Monday, January 24, 2011

Mom's Margarine Cake

I've been wanting to try this recipe for a few weeks now so my goal is to bake it tonight. Looks yummy!

Mom's Margarine Cake
Ingredients:
3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups margarine, softened
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch tube pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and margarine until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and lemon juice. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; mix into the batter alternating with the milk just until blended. Pour into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely

Monday, January 10, 2011

11 Tips for Heart Health

This is a great article from the Huffington Post on effective, simple ways to keep your ticker healthy for the long run. Bonus: chocolate is encouraged, which makes this article an automatic keeper in my book.

The first tip in the article is to eat less saturated fat. Remember, soft margarine products contain less saturated fat than butter, making it a much healthier option.

Happy Monday people!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Crowd Pleaser Recipe: Oreo Truffles

Happy 2011 people! I don't know about you but today kicks off my "healthy eating, exercising regularly" routine to make up for all the indulging I did over the holidays. It was certainly worth all the extra calories though!

We attended a great New Year's Eve party and I made the dessert below and it was gone in about ten minutes! You can switch this recipe up by using peanut butter cookies such as Nutter Butters or using peanut butter chips, white chocolate, mint chips...the possibilities are endless! I've put some tips that were helpful to me throughout the recipe in italics.

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened (I used light cream cheese and nobody could tell the difference)

1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) oreo Cookies, finely crushed

(about 4-1/4 cups), divided 2 pkg. (8 squares each) semi-sweet chocolate, melted



Directions:

Mix cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended. (Then, put the dough in fridge for about 20 to let it firm up)

Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. (I only got about 36 balls. Once you form the balls, put them in fridge for an hour - this tip is HUGE and makes life much easier!)



Dip in melted chocolate (To dip the balls, use two spoons or a fork and a spoon to roll ball around in chocolate and gently lift out of the bowl. Be careful, they break easily.)



Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.