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Old 17-02-2004, 09:25 PM
David Spears
 
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Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good experiences
or recipes. I'm using Splenda, which is a pretty good sugar
substitute but still has that bite that won't quite go away. Perhaps
a combination of sugar and Splenda (50/50, 75/25, ?), or something
else?

Also, I'd also like to get some opinions on where I can find higher
quality unsweetened baking chocolate. Any favorite brands?

I appreciate any help. Thank you.

Regards,
David

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Old 17-02-2004, 10:43 PM
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On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:33:39 -0700, Eric Jorgensen
wrote:

On 17 Feb 2004 12:25:02 -0800
(David Spears) wrote:

Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good experiences



You can't have cake. Deal.

Well, ok, lets look at the options. There are some highly scientific,
flat-out scary formulations for low-carb gluten-free bread, for example,
so I guess there's a chance. But what are you going to make it out of?
bean flour?



Dust bunnies.

Boron
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Old 17-02-2004, 10:56 PM
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On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 16:43:08 -0500
Boron Elgar wrote:

On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:33:39 -0700, Eric Jorgensen
wrote:

On 17 Feb 2004 12:25:02 -0800
(David Spears) wrote:

Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good

experiences


You can't have cake. Deal.

Well, ok, lets look at the options. There are some highly
scientific,
flat-out scary formulations for low-carb gluten-free bread, for
example, so I guess there's a chance. But what are you going to make
it out of? bean flour?



Dust bunnies.



Well, lets look at the science.

Cake is a carefully crafted matrix of starch, sugar, fat, and protein.

The protein here is largely from albumen, though I'm sure that what
protein does exist in cake flour plays some part.

Sugar is not just a sweetener, it's a structural component and adds to
the texture of the cake. I have no idea if chlorinated sugar works as
well here.

So lets say you buy some bean flour, which i hear has almost no carbs.
Great. I honestly can't imagine that bean flour will work properly. You
might end up with brownies. Cake exists by the grace of air trapped in a
flour-based batter. I do not speak from experience, but I'm betting that
bean flour and splenda aren't going to have the same ability to form
little bubbles.

Even if you make something tht works, the texture and flavor aren't
going to be right. It's not going to be'cake'. It's going to be a
substance that resembles cake. You may as well use some yogurt in the
mix.

I'm sorry, I just get all bent out of shape over dieters substitutions.
You chose a life without carbs. Why now are you seeking the shadow of
lost carbs?
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In article ,
(David Spears) wrote:

Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good experiences
or recipes. I'm using Splenda, which is a pretty good sugar
substitute but still has that bite that won't quite go away. Perhaps
a combination of sugar and Splenda (50/50, 75/25, ?), or something
else?


One of the Atkins recipe books has a cheesecake recipe which isn't bad.
Looking around online, I came across the following, which seems to be
close to it:

Ingredients:
3- 8 ounce packages of Philly Cream Cheese
25-30 Splenda Packets or equivalent sugar-substitute
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream

Preheat Oven To 375 Degrees F

1. Soften cream cheese in a large bowl.
2. With an electric mixer, blend cream cheese ALONE until creamy and of
an even consistency.
3. Add sugar, vanilla and sour cream and blend until incorporated.
4. *Important* Add eggs ONE at a time and blend after each until
incorporated into batter.
5. Spray a 9 or 10 inch glass pie pan with Pam to prevent sticking.
6. Add Batter to pie pan.
7. *Important, but not necessary* Place first pan in a larger pan filled
with water. This prevents the cheesecake from cracking and keeps it
moist inside.
8. Place both pans in oven for 45 minutes or until somewhat firm in the
center.

----
There are a TON of low-carb recipe sites that you can find if you Google
it.


Also, I'd also like to get some opinions on where I can find higher
quality unsweetened baking chocolate. Any favorite brands?


Ghirardelli

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Old 21-02-2004, 05:58 AM
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Wanna do it the simple way? Get the Adkins bake mixes or muffen mixes
and work from there...a little sour cream here....an xtra egg yoke
there, some crushed Endulgence bars....some ground nuts... some sugar
free coffee flavorings. Let me know what you find. I like the banana
nut muffen with some chopped nuts and a dab of sour cream mixed in and
baked in a loaf.

Scott wrote:
In article ,
(David Spears) wrote:


Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good experiences
or recipes. I'm using Splenda, which is a pretty good sugar
substitute but still has that bite that won't quite go away. Perhaps
a combination of sugar and Splenda (50/50, 75/25, ?), or something
else?



One of the Atkins recipe books has a cheesecake recipe which isn't bad.
Looking around online, I came across the following, which seems to be
close to it:

Ingredients:
3- 8 ounce packages of Philly Cream Cheese
25-30 Splenda Packets or equivalent sugar-substitute
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream

Preheat Oven To 375 Degrees F

1. Soften cream cheese in a large bowl.
2. With an electric mixer, blend cream cheese ALONE until creamy and of
an even consistency.
3. Add sugar, vanilla and sour cream and blend until incorporated.
4. *Important* Add eggs ONE at a time and blend after each until
incorporated into batter.
5. Spray a 9 or 10 inch glass pie pan with Pam to prevent sticking.
6. Add Batter to pie pan.
7. *Important, but not necessary* Place first pan in a larger pan filled
with water. This prevents the cheesecake from cracking and keeps it
moist inside.
8. Place both pans in oven for 45 minutes or until somewhat firm in the
center.

----
There are a TON of low-carb recipe sites that you can find if you Google
it.



Also, I'd also like to get some opinions on where I can find higher
quality unsweetened baking chocolate. Any favorite brands?



Ghirardelli


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Old 24-02-2004, 12:25 AM
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(David Spears) wrote in message . com...
Hi. I'm trying to make a flourless and sugar-free cake (I'm an
Atkins-doer), and I was wondering if anyone had any good experiences
or recipes. I'm using Splenda, which is a pretty good sugar
substitute but still has that bite that won't quite go away. Perhaps
a combination of sugar and Splenda (50/50, 75/25, ?), or something
else?

Also, I'd also like to get some opinions on where I can find higher
quality unsweetened baking chocolate. Any favorite brands?

I appreciate any help. Thank you.

Regards,
David


You didn't mention what would replace the flour, so here's one w/
nuts. I assume you could substitute Splenda for some sugar, I've
never done that, but sounds like you have.

Chocolate Nut Torte

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups ground pecans or other nuts (see note)
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (optional) or Orange juice or
zest

For glaze:

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/4 cup ( stick) butter or margarine

Pecan halves, for garnish

Melt chocolate morsels in microwave or over simmering water in double
boiler. Let cool.

Meanwhile, in small bowl of electric mixer, cream butter. Gradually
add sugar, mixing at high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5
minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
(Batter will appear to have curdled, but this is normal.) With mixer
on low speed, add melted chocolate chips, nuts and orange liqueur.

Butter an 8-inch round pan; line bottom with waxed paper. Pour batter
into prepared pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven 25 minutes.
Center of cake will seem moist and underbaked.

Let cake cool in pan 30 minutes. Run knife around edge of cake, and
invert cake onto wire cake rack. Remove pan and paper from cake. Let
cake cool a few hours.

To prepare glaze: Melt chocolate morsels and butter in microwave or in
double boiler. Spread glaze on top and sides of cake. Garnish top of
cake with pecan halves.

Yield: 10 servings.

Note: 2 cups of pecan halves yielded 1 1/4 cups ground pecans. The
ground nuts take the place of flour in this recipe.

Tester's note: The results are excellent. This type of cake freezes
beautifully, but you may want to glaze it after thawing.


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