Archive for January, 2009
Make good cookies GREAT with these helpful hints!
Cookies are so versatile. There are many great recipes, you can experiment with numerous ingredients, and best of all they are a dessert that’s easy and quick to make. But I may have found a way to improve them! About.com has a list of the Top Ten Tips for the Best Cookies. Whether you’re an experienced baker or you want to learn how to bake cookies, I think this article has something for everyone. Many people know that too much flour will make your cookies dry, but this list suggests reducing the flour in many cookie recipes by one quarter to prevent that. I never considered that before! I also love the tip on how to soften butter quickly…grate it into a bowl and leave it on the counter! The article also mentioned baking with the freshest ingredients, which reminded me to buy more baking powder because mine expired last month. I hope you find this list helpful…check it out here!
Suppress your appetite with Dark Chocolate!
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Well, I mostly use milk or semi-sweet chocolate in my easy chocolate dessert recipes, even though I know that dark chocolate is healthier. But a new study by the University of Copenhagen has found further benefits! The article, as posted on medicalnewstoday.com, says that dark chocolate makes the body feel more full, or satisfied after consuming. I find that a small piece of chocolate dessert usually satisfies me, but I have friends that could eat a whole chocolate cake by themselves! In that case, this article could really benefit and push a milk chocolate lover to the dark side. The study tested 16 men, and the result was that the men ate less after eating dark chocolate. What a great way to suppress your appetite while still getting your chocolate fix! It’s a cool study…check it out here!
A Microwave is the trick to this quick dessert!
I LOVE apple pie. Whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer, I could eat a hot slice with vanilla ice cream anytime. But when it comes to pie desserts, easy and quick are not words that come to mind especially when you have to make a pie crust. However, I just found a super easy way to make a similar apple pie dessert–apple crisp! The site About.com has a short video on how to make apple crisp in the microwave! It doesn’t suggest you add the ice cream afterwards, but that goes without saying, right? Get the recipe here!