Friday, February 18, 2011

Desserts and treats!

Being on the LID is hard enough.  So, it's fun to add some treats into the mix!

LID Safe Brownies:

1 cup white sugar
4 egg whites
1/3 cup salt-free, dairy-free margarine (softened) - or you may use canola oil instead
2 envelopes (2 oz. total in the recipe, 1 oz. each) Nestle brand choco-bake unsweetened chocolate flavor (or substitute two squares of Baker's Chocolate melted, or 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil plus 6 Tablespoons of cocoa)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts

Combine sugar, egg whites, margarine (or oil), Nestle choco-bake and vanilla; stir until creamy. Add your flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Add the nuts. Spread in greased 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25- 30 minutes. Cut into two inch squares.
Variations:  Add Sunpsire chcolate chips (half cup) for double chocolate brownies.  Add mini-marshmallows for some extra sweetness.  Omit the nuts if you like.

LID Chocolate Chip Cookies:
2 sticks softened salt-free, dairy-free margarine (half pound)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
12 oz. Sunspire brand salt-free, dairy-free chocolate chips
Cream together the margarine and the sugar.  Add the vanilla and the egg whites.  Sift in the dry ingredients and mix until almost completely blended.  Add the chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.  Enjoy!

LID Vanilla Cake
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites
1/2 cup canola oil

Cream together the oil and sugar.  Add the vanilla, water and egg whites.  Mix well and set aside.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until incorporated, but don't overmix.  Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until done when tested with a cake tester or toothpick and it comes out clean and the cake springs back in the center.

LID Chocolate Frosting with a kick
3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
1/4 cup salt-free, dairy-free margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 envelopes (2 oz.) Nestle's Choco-Bake
2 teaspoons Godiva chocolate liquor (or use vanilla extract)
Sift together the sugar and salt.  In the microwave, melt together the margarine and the Choco-Bake.  Add the sugar/salt mixture to the margarine/Choco-Bake mixture and stir to incorporate.  It will be thick.  Thin it with 1/3 cup boiling water.  Lastly, stir in the liquor or the vanilla.  Let stand until it cools enough to frost the cake.  Enjoy!