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Battlestar Pielactica

So here it is, the final night of Battlestar Galactica and I decided to celebrate it in the only way I know how…pie.

Witness my creation that is BATTLESTAR PIELACTICA

Based on Starbuck’s mandala aka The Eye of Jupiter this fruit topped pie replicates the pattern featured so often in the series. If youre planning a finale party, heres your chance to wip up something delicious and healthy to celebrate!

Battlestar Pieactica

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (200 grams) all spelt or all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) Splenda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Healthy Custard Filling

  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package small curd cottage cheese (nonfat or lowfat)
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons spelt flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 pinch salt
  • 1-1/2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 egg whites
  • 1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup soy milk

Pie Crust
In a small bowl whisk together flour and salt. In a large bowl using a band mixer beat the butter until soft and gradually add in the Splenda. Add in the beaten egg and mix just until all ingredients are intermixed….do not overdo this! All at once add the flour mixture and mix just until it forms a ball. You dont want to overwork the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until it is a bit harder.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a rack in the middle. Take an 8-9 inch pie pan and lightly grease the bottom. Remove your dough from teh fridge and roll it out until it is about an inch larger than your pie pan. Carefully place the dough in the pie pan being careful not to stretch the dough (this will cause it to shrink when it bakes). Prick the bottom of the dough a few times with a fork to keep the dough from puffing up when it bakes. Place the pan in the fridge to cool and settle for about 20 more minutes. When the dough it cool take another pie tin and wrap the bottom in either aluminum foil or parchment paper and place it within the dough lined pie tin. Fill this with either rice, dried beans or any other weights. Put the pie crust in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown (I overdid mine just a hair). Remove the pie crust from the oven and lift off the weighted pie tin, allow the crust to cool.

Healthy Custard Filling
Place cottage cheese in strainer and let drain for about 1 hour or until most of liquid has been drained. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, Splenda, flour, lemon juice, salt, egg yolks, coconut milk, and soy milk. Mix well.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until firm and fold into batter until smooth. Place the mixture in the fridge for a few minute to cool before pouring into pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce oven to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow pie to cool.

Topping your Pie

You can really use just about any fruit to top your pie as long as it is yellow, red and blue.  I used mangoes, strawberries and blackberries but other options are raspberries, pineapple, peaches, blueberries or bananas. Just make sure the pattern is yellow, red, blue, yellow.

If you dont have enough time to make a pie from scratch for tonight, you can always buy a pre-made crust and fill it with either pudding or another quick custard-like filling.

Happy Batttlestar Galactica Day everyone! Enjoy the finale!

Watchmen Cookies

In honor of Watchmen opening at midnight tonight I present thee with…

Watchmen Cookies

Ive seen the smiley face with blood before but I love the Dr Manhattan and Rorschach cookies! So cute and clever!

Kirby Cupcakes

Ok one guess as to where Im linking to in this blog. Go ahead….guess….yup you guessed it, gaming confectionery guru Snack or Die. This time Jocelyn gives us what might be my favorite creation yet…

Kirby Cupcakes

Not only adorable, but these cupcakes are low-fat! Man Kirby could sure use some low-fat cupcakes himself! Its a simple mix using the old trick of Diet-Sprite when mixing the cake batter to cut down on sugar. The Diet-Sprite also ads a nice fluffiness to the mixture. After baking the cupcakes like normal all you need is some cake decorating gel and two little M&Ms to create your little Kirby’s.

Its actually incredibly simple and thats what makes this recipe so wonderful, anyone even with the worst cake decorating skills could execute this confection. So no excuses for not making this deliciously geeky treat!

Ice Cream Maker Tales: Pt. 2…electric boogaloo!

So in my last blog I described the glorious purchase of an ice cream maker and the epic failure that was our first attempt. To be fair it had nothing to do with the ice cream maker itself, just our own stubbornness and impatience.

Anyways the following night we regained our dignity and created the most delicious fro-yo this earth has ever tasted (well maybe not, but it was damn close)…Low Fat Banana Frozen Yogurt with Sugarless Dark Chocolate Chips. Dont let the ‘low fat’ and ‘dark chocolate’ fool you, this was a deliciously sweet treat. As Im sure you all know, I love to make healthy indulgences so of course my first frozen endeavor had to reflect this. Honestly getting an ice cream maker was one the best impulse decisions ever! I can make delicious and guilt free deserts whenever I want. I highly recommend the Cuisinart Classic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker its quick and VERY easy to use. No need to worry about ice or rock salt…just dump in the ingredients and in about 20 minutes you’ve got ice cream!

Low Fat Banana Frozen Yogurt with Sugarless Dark Chocolate Chips
Ingredients
2 very ripe bananas
3 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
juice of 1/2 orange
2-3 table spoons unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup splenda or other sweetener
1 cup sugarless dark chocolate chips (I just bought a bag of hersheys sugarless dark chocolate bars and mashed them up)

In a bowl mash up the bananas until no chunks remain. Add a few table spoons of apple sauce and the juice of 1/2 orange to the banana mash, this is only to add some fluid not flavor, so you dont need to add much…just enough to give a little bit of liquid to the mixture. Bananas are generally very sweet so I only added a 1/2 cup of sweetener, if you feel the mixture needs to be sweeter add more. Mix thoroughly and put in the fridge to cool for about an hour.

Combine 3 cups of low-fat vanilla yogurt to the banana mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the mixture and freeze it in an ice cream maker using the manufacturers instructions. Make sure to only put in as much of the banana yogurt mixture as the instructions say! Each ice cream maker is different, mine for example can only hold 3 and 1/2 cups of liquid before its turned on so I had a little of the banana yogurt left over.

About 5 minutes before the frozen yogurt is done (when its thick but not too hard) add in the dark chocolate chips.

Serve and enjoy! Sprinkle some extra dark chocolate on top for extra deliciousness. Easy huh? Tastier and healthier than that store bought junk and just as easy as walking to the local corner store!

I’ll be trying out more frozen treat recipes over the coming weeks but send me any recipes or suggestions if you have them! The other night I made some Young Coconut Juice Sorbet…it was tasty but the consistency was not quite right so you’ll have to wait until I perfect the recipe to hear about that one.

Baking for lushes

Yesterday at my office someone brought in margarita cupcakes for my friend Amorena’s birthday. With much skepticism I tried a lick of the bright green frosting. Was it bad? No. Was it good? Not really. It just tasted like a lime frosting with a hint of tequila which didnt really seem to go well with the whole cupcake thing. However, it got me thinking about what other deliciously alcoholic baked goods you could make. So I hit the internet and searched for recipes utilizing some of my favorite drinks as inspiration. The result? Well….Im lets just say Im planning a ladies baking night already ;)

White Russian Cake
whiterussiancake
Ok so Im actually more fond of Black Russians….but the cream in a White Russian just fits better for baking.

Chocolate Pecan Whiskey Pie
whiskeypie
Whiskey and chocolate….what more could a gal want in life?

Rainbow Daiquiri Sorbet

Ok Ok I know…this isn’t technically a baked desert…but growing up my favorite ice cream flavor was always Baskin-Robbins Daiquiri Ice. What 6 year old likes daiquiri flavored sweets?!? Well, I guess that was a sign of my future lushness.

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

For those unfamiliar, a Harvey Wallbanger is basically a Screw Driver with a twist and bit of herbal vanilla hints.

Whiskey Cookies

Mmmm….now if only I could somehow combine these with the bacon cookies I would be all set.

Irish Stout Cake with Whiskey-Sour Icing

Mmmm Whiskey Sour (are you noticing a Whiskey trend here?) a simple classic drink. Why not combine it with cake and been and call it a night? I think I will ^_^

So there are just a few deliciousy boozey baked goods. I’ll try these out with the ladies and report back on our adventure. One thing I want to try and develop myself is a Whiskey and Gingerbread Cookie. I looked all over and couldnt find a recipe for this! Too me, this one makes perfect sense! I mean who doesn’t love a nice glass of Jameson on the rocks with just a splash of ginger? Why not take that and make a cookie?! Im thinking normal gingerbread cookies with a Jameson icing. Mmmm.


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