Pumpkin and Blueberry Pie, Sugar Free!

Pumpkin Pie

Are you tired of this meaning delicious seduction and a ban on bikinis? Are you having to turn a blind eye to those favourite sweet treats because of newfound diabetes or weight issue? Do you want to lower the sin guilt trip when you know you can’t resist a third (or fourth) slice? Let me tell you now, then. I have the answer. Today, I’m going to share with you two delicious pies that are tried and sure to be the best sugar free pies you will ever have! Anyone who has tried baking with Splenda knows the horrors it can wreak on consistency and flavour, but I’m here to say that you won’t have that problem any more if you try these out.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

Makes 1 pie. Serves 8.

Pumpkin Pie

  • 3/4 cup Splenda (or 3/4 cup sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp heaping ginger
  • 1/4 tsp heaping cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 oz) can Skim Evaporated Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Combine sugar/Splenda, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then, reduce temperature to 350 degrees Farenheit, bake 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.

Blueberry Pie

Now, nothing says American summer like good blueberry pie. And now, with this easy Splenda-able blueberry pie straight from the American South, you can appreciate a slice of juicy blueberries and spices with everyone else. The bonus? You don’t lose any of the sweet flavour in the process.

Having a mother who can’t eat sugar, I always cook a sugar-pie and a Splenda-pie, marked by blue masking tape. Whether you have a diabetic family member or simply want a healthy alternative to your favourite treats, give these pies a whirl. You won’t regret it!

Blueberry Pie

Sugar Free Blueberry Pie

Makes 1 pie. Serves 8.

  • 5 and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.
  • 3 tblsp flour
  • 2-4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2/3-3/4 cup Splenda (or sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tblsp butter (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Prepare 2 crusts. Fill one with berries. Sprinkle lemon juice over the berries, then the mixed dry ingredients. If desired, add blobs of butter over mixture. Top with the other crust. Prick the top crust and crimp the sides.
  3. Bake for one hour. Serve hot over ice cream.

Happy baking!

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3 Ways to Die by Chocolate

Ok, let me make this clear: unless you put arsenic into any of these recipes, you shouldn’t actually die. No promises though, because these are 3 recipes from the lovely Martha Stewart Food magazine that will leave you wondering if you’re having an out of body experience. I might be blowing my own horn a bit much, but really. These recipes, try them.

Double Chocolate Pudding
Double Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, plus shavings

Directions

  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in milk, taking care to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.
  2. Whisking constantly, heat over medium until the first large bubble sputters, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Add butter, vanilla, and chocolate; stir until smooth.
  3. Place plastic wrap on surface of pudding (to prevent a skin from forming); chill at least 3 hours (or up to 3 days). To serve, whisk until smooth; divide among serving cups, and garnish with shavings.
Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 4 ounces melted and 4 ounces coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; mix in vanilla. Combine espresso powder and melted chocolate; beat into butter mixture. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  3. Drop dough by two heaping tablespoons, 3 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until edges are dry, 14 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Pistachios

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large strawberries (about 20), washed and dried well
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios (optional)

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. One at a time, dip each strawberry in chocolate, twirling to coat; then sprinkle chocolate-covered portion with pistachios, if using, and place on waxed paper.
  3. Chill chocolate-dipped strawberries at least 15 minutes to set chocolate. (Strawberries should not be stored in refrigerator longer than 1 hour as condensation drops may collect on the chocolate.)
Chocolate Strawberries
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