Posts Tagged ‘ginger’

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

There are few spice blends that I use more than Pumpkin Pie. It’s so good in everything – from my Pumpkin Protein Shake, to Greek-style yogurt, cheesecake, quick breads, spice cookies, sprinkled on oatmeal…the list goes on and on.

The one that you can buy is good in a pinch…but nothing beats the hand-picked cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, high-quality ginger and all the LOVE that goes into making your own!

I know there are higher-end places you can buy spices, but I love Penzey’s. They are super fresh and affordable, and have a big variety.

Making your own blend means you can choose the flavors you love to dominate, add just a touch of this or that and go heavy on something else. This recipe is the ratios that I love – add, subtract…use a stronger or milder cinnamon – whatever makes you happy in your heart!
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For the standard, Libby’s-everybody-loves-it pumpkin pie recipe (two pie-big can) I use 3 1/2 teaspoons of the mix.
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12 teaspoons China Cassia cinnamon (this is my fave, but any will work)
6 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 rounded teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg  (makes a huge difference!)
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Combine all and store in an airtight container.  Keeps at least six months.

 

 

 

 

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GINGER-MOLASSES COOKIES

If you want crispy, crinkly, snappy ginger cookies, these aren’t them.  But soft, chewy-cakey, velvety?  Gotcha covered.

This is my favorite spice cookie and it gets BETTER as it ‘ages’.  Make these a couple days ahead of when you want to serve them, wrap tightly, and put away for a sweet nap.  So comforting.

Pour yourself a cup of Chai tea and slip one of these beauties onto your saucer – sit back, soothe your soul, and overdose on spices. The perfect way to spend a Holiday afternoon.

Lots of photos…just cause they are so gorgeous!


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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup packed Whey Low Gold
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup mild molasses
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger (yes…a Tablespoon)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
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In a large bowl beat the butter, cream cheese, WL granular, and WL Gold until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, water, and molasses.
In a small bowl combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, soda, and salt. Add all at once to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours – I do it overnight so it’s very cold.
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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. If you can, use parchment paper to line a sheet with. Drop dough by a very rounded tablespoon (or 1/3 cup – seriously.  I love BIG cookies!)  onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with WL granular. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on the size, or until just set.   (I sprinkle with granular again while they are still warm.)  If using paper, simply slide off entire thing onto a rack and cool completely.  If not, let them sit on the baking sheet for a moment to set and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
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Makes 30 cookies.
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Per Cookie: Calories 81, Fat 4 gr, Protein 1 gr, Sugars 5 gr, NET Carbs 10 gr, Sodium 11 mg

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SPICED MINI CHEESECAKES

Portion control.  IF you can control yourself and eat just one!

I love cheesecake – and it’s so easy to make sugar free.  Tastes fabulous (gets better as it sits at least a day in the fridge) and takes no time to whip up a batch of these little beauties.

Took a simple vanilla recipe and added some Autumn spices – a crust of crushed sugar free cookies and butter…toasted pecans on the top.  A great dessert to nibble at with a cup of decaf on a windy, chilly evening.

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1 1/3 cups crushed sugar free ginger snaps, if you can find them OR graham cracker crumbs

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup melted butter

Two 8-ounce packages reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Splenda Granular

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon cloves

2 eggs (to reduce the fat, use 1/2 cup EggBeaters.  It won’t be the exact same texture, but will still be great.)

Toasted pecans, to sprinkle, optional

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 12-regular sized muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Spray lightly with vegetable cooking spray.  (I like the foil ones – they are pretty and seem to hold up better.)

In a medium bowl combine the graham or cookie crumbs, cinnamon, and melted butter.  Divide and press into each lined cup.

In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in the Splenda, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, just until incorporated.  Divide batter evenly amongst the cups.  (You can fill them to the top.)  Sprinkle on toasted pecans, if desired.

Bake for 15-20 minutes – or JUST until they are almost set.  Should still be slightly jiggly.  (They will continue cooking for a minute or two out of the oven.)  Allow to cool completely and remove from the pan.  Chill for at least several hours, or preferably overnight.  Makes 12 mini cheesecakes.

Per Cheesecake: Calories 218; Protein 7 g; Fat 14 g; Carbs 16 g; Fiber 1 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 218 mg

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GINGERBREAD CUSTARD

There is not much more comforting than the silky, velvety, creamy, decadent feel of old-fashioned baked custard!

These are so good…spicy and not too sweet.  I love them warm, but chilling seems to accent the flavors.  Breakfast, dessert, midnight-snack – you can enjoy  a guilt-free  little cup of love anytime.

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4 eggs

Pinch of salt

3/4 cups 2% milk

One 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk

1/4 cup DaVinci or Torani sugar free Gingerbread syrup OR 2 tablespoons molasses

1/2 cup Splenda Granular

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Cinnamon to sprinkle
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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place six 4-ounce custard cups/ramekins in a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, salt, milk, evaporated milk, syrup, Splenda, vanilla, ginger, and cloves. Pour, through a fine mesh sieve, into the custard cups.  Sprinkle liberally with the cinnamon.

Pour very hot (not boiling) water into the baking pan coming halfway up the cups. Bake for 25-45 minutes. The time will vary depending on the humidity, altitude. They should jiggle slightly, but a sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean and nothing oozes out of the cut when gently pressed.

Remove from the water bath and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving (with molasses): 121 Calories; 7 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 10 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 111 mg Sodium

Per Serving (with sf syrup): 100 Calories; 7 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 5 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 109 mg Sodium

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SPICED RICOTTA PANCAKES WITH GINGER-PEAR BUTTER

These little pancakes are not overly sweet and go great with the Ginger-Pear Butter.   A 1/4 cup Greek-style yogurt on top and you’ve got a filling breakfast that should keep the cravings at bay.

Even if you just make the butter – wow!

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1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup almond flour
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup skim milk
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Splenda (sugar)
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals

In a small bowl combine four, almond flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs, ricotta, milk, molasses, Splenda, and coffee crystals. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture just until combined. Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons onto hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook until set, another 2 minutes or so. Makes 9 servings, 2 pancakes each.

Per Serving: 130 Cal; 6 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 15 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 6 g Sugar; 116 mg Sodium

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GINGER-PEAR BUTTER

Two 14-ounce cans pears in juice
Zest and juice of one lemon
1/3 – 1/2 cup Splenda (sugar)
1 vanilla bean, split OR 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Drain pears and puree in blender or food processor. In a small saucepan place the pear puree, lemon zest and juice, Splenda (sugar), vanilla bean, salt, cardamom, cloves, and ginger. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook for 1-1 1/2 hours or until reduced and thickened. Stir occasionally. Allow to cool and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

 

 

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