Finally I’ve baked something for us, woo-hoo! And it’s a healthier recipe that I found on my recipes.com. I’ve bookmarked a ton of them so we’ll see how it goes. This is a Cream Cheese Brownie at only 120 calories per serving, and that’s not bad. What I like about their healthier desserts is that they don’t use a ton of artificial stuff. It’s real ingredients, just less. On their site I also found a really cool Q&A about the do’s and don’ts of healthy baking and it made lots of sense. I made these little lovelies yesterday evening and after they came out of the oven, had to whisk the pint sized diva off to dance class, so there’s was no tasting time. Which is probably a good thing. The bad thing is that I hardly slept last night thinking about how to cut them, what to display them on, what props I was going to use and the list goes on. You know what else kept me up? My exclusive membership in “My Private Summer Club”. If you haven’t heard of it let me fill you in.
Years ago I used to be platinum card member of the clean plate club. After many pounds and promises to extract myself from the group I did. Now I hold a not so exclusive membership in another club; Your Own Private Summer Club. Requirements for membership are as follows:
- Must have body drenching night sweats, and be able to remain in sweaty night clothes.
- Dexterity to flip the covers on and off to create a breeze.
- Must be able to tolerate a floor fan, a ceiling fan, open window, and an air conditioner, simultaneously.
- When a hot flash subsides members should be able to put back all the clothes they have taken off in under 30 seconds.
- Should be able to stand in with your face in the freezer until the flash passes.
The symptoms of menopause are things you don’t pay attention to until you experience them, why should you? You hear older women comparing hot flash stories and you smile thinking that it’s light years away from you. When you have the first one, you’ll want to hug your mom, your grandma and your aunts. They’ll smile politely and you’ll know that membership does have it’s privileges. As annoying as the night sweats and hot flashes are, I take comfort knowing that everything is working as it’s supposed to. And as with most other things, this too shall pass.
Ok, now for the recipe. The next time I’ll shorten the time by about 10 minutes so that they’re super duper gooey. They’re more cake like which is OK, but I like a hint of underbakiing in my brownies. And that cream cheese topping is so good it’s hard to believe these are only 120 calories. Good to the last crumb! Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Brownies – from Myrecipes.com
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
½ cup fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour )
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz – 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
1 TBS cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (14 oz) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
To prepare batter, place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add egg whites and egg, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa and fat-free milk; beat well (mixture will appear curdled). Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir with a whisk. Add to cocoa mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
To prepare topping, place cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add cornstarch and remaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Should make 36.