Archive for January, 2014

Healthier Baked Goods

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The trend towards healthier eating is here to stay. But healthy baking means different things to each of us. Some people focus on using a natural liquid sweetener such as honey or agave, while some are only concerned with reducing fats, or using organic ingredients. Others have a list of forbidden ingredients such as white sugar, white flour, or shortening. But a majority of people agree that creating healthier baked goods means we must include whole grains while lowering the fat and sweetness levels. It’s not always easy, but with experience we can achieve delicious baked goods that are healthier than traditional sweet treats and pastries.

In my healthy baking class I emphasize using whole grains, lowering fat levels, and using fruits to reduce the amount of added sweeteners. Last night in class we made a whole wheat streusel, an apple crumb whole wheat coffeecake, and oatmeal cookies.

Preparing fruits for the coffeecake and cookies. Adding fresh and dried fruits allowed us to cut way back on sugar.

Ready for the oven, whole wheat apple coffeecakes topped with a whole wheat streusel. This coffeecake is a delicious apple treat to be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or an anytime snack.

Cookies for breakfast? These cookies, with an abundance of dried fruits and oats, are certainly healthier than donuts or most breakfast cereals.

Packing up for home.

Home-Based Baking at its Best! If you have a home-based food business, remember that the healthy eating trend is here to stay. If you sell at a farmers’ market and don’t already have a product that incorporates a whole grain or fruit (fresh or dried), please consider at least one “healthier” product.

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Biscotti Class!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Last week in class we made three biscotti recipes: cranberry orange, almond delight (using almond paste), and a marbled recipe.

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The almond paste biscotti was finished with chocolate drizzle.

Packing up for home!

Home-Based Baking at its Best! Remember, biscotti is a long shelf life product!

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Brownies: The Federal Case

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

I know it’s the season for low calorie foods and healthy baking. But sometimes we just crave brownies!

Brownies with nuts.

Brownies with icing!

Brownie triangles with icing!

Or over the top brownies stuffed with chocolate bars (top) or candy bars (bottom).

I was looking through my recipes and came across a post about brownies.

A 26-Page Brownie Recipe? Only At The Pentagon : NPR

Brownies are one of the simplest things in the world to bake — that is, unless you’re following the official brownie recipe for our men and women in uniform. The recipe has specifications on everything from nut size to water quality.
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It’s a great story, but they didn’t print a recipe. Maybe we need to file under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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More S’Mores, Product Ideas

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Last month I posted about S’Mores products. This month I have a few more ideas. Remember, regular market research will help you with creating new products. Once you find an interesting idea you can use your own recipes to create the product.

This bakery topped their chocolate brownies with marshmallows and a sprinkle of crushed grahams.

Do you make cupcakes?

Use chocolate or yellow cake, add buttercream icing, a piece of graham cracker and chocolate, and a large marshmallow.

Customers looking for comfort food? Make chocolate pudding then add marshmallows and graham crackers. This idea would look great in a plastic cup.

Home-Based Baking at its Best! Remember that market research reaps rewards.

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Happy New Year 2014!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

My advice for the coming year:

1. Find or develop new recipes.

2. Be kind to your equipment.

3. Be safe.

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