Happy New Year!! And welcome to the first edition of Blog With Friends for 2019! If you were around last year you are familiar with this monthly post, however, if you are new then let me give you a little back information about what is going on here.
Blog With Friends is a monthly collaborative post started by Karen over at Baking In A Tornado. Each month, those who want to take part, discuss a theme, once one is decided upon or more often than not, several great ideas are suggested. Then we put it to a vote and majority wins. We normally do this a month out, that way every one has time to decide exactly how they will interpret the theme for their blog. Some of us are writers, food bloggers, crafters, DIY and some are a little of everything rolled into one great big ball of wonderful. We have a set time and day, usually the second Monday of the month at 10 a.m. EST. Each person will post and we are all linked together, this way there is more exposure, because we don't have the same demographics, we don't have the same readers. So you get exposed to blogs that you might not read otherwise but find you enjoy. So that's it. Simple right? Not always. LOL
This month, being January and the new year, of course, shocker our theme is: New Year. This can mean many things to many people.
For some it is a time of renewing, mind, body and spirit. Others it is a time of resolutions that hopefully last longer than it takes you to read this post. Sorry but it's true. For me, New Year is a time to reflect on the past year. What was great? What wasn't. Where do I need to make changes?
For me, New Year started in November, well actually even future back. If you are new, or maybe you missed it, I was out of commission last year for some time. I won't beat around the bush, I almost died, I was in ICU and very bad off some quite some time. Upon my doctor's insistence and my wanting to be healthy and live, I had to make some drastic changes and quick. Mainly my diet and lack of exercise.
So...fast forward to the holidays, where I am known for making goodies, sweets, cakes galore and enjoying every single one of them.
Not this year. This year I had to come up with a plan that would not derail me from my new WOL way of life, not a diet. A new way of living, a healthy way of living, a no more chocolate (way of living)...can we have a moment of silence?
No more ... well the list is too long and depressing. Let's just say, I have a new fondness for chicken, salad and the gym. Yes, I said the dirty three letter word G Y M.
I heard you groan.
Now back to the food. I love food. I'm a foodie, a cook, a food blogger, I can talk about food, read about food, cook food, eat food, smell food. Okay, you get the point. BUT I needed to find a better menu (but still one that was enjoyable) for myself and that meant no dessert.
WHAT??? HOW can you enjoy the holiday without dessert??? Well, for me, I can't. That meant finding a new dessert. Something that fell into the "yes" list of things I could enjoy. LOL a lot harder than you can imagine.
I scoured the internet. I read articles, blogs, magazines but where did I find what I was looking fore? On Instagram! yes, Instagram. I saw a cake and it looked fantastic. I followed the link back a few times to find the owner of said cake. I found her blog, read it, looked at the recipe and thought YES I can have this!! I was overjoyed.
It turned out beautifully. It tasted delicious. Moist, light and not overly sweet, how could it? There's no sugar. Yes, you read that right. No sugar.
The original recipe can be found on thepounddropper.com I made a few adjustments for me, due to the fact that I can not have Stevia.
No guilt, no sugar, no regrets, enjoy a slice
I made homemade whipped cream with vanilla to top it, but did I stop there? No way. I drizzled on sugar free caramel sauce and a few crushed pistachios. Shhh don't tell. I'm not supposed to eat nuts. It was only four. I promise because my husband ate the bag full. Thank you honey. seriously, thank you.
Here ya go...
1 - 15 oz can of no sugar added sliced pears, drain the juice and set aside, chop the pears
2 egg whites
1 - 16 oz Pillsbury Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix (yes there is such a thing, I didn't know it either!)
1 large egg
2 tsp sugar substitute, whatever you prefer (I used Monk fruit)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP brown sugar substitute, again whatever you prefer
*Note...you could use regular full sugar ingredients if you wanted to
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Drain the pears and chop. In a large bowl pour your cake mix, pour in the pear juice, egg whites and egg. Beat on low until everything is combined. About 90 seconds. Give or take.
Stir in your cinnamon, sweetener and pears.
Be sure to grease or spray your bundt pan pan.
Pour the batter into the pan, place in the center of your oven and bake for 35 minutes. Be sure to check it. TPD said 30-35 but in my oven it was not ready at 30 or 35. At 35 minutes it was close so I turned the oven off and left it 5 more minutes. Then I removed the cake and sat it on a cooling rack. My bundt pan is also spring form, so I released the side. After a few minutes I inverted, flipped the cake, onto the cooking rack and let it set.
When I was ready to serve the cake, I poured 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream into my little blender, a TBSP of vanilla and one little packet of sweetener. Whipped it and served on top of the cake with caramel drizzle and a few crushed pistachios.
WOW it was FANtastic and no one knew it was sugar free. AFTER the guys had all eaten theirs I told them it was sugar free.
My husband who is a big fan of my baking said that this rivaled any cake I had every done.
I said ANY? He was emphatic and said YES ANY. Moist, texture, flavor, light and fluffy...he just couldn't say enough about the cake.
THAT thrilled me. Because let's be honest. I have good reason to follow my doctors orders. I want to live and do so well. BUT I need support. I need to feel like I'm not in this alone. So knowing that I could make a dessert to keep the guys happy and not risk my health doing so was a MAJOR deal for me.
Well, I've done it. I've chattered on and on.
I do hope you will try the cake and that you enjoy it as much as we did. Now below you'll find the links to the other bloggers and pictures of what they have created for this month's BWF.
See ya next month! Well, I hope you'll be back before then...