Chocolate Baklava Bites

20170325_105856Ζητω Η Ελλαδα!!! Χρονια πολλα Ελλαδα!  Long live Greece and Happy Greek Independence Day to all the Greeks around the world! Today is a national holiday in Greece as it marks the start of the Greek war for Independence (March 25, 1821) from the Ottoman Empire (Turks). As a tribute to this important day in Greek history it is only natural I had to make one of if not the most famous Greek dessert around the world…baklava.

20170325_105650As with everything I bake I try to put my own creative spin on it and these mini baklava bites are no exception. I know my version of baklava will probably drive all the yiayia’s (Greek for grandmother) crazy because it does not resemble anything to the traditional baklava they are used to making. However, I feel that given a taste of these bites even my harshest critics would find it hard to resist admitting how great these came out.

20170325_110032-(1)Traditional baklava is a blend of toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, or walnuts depending on the baker) layered between buttery sheets of fillo then soaked in honey syrup. For my version, I decided to add a hint of chocolate because who doesn’t love chocolate. In order to incorporate the traditional flavor provided by ground hazelnuts, I used some leftover Greek Merenda spread, which is the Greek equivalent of Nutella, to provide a rich hazelnut chocolate flavor.

20170325_105905For such a small dessert these bites do not lack any of the flavor or richness found in traditional recipes. They are great to serve at large gatherings because one recipe makes 30 and their bite size cuts down on the messiness of cutting into and eating the original. I recommend trying this modern version of the classic Greek dessert! Kali Orexi!

Chocolate Baklava Bites

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Walnuts
  • ¾ cup Almonds
  • ½ cup Honey (preferably Greek)
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; melted
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ cup Hazlenut-Chocolate Spread (such as Merenda or Nutella)
  • 2 boxes Mini Fillo Shells; 15 shells each

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange walnuts & almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden & fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes. Allow nuts to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, add the honey, water, and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until honey dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 230°, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm. Discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the slightly cooled nuts to the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Pulse to combine.
  4. Place hazelnut-chocolate spread in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Place mini fillo shells into wells of 2 mini cupcake tins. Working quickly place 1 tsp. of melted hazelnut spread into the bottom of each fillo shell. Next, top each fillo shell with 1 tsp. of the nut mixture. Bake in oven until filling is hot and fillo is golden, about 10 minutes.
  5. Pour 1 tsp. of honey syrup into each fillo cup while warm. Allow syrup to soak in and then add another 1 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate at least 5 hours but preferably overnight for flavors to develop.

 

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Boozy Black & Tan Brownies

20170314_183558Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To most Americans (Irish ancestry or not), the day is likely spent sporting green colored clothing, eating corned beef & cabbage, and having an excuse to drink way too much Guinness or Bailey’s. This St. Patty’s Day I chose to make a boozy delight to honor the famous Irish stout, Guinness. These brownies are named after the well-known drink of the same name made up of part Guinness part Lager, however it would be wise to never order this drink in Ireland. If you happen to make that mistake you may be met with a bit of anger as the drink shares the same name as the British soldiers that were sent to Ireland to fight back the Irish rebels in the Easter Rising of 1916.

20170314_183739I will admit these brownies did not turn out quite as planned but rather than hide it I will share it so that others do not make similar mistakes. I expected the brownies to be a bit taller as I used straight from the bottle Guinness as opposed to flat. The problem likely occurred due to my little kitchen helper getting overzealous with the stirring of the batter. My second issue arose completely at the fault of my own. The brownies were not quite the texture I desire of a brownie. They resembled more of a cake-like bar and even seemed as if they were undercooked despite being left in the oven 5 extra minutes than intended. I think this was a result of using a glass baking pan instead of metal. This is only a theory though as it was the only difference compared to when I usually prepare brownies. Regardless of my few errors these were still delicious. Most desserts that claim to be boozy you can never taste the alcohol after it cooks but with these you definitely feel it. Give them a try!

Boozy Black & Tan Brownies

Tan Brownies Ingredients:

  •  6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; softened
  • 1 ½ cups Brown Sugar; packed
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4.5 oz. (1 cup) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup Chopped Walnuts

Black Brownies Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate; finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout
  • 4.5 oz. (1 cup) All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Salt

Preparation:

  1. Place one oven rack in lower third of oven and move 2nd rack to center of oven. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan (preferably metal) with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare tan brownies, place 6 tbsp. butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine 4.5 oz. flour, baking powder, and ¼ tsp. salt. Add flour mixture and walnuts to sugar mixture, beating until just combined. Spoon into prepared baking pan, spreading evenly with a rubber spatula or other utensil. Bake for 15 minutes on lower rack.
  3. Meanwhile, to prepare black brownies, melt chocolate and 4 tbsp. butter in a large microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute (or until melted), stirring in 20 second intervals until smooth. Add sugar, stirring until well combined. Add 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, and Guinness, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Combine flour and salt, stirring well. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring to combine. Pour mixture evenly over cooked tan layer of brownies, making sure not to spread the batter and combine it with the tan layer.
  4. Bake brownies on center rack for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares to serve.

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: MARGARET JOHNSON
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones

20170308_180314When you’re an avid baker like myself, you often end up with a lot of random leftover ingredients that you have no idea what to do with. Instead of letting them go to waste I often try to come up with a way to use these ingredients up in a new recipe. This was the case with a package of dried cherries that were sitting in the pantry since I made my Skinny Chocolate-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.

After experiencing the delicious combination of chocolate and cherries in my chocolate-cherry oatmeal cookies, I decided to implement the same flavor combination in a new product. In my search for new recipes I came across a popular morning delight…the scone. Scones are like having a thick cookie for breakfast so they would naturally be able to handle the same combination that the oatmeal cookies did. However, since I am not one for an involved breakfast, grating the butter to get the perfect scone was not my cup of tea (no matter how great it would taste with a cup of tea!).

20170308_180135In my quest for a delicious scone in a fraction of the time I looked to make this quick bread a bit quicker. I am typically against using convenience products but sometimes getting stressed out and ruining your entire day is not much healthier. Therefore it’s beneficial to utilize them sparingly. Low-fat baking mix (such as heart-smart Bisquick) provided the answer to a less fussy scone that could be prepared in half the time. With the addition of mini semisweet chocolate chips and dried cherries the amount of sugar found in a traditional scone was reduced dramatically, allowing for more calories to be spared. Also by swapping half-and-half for traditional heavy cream the resulting scones were less offensive to health conscious waistlines.

20170308_180334With modifications to traditional recipes, I was able to shave calories down to 205 compared to over 250 per scone. The fat also dramatically reduced from 11 grams to 4.8 per scone. Overall, I highly recommend you try these tender, lightly sweetened scones that are a quick compliment to a morning cup of coffee or afternoon snack with tea!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Dried Cherries; chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Water
  • 3 cups Low-Fat Baking Mix (such as Heart-Smart Bisquick)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. Butter; chilled & cut into very small pieces
  • 2/3 cup Fat-Free Half-and-Half
  • 2 tbsp. Semisweet Chocolate Minichips
  • 1 large Egg; separated
  • 1 tbsp. Fat-Free Half-and-Half
  • Turbinado Cane Sugar; optional

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine cherries and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Cool 10 minutes (do not drain).
  3. Combine baking mix, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cherries, 2/3 cup half-and-half, chocolate chips, and egg white. Stir until just moistened. Drop dough by ¼ cupfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Place baking sheet in freezer for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine egg yolk and 1 tbsp. half-and-half. Brush egg mixture over tops of each scone and sprinkle with turbinado sugar if desired. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Best served warm.

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: MARIE RIZZIO
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

20170227_000907Cheesecake is a delightful dessert rich in flavor and smooth on the palate. As much as I enjoy a slice of cheesecake I absolutely despise making it on my own. Cheesecake is up there on my list with Creme Brulee & Souffles when it comes to a severe inclination to avoid said recipes. It is not that I can’t make them it is just more tedious and I don’t enjoy making them like I do cakes and cookies. Baking is an outlet for me to reduce stress. Cheesecakes tend to create stress by wondering if the darn thing is going to crack despite doing everything correctly. There is only so many times you can get scalded by the hot water bath before you throw even cooking out the window. However, after taking a look at what I have prepared lately I was starting to see too much repetition. I decided I needed to venture out of my comfort zone and give myself a challenge like I had when in culinary school. The first item that came to my mind was the dreaded cheesecake.

20170227_001556My favorite flavor of cheesecake is cherry and I have made it a thousand times. My love of cherry cheesecake in particular stems from my childhood when I would make the No-Bake Jello brand Cherry Cheesecake box mix. Although it was a heck of a lot easier cheesecake to make, it wasn’t necessarily a real cheesecake (probably why I enjoyed baking it growing up). Besides the taste the cherries lend cheesecake, I also love the appearance. The red is a great contrast to the light cheesecake base and makes for a stunning dessert every time. I wanted to replicate this stunning look but with something other than cherries. That is where cranberries come into play.

20170226_172628I had some leftover cranberries frozen at their peak and needed to use them up so it seemed like a perfect fit. I made this for Valentine’s Day but it can be made for many other events such as anniversaries, Christmas, Independence Day, or even Go Red for Women parties which bring awareness to heart health. Although this is a skinnier recipe than traditional cheesecakes, I highly doubt the American Heart Association would define it as a heart healthy recipe. On average, cheesecakes similar to this one run about 575 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat while this cheesecake is 321 calories and 6 grams saturated fat (saving over 250 calories and 15 grams saturated fat per slice).

Although I enjoyed this lightened up version of a traditional cheesecake I would make a few changes next time to appeal more to my own taste. I think I would prefer a regular graham cracker crust to the chocolate, despite my love of the stunning color contrasts the chocolate crust provides. If you follow the recipe as is you will witness how much a simple swirl of tart cranberries provides an elegant touch to rich filling encased in a chocolate graham crust. Enjoy!

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Chocolate Graham Crackers
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ cups Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (thaw if frozen)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Raspberry Liqueur (Chambord or Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka)
  • 3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 12 oz.(2 ½ pkg.) Block Style 1/3-less-fat Cream Cheese; softened
  • 1 cup Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 large Egg Whites

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Wrap outside and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan tightly with a double layer of heavy-duty foil (or place in a turkey size oven bag and seal at top). Grease pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place crackers in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Drizzle with oil and pulse until moistened. Press mixture into bottom and ½ inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Place cranberries, sugar, liqueur, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook 8 minutes or until cranberries have softened and mixture is syrupy. Cool for 20 minutes. Puree mixture until smooth with an immersion blender or pour contents into a food processor and pulse 1 minute.
  4. Combine 1 cup sugar and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Beat with stand or hand mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in yogurt, vanilla, and salt. Add the whole eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the 2 egg whites at high-speed until soft peaks form. Fold beaten egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Pour filling over crust. Spoon cranberry mixture over filling & swirl together using the tip of a knife. Place springform pan into a metal baking pan larger than the springform pan. Add hot water to the pan to create a depth of about 2 inches. Bake for 55 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake barely jiggles when pan is touched.
  6. Turn off oven. Cool cheesecake in closed oven for 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven and run knife around the outside edge. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: ANN TAYLOR PITTMAN
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Skinny Citrus Pudding

20170216_134210We still have a few more weeks of winter before we officially hit spring despite many places across the country experiencing milder temperatures than usual. For many across the nation, winter is a time when it is harder to find fresh, in season produce to utilize. Citrus is currently one of the select finds currently in season across the nation and in abundance this time of year. If you find yourself with a lot of citrus and want to experiment with something new than this recipe is just for you.

20170216_133233Some of you may look at this and be confused thinking it is more like a citrus curd and not a pudding, but I assure you it is indeed a pudding. This pudding uses cornstarch as a thickener and a curd does not use cornstarch. If you begin eating this with the mindset of a traditional pudding you will probably be a little shocked. It is tart so be warned. Don’t be tempted to add more sugar. If you want it to be a little tamer than I suggest cutting back on the orange zest by ¼ tsp. If you are looking for a different type of light dessert that is inexpensive and easy to prepare than give this recipe a go. It surely will not disappoint!

20170216_133225Skinny Citrus Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Grated Orange Zest
  • 1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Tangerine Juice
  • 3 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream; divided
  • Mint; optional

Preparation:

  1. Combine the sugar and orange zest in a small saucepan; crush with spatula or a wooden spoon to excrete oils of zest into sugar (sugar will turn yellowish-orange in color).
  2. Stir in the tangerine juice, orange juice, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Pour the pudding into a bowl; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap and chill.
  3. Place cream in bowl and beat with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the cream into the pudding.
  4. To serve: Spoon ½ cup pudding into dessert bowls or glasses. Top each serving with 1 tbsp. of whipped cream and a sprig of mint (if desired).

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

(½ cup pudding & 1 tbsp. cream)

 

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Weight Watchers: 9 Smart Points, 5 Points Plus, or 4 Traditional Points

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: DEBORAH MADISON
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Clementine Cake

20170113_210838I love to bake with what is currently in season. While the majority of the country’s home-grown produce is out of season, Floridians know that citrus is currently at its peak. I recently realized I have never produced a citrus-based confection this time of year and decided this needed to change. Perhaps the reason I always avoided citrus despite the abundant availability around me is my hidden fear of a bitter final product. In order to get that strong citrus flavor you need the oils from the zest, which requires that the entire fruit be processed, peel and all.

Growing up I always hated the bitter taste of even the slightest bit of pith on my orange or mandarin segments and would spend way too much time working to remove every last bit of “white stuff” so that I could actually enjoy the segment. Very early on I grew annoyed with any citrus that had a peel and came to enjoy the canned mandarin oranges as my substitute. Now, as an adult, I realize the fresh stuff is way better than anything from a can but I still struggle shaking away those childhood bad habits regarding piths.

20170112_134033Since I have yet to successfully overcome my childhood habit I needed to find a recipe that would suit my avoidance of using the entire fruit to provide citrus flavor. If you do a recipe search for mandarin flavored cakes you will quickly realize there are typically only 2 formulas used. The most common formula uses canned mandarin oranges and a cake mix. Although this may do in a hurry it is not what I was looking for since I am seeking to avoid processed foods. The second formula uses the entire mandarin and purees it in a food processor. Neither of these fit my needs so I had to come up with my own solution.

The first step to solving any problem is knowing what the desired outcome is and what is preventing you from getting there. My desired outcome was a cake with a citrus punch without using the entire fruit, however the problem is without the entire fruit the cake lacks bulk and intense citrus flavor. To solve this I created a compromise. I would use zest from the clementines, and use segments of the clementines but discard the remaining peels. In order to sub for the missing bulk the peels would have provided the batter I added a raisin paste along with the segments and walnuts. The raisin paste not only added bulk to the batter but it also acted as a natural sweetener, allowing me to cut down on some of the sugar therefore making the recipe a bit healthier. To give a bit more sweetness and citrus flavor I topped the cooled cake with a Tangerine juice glaze. If you are wondering how to make raisin paste, you simply place some raisins into your food processor and add water just enough to cover the top of the raisins. Simply puree the mixture and voila you have raisin paste. If you make too much you can always store it in the refrigerator for future uses. It is a great sub for whole dates in many recipes.

20170111_163929All in all I was very pleased with the outcome of this cake. It was moist, not overly sweet, and had a nice touch of citrus flavor without any lingering bitterness. In our sugar filled world this cake may not please the masses like its frosted cousins but it is sure to please those who enjoy tasting actual cake and not a touch of cake covered in ten pounds of sugary frosting. Give it a try and enjoy the produce of the season…citrus!

Clementine Cake

Ingredients:

  • Cooking Spray
  • ½ cup Walnut Halves; toasted
  • 4 tbsp. Raisin Paste (see description above for details)
  • 1 tbsp. Clementine Zest
  • 2 Clementines; peeled & segmented
  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; softened
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ¾ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 9 oz. All-Purpose Flour (2 cups); plus more for dusting pan
  • ¾ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup Fat-Free Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 5 tsp. Fresh Tangerine Juice
  • Toasted Walnut Halves; for topping

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Coat the parchment with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. Place walnuts, raisin paste, zest, and clementine segments in a food processor and process until ground.
  3. Combine brown sugar, butter, and oil in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl). Beat mixture with a stand or hand mixer set to medium speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the sugar mixture, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Add the nut mixture and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. After 10 minutes remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. After the cake has cooled completely, in a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and Tangerine juice. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake and spread to coat the top evenly. Top the outer edge of the cake with toasted walnuts. Serve.

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: DEBORAH MADISON
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Christstollen

20161230_125955With the holidays over and a new year already rung in I can calmly and fondly look back over the past month’s chaotic fun. While everyone else was making Christmas cookies galore I was making a German traditional pastry called the Christstollen. The Christstollen goes by many names. Sometimes it is simply called Stollen, other times it is called Weihnachtsstollen (Christmas Stollen), and Americans know it as the dreaded fruitcake….but no matter the name they are all one in the same pastry that is made during Advent/Christmas time each year.

20161230_130118Now although Christstollen is technically a fruitcake certainly do not confuse it with the horrific impostors often found in the states. Christstollen is a rich yeast dough filled with brandy-soaked fruit, toasted almonds, and finished with a sweet touch of glaze. There is a reason why Christstollen is one of Germany’s most famous and long-standing Christmas confections. German recipes for stollen date all the way back to the 13th century. Although Stollen recipes have been slightly modified over the years as products like butter became more common and affordable to use the overall formula and resulting taste remained the same.

20161230_130001Now you may wonder why Stollen is typically made by families only during the Advent/Christmas season. Traditionally, the bread gets its shape because it is supposed to resemble a swaddled baby Jesus. Although it is a Christmas bread many bakeries will still bake Christstollen year round and simply call it stollen instead of naming it after Christ. Since the holidays have already passed you can do the same and enjoy a timeless German tradition.

Christstollen

Ingredients:

  • 16.9 oz. All-Purpose Flour (3 ¾ cups); divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp. Brandy
  • ½ cup Dried Cherries
  • ½ cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ cup Reduced-Fat Milk (2%); warmed to 100°-110°
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 pkg. Dry Yeast
  • 6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter; melted
  • 2 Large Eggs; lightly beaten
  • ½ cup Sliced Almonds; toasted
  • 1 ½ tsp. Grated Lemon Rind
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 tbsp. Reduced-Fat Milk (2%); divided
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation:

  1. Weigh 15.75 ounces (approximately 3 ½ cups) flour in a large bowl. Add salt and nutmeg. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine orange juice and brandy. Microwave brandy mixture for 45 seconds. Add cherries and raisins; let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile combine warm milk, sugar, and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir butter and eggs into yeast mixture. Add the juice mixture, almonds, and lemon rind. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding the remaining ¼ cup flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to hands (expect the dough to feel sticky).
  3. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat the top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough. Divide dough into 2 equal portions and roll each into an 11  8 inch oval. Fold 1 short end toward the center and fold the other short end toward the center until it overlaps the first end. Place loaves seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise again for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine 1 tablespoon milk and 1 egg. Uncover shaped dough and brush the top and sides gently with the milk mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. When ready to serve combine 1 tablespoon milk and powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Drizzle over loaves. Serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

(1 Slice)

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Weight Watchers: 6 Smart Points, 4 Points Plus, or 3 Traditional Points

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: JULIANNA GRIMES
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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