Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Another experiment with Splenda
Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Copyright 2004
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups Splenda
1 large egg
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch tube pan (angel food pan) or nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and soda into a medium-sized mixing bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer. Add Splenda and egg. Beat until smooth. Add the egg substitute and vanilla. Beat briefly to incorporate. Add applesauce and half of the sour cream. Beat until smooth. Add the sifted flour mixture and beat at medium speed just until smooth. Add remaining sour cream and blend just until incorporated and batter is uniform. Set aside. I added a bit of salt.
Make Filling: Place 1/4 of cake batter in a small bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well.
Place 1/2 of the remaining cake batter into prepared pan. Top with filling. Swirl with knife. Top with remaining batter.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Makes 16 servings (slices). Nutrients Per Serving: Serving Size 1 slice, Total Calories 200, Calories from Fat 72, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 5 g,
Cholesterol 25 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Total Carbohydrates 28 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 4 g.
I think we all know enough about sugar and carbs to know that just removing the white sugar doesn't make a cake healthy but it's one step in the right direction. I thought that this cake was pretty good. It was moist with a strong hit of cinnamon (even though I used two very skimpy tablespoons because I was worried that this recipe might be a dud and I didn't want to waste all that cinnamon). I don't think the Splenda aftertaste can totally be avoided but it wasn't overwhelming here.
This is one of those recipes I've had my eye on for a while and I was very pleased that it wasn't disappointing.
I have to do my grocery shopping a day earlier this week since they're calling for snow on Thursday night. I hate when snow coincides with my regular grocery shopping night. The store will be swamped with people. It's only a forecast of 2-4 inches, yet people in this area tend to start stockpiling as if we were expecting a blizzard.
Blast From The Past: Chicken Piccata from March 2006. I've been craving this so maybe I'll make it next week.
Question of the Day: Do you run for groceries when they're calling for bad weather?