Showing posts from February, 2011

Small Treat: Big Taste

There is nothing like chocolate to pull me out of the winter doldrums. Though calories count, there's one easy way to give in to temptation. Make small treats with big flavor by whipping up a batch of mini-cupcakes. German chocolate minis weigh in at 55 calories each. And they freeze well, so no excuses to overindulge in one sitting! 

GERMAN CHOCOLATE MINIS For the frosting: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Dash salt
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted
For the cake:
1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Dash of salt
1/4 cup cocoa (my fave is Hershey’s special dark chocolate)
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend
3 eggs, room temp
For the frosting: Whisk yolks, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  Beat in the butter, and then gradually …