Living Low Carb – Coffee and cheese danish for breakfast? You bet!

On my quest for low carb recipes, I am always drawn to the sweets.  I admit that I have a sweet tooth.  I have found that if I can satisfy it with something low carb it helps me from cheating.  I found a recipe for Low Carb  Cheese Danish on Pinterest.  It is on a website called Up Late Anyway (love the name!) This recipe is similar to the Fathead Pizza dough that I blogged about on Friday.  It uses mozzarella cheese in the dough but this one is definitely sweet.  I had the ingredients on hand although not exactly like the author of the recipe suggests. (I soon found out that this is very important)

You can find the recipe and instructions here:  Cheese Danish

So, I gathered my ingredients:

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Ingredients for low carb danish

 

Next is measuring and mixing the dough.  I whisked together the almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl until well mixed.  Then in a separate bowl, I melted the butter then added the vanilla and sweetener to it and mixed well. (I used  4 tablespoons Monk fruit blend by Health Garden) I placed the shredded mozzarella in another bowl and melted it in the microwave per instruction.

low carb danish

 

I then beat the egg and mixed all of the ingredients together and mixed with a spatula.  My dough was too wet and a bit stringy, so I added about one half tablespoon almond flour to the parchment I was rolling it on and on top of dough.  I placed another sheet of parchment on top of the dough and rolled it out.

low carb danish dough before rolling

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low carb danish rolled out

It was a bit thin and not very pliable.  It wanted to stick to the parchment.  I used a very thin spatula to lift the edges to fold into the center per instruction.  As you can see, it does not look like soft pliable dough.

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Folded corners – kind of.

The author states this in the comments section in response to the stringy, sticky texture:

This has happened to me before a couple of times the first of which is when using pre shredded cheese that is 1 carb per 28 gram (1/4 cup) serving. It should be <1 g carb per serving on the label. What happens I think is there are extra starches added to the cheese to keep it from clumping which accounts for the extra carbs there and it messes with the recipe. The other possibility is that it just wasn’t hot enough and needed to be reheated. If it was sticky and straggly though I’m guessing it was the cheese. The other thing I find that makes it much easier to melt is using a shredded cheese that is a regular shred. Finely shredded cheese doesn’t work out well. The only other thing I can think if is measurements and so I’ll add that I use a regular tablespoon measuring spoon to measure out the flours and always a level scoop. 

I should have read those comments first. 😉

I prepared the cream cheese filling and placed a small cookie scoop amount of filling in the center of each square.  (I had some filling left over).  I flattened it slightly and baked it for about 13 minutes. For the filling I used a Stevia/Maltodextrin blend from Central Market (Local grocery) Here is a similar one on Amazon

Low carb danish with filling

I checked it a 10 minutes as the author suggested as it can burn easily.  Mine did get a little brown on the bottom but I liked the crispness in contrast with the soft cream cheese filling.

Here is the results before frosting.

Finished product before frosting.

Finished product before frosting.

I made the frosting and piped it on the Danish pastries.  (I used a powdered Swerve sweetener for the frosting) I used my husband and son as my non low carb eating taste testers.   It passed the test and I had a request for more  in the future.  I will buy the exact ingredients and give it another go the next time we have a sweet tooth. 🙂

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Ta Da

Melyna

Albert Phineas Drache

 

Living low carb – low carb pizza

When I am eating low carb, one of the foods I tend to say goodbye to is pizza.  I tried making a pizza with a cauliflower crust, but it didn’t taste like I wanted it to and the texture was wrong.  Then one day on Pinterest I found a recipe for low-carb Everything Bagel Dogs at The Primitive Palate and they mentioned that the crust was basically like Fat Head Pizza dough. Huh?  So back to Pinterest I went.

I found a recipe at Ditch the Carbs called  Fat Head Pizza – The Holy Grail

This was what I was looking for.  The crust is very easy to make.  The directions say to mix gently but I found that it took a bit more mixing to get the melted cheese mixed in evenly with the other ingredients.  I did knead it by hand lightly (wet hands very slightly with water to keep it from sticking.)  Once mixed, transfer to parchment paper, top with another sheet and roll into your desired shape.  Peel off top sheet and it is ready to bake. I baked mine on a perforated pizza pan.

My dough made a very thin 12 inch pizza crust.   The recipe says to bake it 12-15 minutes.  Mine needed a little longer.  The recipe has a tip for making it crispier by flipping it after the top is golden brown.  Check it to make sure it doesn’t burn though. I did this and the crust was nice and crispy.  Unfortunately, I did not take photos of it after it came out of the oven.

 

Nutrition Information from Ditch the Carbs website for the crust only (They indicate it serves six)  Serving size: 1 slice (base only) Calories: 203 Fat: 16.8g Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 1g Fibre: 1.6g Protein: 11g  (for full recipe and instructions click link in red above)

I chose veggies I has on hand for the toppings.

While the crust was baking I cooked the vegetables I planned on using for toppings.  The original recipe states any meat needs to be pre-cooked because once you have the toppings and cheese, it only needs five minutes in the oven to melt the cheese and warm the toppings.

I will caramelize the onions next time and maybe only slightly sautee the peppers.  The vegetable need to be fairly dry since it is a thin crust and the cooking time is limited.

After the crust had baked, I used 1/2 cup lower carb pasta sauce on the crust, then applied the cooked vegetable, then some pepperoni slices, sliced pickled jalapenos and black olives.

Added some shredded Italian blend cheese and it is ready to bake.

I baked my pizza for longer than the recipes five minutes.  I kept checking the pizza every few minutes until the toppings were melted.

It was hard waiting for it to cool enough to slice. 🙂

It was amazingly good and is definitely a recipe I will make again.

 

 

 

Enjoy and let me know if you try it.

Melyna

Albert Phineas Drache

 

 

 

 

Back on track. Low carb living redux.

Last year I started working on my health after I had some issues that made me reevaluate my lifestyle choices.  I was faced with possible surgery on my foot and told I was prediabetic.  I went to see a chiropractor and had a nutritional consult.   I blogged about it in four parts.  Here is part one: Taking a Different Approach Part One

I lost 14.8 pounds during the cleanse, avoided surgery and decided to go low carb after the cleanse.  I lost 7.5 more pounds, then the holidays hit and birthdays and I gained five pounds.  I admit that I am a carbohydrate addict.  Once I eat sweets or breads, it is all downhill and the cravings start.

Now that the holidays and majority of birthdays are out of the way, I have decided to get back on track.  I still have 14 pounds to lose to reach my goal.   It was time to get serious and creative in my menu planning and bring the family on board with food that they also enjoy.

Pinterest has been a huge help in finding low carb recipes.  I have been able to satisfy my sweet tooth and find new recipes that both my family and I enjoy.   I have started a low carb board simply titles as Low Carb .  I have not tried all of the recipes that I have pinned, but I have tried quite a few.  In an attempt to help me stay focused, I plan on posting some of the recipes that I have tried and enjoyed.

This morning I decided to make a breakfast frittata with ingredients I had in the fridge.   (No recipe – just threw it together) It included, ham, spinach, Swiss cheese, eggs and cream with some seasoning.  It was low carb and filling.  A great way to start the day.

I found a recipe on Simply Recipes for a spinach frittata that sounds good and would be fairly low carb here: Spinach Frittata 

Breakfast Fritatta

Next time – Low carb pizza (yes – there is such a thing and no – there is no cauliflower involved)

Albert Phineas Drache

 

 

Melyna