Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Chocolate Truffles

A bit of indulgence for sweet – toothed chocoholics,. Rich, creamy and smooth chocolate, that melts in your mouth. They are a bit similar to those you can buy in M&S, just better and will less sugar :)


Ingredients (for about 25 truffles):
150 g dark chocolate (I use Tesco, 30g carbs per 100g)
50 g double cream
75 g soft butter
1 tbsp xylitol
1 tsp. instant coffee#2 tbsp. cocoa powder

Preparation:
  • Chop the chocolate.
  • Bring the cream to the boil. Remove from the heat and add instant coffee, xylitol and chocolate. Stir well and let it cool down.
  • Add soft butter and mix well.
  • Line small baking tray or container with cling film and pour the mixture in it.
  • Place in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Divide the mixture into equal squares and form irregular truffles. Dust with cocoa powder.
  • Store in the fridge.


Enjoy :-)

Nutritional information:


Whole batch
1 truffle (1/25)
Calories
1696
67
Carbohydrates
50.8g
2g

 Source: Adapted from kwestia smaku



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds Crackers

If you run out of ideas for low carb snacks try these delicious crackers. Perfect combination of seeds, rosemary and black olives. They are easy and quick to make without much mess or preparation. Lovely accompany for cured meats or pickles and maybe glass of wine on Friday night J The only problem with them is its quite difficult to keep the portion to snack size J 

Ingredients:
  • 100 g almonds
  • 50 g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 black olives chopped
  • 10 g cheese (finely grated)
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
Preparation:
  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Beat the egg with olive oil and combine with dry ingredients.
  • Roll the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper. Remove the top sheet and cut out the shapes you like. It can be squares or circles (I used shot glass to make mine).
  •  Bake on baking paper for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Let the crackers cool down and serve with cheese or just plain.

Enjoy J

Nutritional information:

 

Whole batch

1 cracker

Carbohydrates

14.2 g

0.5 g

Calories

1358

54
 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Chocolate Mousse

The simplest chocolate mousse you have ever seen. I got this recipe from my friend years ago when she was following Montignac diet. If I remember well it’s a diet based on low GI so very appropriate for diabetics. The mousse is divine, richly flavoured yet light as air. There are not many more perfect ways to end a meal.



Ingredients (makes 2 portions):
  • 80 g dark chocolate (cut into small chunks)
  • 75 ml double cream
  • 50 ml full fat milk
  • 1 eggs
Preparation:
  • Place the cream and milk in the saucepan and bring it to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the pieces of chocolate. Leave the mixture to cool down a bit.
  • Break the egg into the mixture and whisk for a couple of minutes (using electric mixer will make that job much easier). Pour the mixture into glasses and refrigerate for at least four hours.

Nutritional information:


Per portion

Carbohydrates

13g

Calories

450

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season,
And a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness.
May your Christmas be Happy and Bright!!

I hope to see you all again in New Year with lots of new recipes and inspirations for low carb baking. I keep trying to prove that everything is possible, even baking without sugar and flour :) Happy Christmas to all bakers!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chocolate Cake with Pears

December has arrived incredibly fast with all Christmas decorations, madness of shopping and preparations for festive seasons. Many of us are already planning a Christmas menu, but we all know that it can get a bit tricky when it comes to low carb cakes and puddings. I’ve been thinking what I should bake not only to satisfy my own tastes buds (and don’t go off the meter!), but also to keep my family and friends happy. I decided to go for this rich and moist chocolate cake with aromatic pears. I found a recipe for this cake on one of my favourite baking blogs and adjusted it to diabetic needs a little bit. Omitting flour didn’t do much harm. In fact, I think it made this cake even better. Dense and smooth texture combined with soft pears make a perfect cake to enjoy with cup of good coffee or tea.

Ingredients:

For the cake (everything at room temperature):
  • 150 g dark chocolate (I used Tesco 74% Ivory Coast)
  • 120 g butter
  • 100 g Xylitol (powdered) plus a little bit for decoration
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbs. Cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
For the pears:
  • 200 g (about 1 ¼ medium pear)peeled and cut into long strips
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
Preparation:
  • Bring to boil water with cinnamon and star anise. Add the pears and cook on a very low heat for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the pears. You want them to be in nice whole pieces. Place aside to cool down.
  • In a large bowl, over simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth.Set aside to cool down a bit.
  • Using electric mixer beat the butter with xylitol until mixture gets light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, beating continuously.
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix until all nicely combined.
  • Combine ground almond, cocoa and baking powder together. Add it to the chocolate mixture and fold it in gently.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and place the pears in a circle (kind of star shape)and bake for about 30 – 35 minutes (check with the skewer if the cake is ready).
  • Cool it down and dust with powdered xylitol.

Merry Christmas J

Nutritional values:

Whole Cake
1 slice (1/12 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
101 g
8.5 g
Calories
3124
260

 Source : Adapted from moje wypieki

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick and easy recipe for Halloween Party. Moist, dense and truly delicious chocolate cupcakes, that will amaze everyone. I shared them with few of my friends (none of them on low carb diet) and everyone absolutely loved them. I took the recipe from BBC website and just swapped normal flour for almond and soy flour. I didn’t expect it would work so well!
Ingredients (for 6 large cupcakes):
  • 60 g ground almond
  • 40 g soy flour
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 100 g Xylitol
  • 1 egg
  • 120 ml full fat milk
  • 40 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

For topping:
  • 125 g mascarpone cheese
  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp. xylitol

Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 170 C and prepare 6 muffin cases (if you use smaller, cupcake cases you will need around 10 – 12)
  • Place the flour ,cocoa powder, xylitol, baking powder, salt and butter and using electric mixer beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  • Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract in a jug and slowly pour into the flour mixture. Beat to combine it for couple of minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean. Set aside to cool down.
  • For the topping whip the cream with xylitol. Add mascarpone cheese and combine together. Using piping bag decorate the cupcakes. You can use some pomegranate for decoration

Enjoy J


Nutrition: 


 Per Cupcake

Carbohydrates

9 g

Calories

400


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Coconut and Chocolate Cheesecake

Marvellous, creamy, baked cheesecake packed with flavours I love the most – coconut and chocolate. Lovely combination of smooth cheesecake covered with a blanket of rich, dark, chocolate mousse. The cake isn’t complicated but you will need to spend some time to build this lovely multi layered masterpiece :)



Ingredients (makes about 16 pieces):

Chocolate base: 
  • 200 g ground almonds  
  • 20 g cocoa  
  • 3 tbsp. powdered xylitol
  • 1 tsp. baking soda  
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)  
  • 2 eggs  

Cheesecake:  
  • 250g cream cheese  
  • 250g mascarpone  
  • 3 eggs  
  • 3 tbsp. ground almond  
  • 125 ml whipping cream  
  • 125 ml coconut cream  
  • 150 g powdered xylitol (or any other sweetener of your choice)  
  • 50 g desiccated coconut  
  • 1 tbsp. coconut essence (or coconut liquor)  

Chocolate mousse:   
  • 150g dark chocolate (I used tesco 74% cocoa)  
  • 350 g whipping cream  
  • 1 tbsp. coconut essence  

Preparation:  

Chocolate base: 
  • Preheat oven to 180 C and line a spring form tin with baking paper (only the bottom) 
  • Mix all dry ingredients. Slightly beat the eggs with a fork and add to the dry ingredients together with melted coconut oil. Mix well and put in a fridge for 30 minutes. Press evenly into the tin and bake for about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool down a bit.  

Cheesecake:   
  • Preheat oven to 160C and place a big tray with boiling water at the bottom of your oven. We will make a simple version of baking in a water bath :)
  • Place all ingredients for a cheesecake layer in a large bowl and mix with electric mixer for couple of minutes (not too long so the mixture won’t get too airy). 
  • Pour the mixture on a chocolate base and place on a shelf above tray with hot water. Bake for about 60 minutes. It should look set and firm (baking time may depends on your oven and can be a bit longer than 60 min). Set aside to cool down and refrigerate.  

Chocolate mousse:   
  • That’s the most time consuming part of the cake. It’s very easy but the mixture needs at least 4 hours in the fridge. Place whipping cream in a saucepan and warm it up (but do not bring it to boil). 
  • Take off the heat and add chocolate broken into little pieces. Stir well until you get nice, smooth chocolate mixture.  
  • Add liquor or coconut essence. Set aside to cool down and put in the fridge for about 4 hours.  
  • When the mixture is firmly set take it out of the fridge and using electric mixer beat the cream for couple of minutes to get a thick cream (as if you were making a whipped cream). 
  • Spread the mouse on top of cheese layer and place the cake in the fridge for couple of hours. Decorate with desiccated coconut and enjoy :) 

Nutrition:

Whole cake
1 slice (1/16 of the cake)
Carbohydrates
152g
9.5g
Calories
6527
407