions into a large muffin tin. It will be a bit tricky as the dough is a bit sticky, but you should be able to fully line the muffin cups.  Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, until slightly browned. Remove from the oven and fill the pies with mince meat.
  • Divide the smaller portion of dough into six little balls. Place each ball on top of the pie and cover it, making sure the edges are stuck together. Bake for another 15 minutes until pies are golden brown. Let it cool down slightly before serving.

Enjoy :)






Nutritional values:


Per Pie
Carbohydrates
4.5g
Protein
23g
Fat
33g
Calories
401


Monday, 21 December 2015

Creme Brulee

A classic French dessert which, surprisingly isn’t very difficult to make. Stir together few ingredients and voila! You have indulgent and very impressive dessert on your Christmas menu. The big bonus is, you can make in advance, so no frantic preparations while your guests are waiting at the table. There is one downside though. Traditional brullee is served with a crispy layer of caramelized sugar on top, and obviously, we can’t do that in low carb version. Instead, I decided to use some cherry sauce. Maybe it’s not a traditional version of crème brulee, but it tastes really nice , if not better than with sugary topping.

Ingredients (makes 3 portions):
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp erythritol (powdered)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Fruit sauce:
  • 100 g cherries/raspberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp erythritol
  • Pinch of xanthan gum

Preparation:

Fruit sauce:
  • Place the fruits and erythritol in a small saucepan and cook for couple of minutes. Sprinkle the xanthan gum on top and mix well. Let it cool down completely and put in the fridge.
Cream brulee:
  • Preheat oven to 100C and prepare 3 ramekins.
  • In a small saucepan heat up cream with vanilla extract. Take off the heat just before it starts boiling. Let it cool down a bit.
  • Put the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk for 1 minute with an electric hand whisk until paler in colour and a bit fluffy. 
  • Pour the cream into the beaten egg yolks, continuously stirring with a wire whisk.
  • Set a fine sieve over a large wide jug or bowl and pour the hot mixture through to strain it.
  • Pour into ramekins and bake for about 40 – 45min until the mixture is softly set. It should wobble a bit like a jelly in the middle. Don’t let them get too firm.
  • Remove the desserts from the oven and let them cool down. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  • Spoon about 1 tbsp of fruit sauce on top and serve.

Enjoy :)







Nutritional information:

1 portion
Carbohydrates
3.5 g
Protein
6.5 g
Fat
55 g
Calories
550

Recipe based on mojewypieki