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Make baking a bit lighter for family

April 7, 2014
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

A bestselling cookbook author in Britain comes to us with Lorraine Pascale's "A Lighter Way to Bake" (Ecco, $29.99).

From her BBC television show, "Baking Made Easy," Pascale's fans have asked for a healthier alternative to treats - to be able to enjoy with fewer calories. And what home cook for a family wouldn't like to see their family cut down on the sugar in their life? Pascale finds ways to cut calories and carbs for home cooks and still be able to enjoy an occasional treat.

Breakfast & Brunch recipes include Raspberry & Banana No-Knead Breakfast Loaf and Double-Chocolate Chip "Cupcake" Muffins.

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Bread recipes include Honey & Oat Bread and Sesame Pretzel Buns.

Savory Bakes include main dishes like Herbed-Baked Chicken Strips with Honey & Mustard Dipping Sauce and Quickish Thai Fish Pie.

Desserts include Key Lime & Lemon Cheesecake Loaf and Chocolate Chocolate Torte.

Cakes include such delights as White Chocolate & Cherry Torte with Creme Fraiche Chantilly and Victoria Sponge.

Cookies & Bars include Oatmeal & Ginger Cookies and Cardomom and Ginger Shortbread.

Teatime Treats include Skinny Caffe Latte Butterfly Cakes and Chewy Coconut Macaroons with a Cheeky Touch of Lime.

Special Occasions & Entertaining recipes include Petite Phyllo Quiche Lorraine (Pascale) with Red Onion, Bacon and Thyme and Raspberry, Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake with Almond Flowers.

I made Blooming Brownies, which reminded me of flourless chocolate cake - they had 3 tablespoons of flour in them and no raising agent, relying on the whipped eggs for the puffiness. These are very rich and chocolatey and serve 16 at 165 calories each! The girls thought they were very chocolatey and enjoyed eating them warm out of the oven. One bit of warning - I found a bit of the instructions vague at times, so non-veteran bakers may find them a bit tricky.



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