Creamy Vanilla-Caramel Cheesecake

Ok so I posted that I was going to see if I could find some low fat/low sugar desserts and foods.

Today I have two recipes that I’m trying out and we’ll see how you and the family like them.

First off we have the Creamy Vanilla-Caramel Cheesecake.  It uses low fat yogurt, low fat crackers, low fat cream cheese and also the caramel sauce is low fat.  Now I had said before that I had seen the low fat food items tends to increase the sugar content.  I did look on each of the items that I bought and for sure the sugar was much higher in the yogurt and the caramel.  But looking at the fat compared to the sugar, I gave in on these two items.  It wasn’t that much to make a difference right!!  I’d rather have a bit more sugar than a lot more and added fat as well.

I wanted to run to Barnes and Noble to see if I could find a diabetic cookbook but decided that I’d check out online on Betty Crocker.  Sure enough, there is a recipe area for diabetic desserts and dinners.  So here we go.

Ingredients

15 reduced-fat chocolate or vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (1/2 cup)

2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) , softened

2/3 cup sugar

3 egg whites or 1/2 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1/3 cup fat-free caramel topping

Pecan halves, if desired (I left this out as we’re not big on pecans)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Spray springform pan, 9×3 inches, with cooking spray. Sprinkle cookie crumbs over bottom of pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, egg whites and vanilla. Beat on medium speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add yogurt and flour. Beat on low speed until smooth.
  3. Carefully spread batter over cookie crumbs in pan. Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; cool in oven 30 minutes with door closed. Remove from oven; cool 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  4. Drizzle caramel topping over cheesecake. Garnish with pecan halves. Store covered in the refrigerator.
I decided not to tell anyone that this was a diabetic recipe until AFTER they ate it.  The kids won’t know what it means, but Craig will.  And when you take sweets our of a dessert, then it surely can’t taste as good right!!!!  WRONG.  This was fabulous.  If you’re in need of these types of recipes the check out Betty Crocker online.

I hope this satisfies your sweet tooth and you continue on with me and my search to find not only low fat but low sugar recipes to you.  Me?  I had to have another piece just to make sure that it was in fact low sugar.  This lacked nothing that the real version has.   It is rich in flavor for sure.  Very, very good.

I added some fresh frozen berries to another piece.  That was just as good!

Have a great day.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Makes 16 servings

Nutritional Information

  • 1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 175 (Calories from Fat 65 ),Total Fat 7 g(Saturated Fat 5 g,Cholesterol 25 mg;Sodium 180 mg;Total Carbohydrate 23 g(Dietary Fiber 0g,Protein 5 g;Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 6.00%;Vitamin C 0.00%;Calcium 6.00%;Iron 0.00%;Exchanges:1 Starch;1/2 Milk;1 Fat;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Source

Betty Crocker

Homemade Calzone

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe since I saw it posted on Pinterest a week or so ago.  I love the deep dish that we’ve been making lately.  So when I saw this posted I had to give it a try.  The original post came from squidoo.com  and it gives step by step directions on how to make this.

I used the recipe from the deep dish pizza (yes the healthier version), but if you prefer the regular pizza crust, you can certainly follow the squidoo.com or even buy a pizza crust from the store.  Whatever makes it easier for you and your dinner process.  Since the kids love to cook with me, we make the homemade dough!!

Here’s the recipe for the dough:

Whole-Grain Pizza Crust

1 cup warm water

2 (1/4 ounce )  packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup skim milk

2 tbs honey

2 tbs olive oil (I used light olive oil)

1/2tsp salt

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups bread flour

1.  In large bowl, combine water and yeast; let stand for 10 minutes until bubbly.  Add milk, honey, olive-oil, and salt and mix well.  Stir in whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and 1/2 cup bread flour; beat for 1 minute.

2.  Stir in enough bread flour to make a firm dough.  Turn onto floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.  Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

 

3.  Turn dough onto floured work surface and let reset for 10 minutes.  Spray a large cookie sheet  with nonstick cooking spray.

While the dough is rising, prepare the sauce.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, oregano, and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the tomatoes and sugar and increase the heat to medium-high.  Bring the mixture to a simmer, then lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until reduced to about 1¼ cups, about 25 minutes.  Off the heat, stir in the basil and oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the dough ball to a dry work surface and roll out into a 13-inch disk about ¼-inch thick.  Spread the pizza sauce down the middle of the dough and add your toppings.  Tonight we used canadian bacon and fat free mozzarella cheese.

After putting your toppings on, take a knife or a pizza cutter and slice each side of the dough into 3/4 of an inch strips.  Once you have them all cut, start to criss cross each side until the entire portion is covered.

Place on the baking (cookie) sheet and brush some melted butter (just a bit) over the top and sprinkle with oregano.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until crust is browned and cooked through.

This was amazing.  I’m so glad I saw this on Pinterest.  Now I have another meal to make with the same healthy dough and the same sauce.

You’ve got to try this one.

For the pizza crust:

Calories 213; Fat 3.17; Saturated Fat 0.46; Dietary Fiber 3.48; Sodium 104.52; Cholesterol 0.20

I used MyFitnessPal to calculate the sauce by scanning the tomato cans, the cheese.  This came out to be under 400 calories per piece (that was for the pizza – so I am sure the calzone is smaller per piece).

Have a happy cooking weekend.  Enjoy.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking