Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to make a birthday cake that children will surely love?


Birthday is one occasion which all long to celebrate especially on its first year. But birtdays without a perfect birthday cake would not be complete. Birthday cake is always thought of and is never missed during the planning stage. Birthday cake is the most important item to be displayed in the table for it brings the entire atmosphere joy and happiness in the occasion. Its quite ironic though, that the birthday cake is always the least item to be consumed. So to ensure that every guest and kids will surely love your birthday cake, try making one yourself.

To prepare the base cake refer to Chocolate Decadent Cake Recipe. Change baking pan into 9"x 5" rectangular pan.


Frosting: Creamy butter frosting recipe
  • 75 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 4 Tbsp tablespoons milk
In a large clean mixing bowl, cream butter, salt, and vanilla using a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition. Add 3 tablespoons milk, continue beating until smooth. Beat in more milk until desired spreading consistency is reached.

Chocolate Ganache for decorations and letterings
100 grams bittersweet chocolate, chopped
100 grams heavy cream
25 grams unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS
In a large saucepan, heat the chopped chocolate, heavy cream and butter stirring constantly until all the chocolate is melted and texture is smooth. Do not boil the chocolate mixture. When the right consistency and texture is achieved, remove immediately from heat and transfer in another container. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator. Ganache can be reheated in a double boiler over simmering water or using microwave oven.
For decorations, beat the cooled ganached until fluffy. Pour in pastry bag with the desired decorating tip attached.

Monday, May 25, 2009

How to make banana smoothie?

Banana is the bicycle rider’s best friend and diarrhea sufferer’s ally

Banana gains its popularity among bikers, athletes, and most especially among body builders because of its high level of potassium which facilitates in muscle contraction. Studies revealed that people with high potassium level are less likely to have hypertension. Banana is also rich in magnesium, vitamin B6, providing one-third of the RDA. So start including banana in your daily diet.
I never thought banana could be a good component of a smoothie. I find it yucky at first especially when the banana is smashed and blended forming a slimy bubbly texture. I also do not like its soury smell. However when I read the nutritional facts of banana and how essential it is for athletes and gym goers, I started researching in the internet the best way of making a smoothie out of banana. Here, let me share what I found from videojug.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Low Calorie Applesauce Muffins Recipe

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I got this recipe from the book, The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods that Help You Fight Back!
For health conscious people, this low-fat muffin recipe is perfect for breakfast because it does not have eggs and butter which further eliminates a great deal of cholesterol. It is quick to prepare and assemble.

Yield: 10 muffins

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup soy or other nondairy milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon molasses (not blackstrap)
1 tablespoon vinegar (such as apple cider vinegar)
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
vegetable oil spray

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix well flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

In a larger bowl, combine applesauce, nondairy milk, oil, molasses, and vinegar. Mix thoroughly. Add flour mixture and stir just to mix. Add in raisins. Spoon into lightly vegetable oil sprayed muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator. If longer storage is required, place the muffins in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw before serving.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chocolate Smoothie by Karen Knowler


One perfect smoothie after a heavy work-out. You may reduce the calorie content by thinning out the nut milk or using just water.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A treat for this mother's day: Peanut Butter Bars


Treat you mom with low calorie delicacy to show how important she is to you....this recipe is very easy and quick to prepare.

Peanut Butter Bars

100 grams sugar lb White Sugar
100 grams Brown Sugar
1 piece large eggs
100 grams Butter, softened
4 oz Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
100 grams flour
1 cup oatmeal
Frosting:
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
2 tablespoon dutch cocoa powder
1/4 c peanut butter
2 tablespoon milk
1/2 ts vanilla

Preheat oven at 35O°F. Grease a 9x4 rectangular pan.
In mixing bowl beat egg, butter, peanut butter, sugar vanilla until soft and fluffy.
In a separate bowl mix together well baking soda,vanilla,flour,and oatmeal.
Add gradually the dry ingredients to the cream.

Spread evenly in pan.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until done.

Spread with frosting.

For Frosting:

In a bowl whisk together the sugar and cocoa.
Heat peanut butter, milk and vanilla over low heat; add to dry ingredients.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to make sponge cake


Classic: How To Make Sponge Cake
Try this easy step-by-step procedure on how to make sponge cake.

Sponge cakes are airy light cakes leavened by egg white. Unlike in chiffon, it does not contain oil and fats. A variety of sponge cake recipes are developed incorpating various fillings like fruits, chocolates, nuts, milk and cream

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How to make green smoothie


Its highly fibrous and its good for those who have irregular bowel movement.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tropical Fruit Smoothie (part II)

Orange Pineapple Recipe
1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 banana
1/4 teaspoons ginger root ‐‐ fresh, peeled, grated, up to 1/2 teaspoons
1/2 cups crushed ice ‐‐ or 2 small ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth

Papaya Smoothie
2 papayas, ripe
1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
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Smoothies for Athletes
Peel, seed and coarsely chop papayas. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings. About 2 cups of papaya cubes would make two tall glasses of smoothie. Select the ripest for best flavor. If not ripe enough, you may have to add a little sugar to the smoothie.
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