Showing posts with label Flourless Chocolate Cake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flourless Chocolate Cake. Show all posts

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fat-Releasing Cake?

I have been counting calories in an attempt to shed some weight.  Yes, I know I posted a cookie recipe last week.  That was an unfortunate two day setback that I justified in a hundred different ways.  If you don't have a treat now and then, you won't stay on the diet.  If you don't eat normally during your diet, you will eat everything in sight after the diet and gain it all back.  Okay, that's not completely irrational.  One of my friends told me about the time she finished a liquid diet and zigzagged down the street eating every piece of fried chicken she could find.

Besides, those cookies are great.  They may be my new favorites!

So then, I happened to see an article about dieting mentioned on the cover of my mom's large print Reader's Digest.  I expected the same old thing, but there's an interesting new twist.  They analyzed years of weight-loss studies and came up with their own diet.  They put a bunch of their staffers on the diet with great success.  A dozen staffers lost 151 pounds in three weeks! The book about it is about to come out.  They claim there are foods that help us lose weight. They're calling them "fat releasers."  Music to my ears!

I hear you out there saying, sure -- iceberg lettuce and bird seed.  Wrong.  Well, maybe not completely, but there are some other foods that are especially good for us, too.  Like dairy.  They cite a study that indicates nonfat milk after exercise and again one hour later helps us retain muscle and shed fat, while strengthening bones!  Hmm.  They even advocate small amounts of walnuts and chocolate!  Perhaps of particular interest to many of you, red wine is a fat releaser, too.  Wow, permission to eat great food!

In The Diva Digs Up Dirt, there's a muffin recipe that makes use of walnuts ground into flour.  (I'll be posting it eventually -- it's my favorite muffin recipe ever!)  I'd been thinking about flourless cakes for Passover and it suddenly dawned on me that there are a lot of fat releasers in a flourless cake.  Eureka!  Chocolate, walnuts, and eggs.  It's all good!  (Okay, so there's still sugar, but you gotta live, right?)
Now this may not be exactly what Reader's Digest had in mind, but here's my stab at a fat releasing cake.  It turned out to have a nice light crumb.  Naturally, there's no sugary frosting and no butter except to grease the pan. 

Warning: this cake is bittersweet.  My mom is in love with this cake because it's not super sweet.  If you're one of those people who thinks cakes are generally too sweet, you'll love this.  If you prefer a sweet cake, you may want to double the sugar.  On the other hand, if you would generally rather lick off the frosting and leave the cake, it's definitely not for you. 

By my calculations, a small to average slice would run 150 to 200 calories.

What's your favorite weight loss tip?  

Fat-Releasing Cake
1 9-inch springform pan

1/8 tablespoon butter for greasing pan
1 1/2 cups walnuts
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
8 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/4 cup hot water
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso
6 eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease the springform pan. 

In a food processor, combine the walnuts with 4 tablespoons sugar and the salt, and pulse until the walnuts are tiny (don't let it become gummy like walnut butter).

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between.  Set aside to cool.

Boil water and stir coffee or espresso into it.  Set aside.

Separate the eggs.  Beat the egg yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar until thick (about 2 minutes).  Add some of the walnut mixture, the cooled chocolate, and the water gradually, alternating until they are all combined. 

Beat the egg whites until stiff enough to hold a peak.  Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.  Fold in half of the remaining egg whites, then the other half.  Pour into pan and bake 40 minutes or until the center is firm.

Serve with strawberries as a garnish.

Friday, November 6, 2009


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Find out how in the post above this one...

Happy Friday...

I cannot believe it's already November!
Man, does time fly...

For many of us, November marks the start of holiday season buzz. We're already starting to make our plans for family gatherings, office parties, religious celebrations...

For me, November also marks the publication of a very special entry in the Coffeehouse Mystery series: HOLIDAY GRIND.

The story is set during the Thanksgiving-Chanukah-Christmas nexus, which can be an incredibly uplifting time of year but (let's face it), sometimes a grind to get through.

You know what I'm talking about: the shopping, the crowds, the high epectations, the cooking for far too many guests, the interaction with certain family members who might be, shall we say, not so easy to deal with!

Anyway, some of these "grinds" get covered in my mystery, which is partly about my main character (Clare Cosi) solving the murder of a friend and partly about her desire to reclaim the spirit of the season, which was lost to her because of that murder.

In a way, the story is Clare's search for the meaning of the season, (admittedly) a well-worn theme for holiday books, but with good reason. I think many of us find ourselves looking for meaning at this time of year, and if we're very lucky, we find it.

You can read a free excerpt
by clicking here (pdf doc).


Next week, I'll have a brand new recipe for you here. For today, I'm sharing what foodie finds I have in store for those who pick up Holiday Grind...
The "Recipes and Tips" section for my latest mystery is by far the largest I've ever done (80 pages -- practically a mini book in itself). But, as I explained in Holiday Grind's afterword, this is really my bonus gift to those readers who continue to get a kick out of the coffee and culinary themes in my novels.

Flourless Chocolate Jamaican Rum Cake with Warm Coffee-Rum Sauce

This is a picture of just one of the many recipes you'll find in the back section of my new Coffeehouse Mystery...

(Another recipe from
Holiday Grind...)

Candied Citrus Peels

This recipe
also produces a
fantastic by product:

Bar Syrup

To see a list of exactly what Recipes and Tips you will get in the back of HOLIDAY GRIND, simply CLICK HERE.
LINK will jump you to my Web site's Recipe Page. Scroll all the way down and you will see the recipes listed...

Cheers & Happy Holidays!
(a little early),

~ Cleo Coyle

author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries (as Alice Kimberly)

My Official Web Home:

"Where coffee and crime
are always brewing..."

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