State Dessert of the Week

February 22, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in State Dessert | Leave a comment
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Starting this week, and starting with Alabama, I’ll be listing each State’s Official Dessert. Looking into this I did find differing opinions on the “Official Dessert”. I found some States have 2 or even 3 Desserts. So there is some disagreement on some of the Desserts. Also No two states can have the same dessert. Once a dessert is assigned to one state, no other state can lay claim to it. The information gathered comes from various websites on the net. If you would have recipes for any of the Desserts I’ll be passing along just send them to me and I’ll post them. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!
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State Dessert of the Week – Alabama Lane Cake

Alabama Lane Cake made famous by its appearance in To Kill A Mockingbird.

A thick slice of lane cake

Lane cake, also known as prize cake or Alabama Lane cake, is a bourbon-laden baked cake traditional in the American South. According to food scholar Neil Ravenna, the inventor was Emma Rylander Lane, of Clayton, Alabama, who won first prize with it at the county fair in Columbus, Georgia. She called it “Prize Cake” when she self-published a cookbook, A Few Good Things to Eat in 1898. Her published recipe included raisins, pecans, and coconut, and called for the layers to be baked in pie tins lined with ungreased brown paper rather than in cake pans.

The Lane cake is sometimes confused with the Lady Baltimore cake, which also is a liquor-laden fruit-filled cake, but of different pedigree.

Many variations of the Lane cake now exist, with three or more layers of white sponge cake, separated by a filling that typically includes pecans, raisins and coconut soaked in a generous amount of bourbon, wine or brandy. It may be frosted on the top, on the sides, or both.

Lane cake is often found in the South at receptions, holiday dinners, or wedding showers.

The cake has a reputation as being difficult to make, but this is no longer as true as it once was. When the recipe originated, there were no stand mixers, nor electric hand mixers, and even hand-crank eggbeaters were not universally available, which meant a lot of hard labor beating egg whites to frothy soft peaks. The wood-fired ovens of the time had no thermostats, making it difficult to produce a white cake. The pecans, raisins and coconut had to be chopped by hand or, more often, put through a meat grinder. The filling ingredients can be chopped in an electric food processor today. Modern refrigeration also makes it easier to produce a stiff filling, allowing one to build an orderly multi-layer cake, rather than a sticky, lopsided dessert. Even with modern conveniences, making a traditional Lane cake is still quite a task to undertake. It is still a special cake, best made several days in advance of an important family event, so the flavors have time to mingle. During the war, Lane cakes were a favorite among service men lucky enough to receive one for Christmas. By the time the cake arrived overseas, the spirits, raisins and cake had fermented into a special delight. Many southern families have stories of “the best cake ever tasted”.

Recipes for Lane cake vary because so many Southern Cooks who made Lane cake for special occasions fiercely guarded their recipe. Some lucky cooks use a recipe passed down from generation to generation, while many others rely on vague instructions and a variety of sources in an attempt to recreate the family tradition. One such cook, Atlanta baker and Alabama native, Lise Ode, wrote about such an attempt and shares the recipe she created on her blog. Professional chef, Tori Avey, includes a recipe for Lane cake on her website complete with pictures of each step. Although it is difficult to locate a copy of Emma Rylander Lane’s original cookbook or the revised edition, Some Good Things to Eat that was published in 1989, the recipe can be found in many older cookbooks. One such cookbook, The Purefoy Hotel Cook Book published in Talladega, Alabama in 1953 has been digitized and can be accessed through the Digital Public Library of America. The recipe for Lane cake appears on page 123–124.

Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone include a recipe for Lane cake in their cookbook Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked With Spirits, Wine, and Beer which uses 2 tablespoons of bourbon in the cake, 1 cup in the filling, and a buttercream frosting made from 1 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup half-and-half, 3 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup bourbon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

The original recipe for Lane cake called for 1/4 cup Bourbon added to the filling mixture only, although the bourbon was sometimes replaced with grape juice by cooks who did not believe in partaking alcohol. Whisky, Wine, and Brandy are mentioned in other recipes. Still other Lane cake cooks took great pride in using a homemade liqueur, such as Scuppernong Wine, making their cake all the more special and harder to duplicate. Most cooks placed the finished Lane cake in a covered tin and allowed it to “set” for up to a week before serving, in order for the spongy cake to “soak up” the flavor. Some also wrapped the unfrosted cake in a cloth that had been soaked in the bourbon, brandy, wine or grape juice while it set in a cool place, often in a bowl set inside a dishpan and then covered. It was then frosted with 7-minute boiled icing or other whipped white frosting, usually a day or more before serving.

Here’s 2 links of many for the recipe for Lane Cake

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/the-lane-cake

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-lane-cake/2efce79f-8d58-4b59-9894-e37c90f8bd37

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Hawaiian Cake Roll

November 13, 2016 at 5:58 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert | 2 Comments
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I’m passing along a recipe I came across, Hawaiian Cake Roll. There are several versions of this on many sites but I went with the one on the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site is loaded with delicious dessert and Full-Menu recipes. They have a fantastic selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes. So be sure to check them out if you’re looking for that special Holiday recipe! Enjoy and Eat Healthy. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Hawaiian Cake Roll
Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond slices, toastedCooksrecipes 2
1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener – divided use
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease bottom and sides of a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan; line pan with waxed paper; grease and flour waxed paper. Sprinkle almond slices and coconut evenly in pan. Set aside.
2 – Drain pineapple reserving 1/4 cup juice. Squeeze excess liquid from crushed pineapple; drain well on paper towels.
3 – Combine 1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, cornstarch, and reserved 1/4 cup pineapple juice, stirring until cornstarch is dissolved; stir in pineapple. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Spoon over almond slices and coconut. Set aside.
4 – Beat egg yolks at high-speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale; gradually add 1/3 cup Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, beating constantly. Stir in oil and almond extract. Set aside.
5 – Beat egg whites at high-speed until foamy; gradually add remaining 1/3 cup Splenda® Granulated Sweetener and corn syrup, beating until stiff but not dry. Fold beaten egg whites into egg yolk mixture.
6 – Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually fold into egg mixture. Spoon batter over pineapple filling, spreading evenly.
7 – Bake for 10 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven.
8 – Sift 2 tablespoons powdered sugar on a cloth towel. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula and immediately turn out onto sugared towel. Starting at narrow end, roll cake; cool 30 minutes on a wire rack seam side down. Cut into 1-inch slices.
Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe): Calories 190 | Calories from Fat 70 | Fat 7g (sat 2.0g) | Cholesterol 85mg | Sodium 130mg | Carbohydrates 26g | Fiber 2g | Sugars 13g | Protein 5g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/hawaiian_cake_roll_recipe.html

It’s Nuts I tell you!…. New Product – Organic Coconut Fig Superfood Energy Squares

August 18, 2016 at 5:19 AM | Posted in NUTS COM | 1 Comment
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I have a great new product to tell you about from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/), Organic Coconut Fig NUTS2 LOGOSuperfood Energy Squares. The Nuts website is loaded with delicious and healthy items like; Nuts, Dried Fruit, Chocolate and Sweets, Coffee and Tea, and more! All items can be purchased online in small amounts or Bulk. Free shipping also, check for details. Find all this at the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) Now more about the Organic Coconut Fig Superfood Energy Squares.

 

 

Organic Coconut Fig Superfood Energy Squares

Looking for a quick and healthy energy booster? Look no further than these delicious energy squares. Packed with nutrition and taste these bars are perfect anytime you crave a snack. Ideal for hikers and sports enthusiasts. These chunks of energy are never heated and are made of only the finest ingredients. Loaded with real pieces of organic coconut, figs, almonds, a variety of superfoods, and so much more!

Ingredients
Organic coconut, organic figs, organic agave syrup, organic cacao powder, organic almonds, organic vanilla extract, organic goji powder, organic coconut oil, organic lucuma powder, organic camu camu powder, sea salt. Contains: Nuts. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)NUTS1

Amount per serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 80
%DV
Total Fat 9g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%
Storage
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. It is ok to refrigerate.
https://nuts.com/snacks/energy-squares/coconut-fig.html

Caribbean Recipes

March 10, 2015 at 5:42 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Bring the Islands to your kitchen with these Caribbean Recipes, all from the EatingWell website! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 
Caribbean Recipes

Escape to the tropics with these island-inspired recipes.
Caribbean food abounds with the fresh flavors of pineapple, rum, lime and plenty of spices. Enjoy jerk chicken, fresh fruit salad, ‘Ti punch and more island favorites in this collection of healthy recipes. Try Broiled Ginger-Lime Chicken for a French-Caribbean dinner recipe or Coconut-Rum Banana Bread for a delightfully rich quick bread.

 

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Broiled Ginger-Lime Chicken
Flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and lime, this marinated chicken recipe is a favorite in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Serve with rice or couscous and black beans…..

 
Sautéed Snapper & Shrimp with Creole Sauce
In this island-inspired fish recipe, celery, bell pepper, tomatoes and wine complement the shrimp and fish. Serve this healthy fish recipe with brown rice, couscous or quinoa to soak up the fragrant sauce…..

 
Fish with Coconut-Shallot Sauce
This easy fish recipe with a flavorful garlic, thyme and coconut sauce is perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner. Serve with brown rice, to soak up the creamy sauce, and a green salad with vinaigrette……

 
* Click the link below to get all the Caribbean Recipes

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/caribbean_recipes

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Banana Walnut and Coconut Muffins

February 9, 2015 at 6:29 AM | Posted in PBS | 5 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Banana Walnut and Coconut Muffins. It’s from the PBS website, which is stocked full of great recipes. http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/

 
Banana Walnut and Coconut Muffins

Ingredients
4 very ripe bananas, mashed (will equal to about 2 1/2 cups)PBS3
4 large eggs
1/2 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter
4 tablespoons firm coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 /2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place muffin liners in each cavity of the muffin tin.
To the jar of a blender or food processor add the mashed banana and blend until very smooth, about 1 minute. Crack in the eggs, add the almond butter and melted coconut oil and blend once more until very smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender to make sure everything is incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a bowl (I used the same bowl I mashed the bananas in – no need to wash it out!) and mix in the coconut flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt. Next, fold in the chopped walnuts and shredded coconut.
Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way. Transfer to the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool before eating. Muffins will last up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container.

 

 

http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/banana-walnut-coconut-muffins/

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