Saturday, July 1, 2017

Baking with Stevia for the Fourth of July

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I don't know about you but my favorite part of any holiday is always the food.  The Fourth of July is coming up and if you are looking for a great recipe to bring to your upcoming celebration, I have one for you.  How about an appropriately named, "Fourth of July Celebration Cake?" This red, white, and blue cake is made with Stevia in the Raw.  Stevia in the Raw now comes in a bakers size bag, this means you can use it like you would a bag of sugar. This cake looks great and it tastes even better.  I love when my desserts  have fresh fruit in them, and how great is it that these fruits are at peak season and follow our Fourth of July theme.  

Here is how you make this festive treat in no time at all!  The Kids and I will be making this for our potluck in a few days and I can't wait to share this with our friends and family.

Celebration Cake

Ingredients:

Sponge Cake
6 eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
1 cup finely ground slivered almonds
1/2 cup sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Filling and Topping


2 (15 ounce) containers partially skimmed Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided
2/3 cup 1% lowfat milk
1/3 cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag, divided
2 ½ pints blueberries, divided
1/2 pint whipping cream
Blackberries for garnish
Strawberries for garnish

Directions:

Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line bottom of 10-inch tube pan with parchment paper. 
In small metal bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, with electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add ⅓ cup sugar beating until stiff and shiny. Set aside.
In large bowl beat egg yolks and remaining sugar with electric mixer at medium speed 3-4 minutes or until thick and lemon colored. Add vanilla, Stevia In The Raw®, beat 1 minute until blended. 
Combine ground almonds, cake flour and cornstarch in a bowl and blend well. Gently stir in cake flour and cornstarch mixture to egg yolk mixture. Add egg white mixture, stir gently until well blended. Pour batter into the ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. 
Invert cake pan onto wire rack for about 30 minutes or until cake is cool. 
Loosen cake from pan. When cooled wrap in foil while preparing filling and whipping cream for topping.

Filling and Topping
In medium bowl combine Ricotta cheese, milk, ¼ cup Stevia In The Raw® and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Fold 2 pints of blueberries. 
Divide the cake into 3 equal layers. 
Divide the blueberry Ricotta filling evenly between two of the layers.
In separate bowl combine whipping cream, remaining Stevia In The Raw® and vanilla. Using electric mixer at high speed whip cream mixture until stiff peaks form. Spread a thin layer of whip cream on top layer of cake. Pipe whip cream around edge using a pastry bag. Trim cake with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. 
Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: 270 calories, 15g fat, 11g protein, 24g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 170mg sodium, 115mg cholesterol.






Here are some facts to know about Stevia in the Raw:

  • Stevia In The Raw® is a zero-calorie* sweetener, perfect for any baking and cooking needs
  • It contains an extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant
  • Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag measures cup for cup with sugar so it can easily be used in recipes to cut sugar calories – no conversion from sugar to Stevia In The Raw necessary (1 cup of Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag = 1 cup of sugar)
  • When using Stevia In The Raw for baking recipes, it is recommended that the user only replace half the sugar in order to achieve the proper browning, rising and caramelizing that only sugar can provide


Check out the following pages to learn more about Stevia:
 In The Raw® website
 In The Raw® Facebook
 In The Raw® Instagram
 In The Raw® Pinterest


*Disclosure:
This product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® sweeteners so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the In The Raw® brand.” 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Friday Frenzy New

Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Little House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our FridayFrenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
Were you lucky enough to have braces as a kid? I was - And I remember adjustment days like they were yesterday. Our awesome hostess Laura has kid(s) with them, and came up with a list of soft foods for anyone with braces to eat on those day when your mouth hurts after getting your wires tightened. I wish my mom had thought of more of these when I had mine!



If you're not restricted to mushy foods, this Citrus Pistachio Salad from LollyJane is absolutely gorgeous! Citrus is still in season right now, so it's the perfect time to make it.




And how about dessert? I was just thinking it's been awhile since making s'mores, and these S'Mores Bars would be super-easy to pull together.




Don't forget to share what you've been making!

   
   

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to this weeks Friday Frenzy!

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Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsLittle House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
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Welcome to another food-filled Friday Frenzy! How awesome does this Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Miz Helen's Country Cottage look? I love that cake plate too.


I love making biscuits for breakfast most weekends. This recipe for Well Dressed Cupcakes' Homemade Biscuits is almost the same as the one I use, and they look perfect!


And if you read here regularly, you know what a sucker I am for donuts. Like, I've never met a donut I didn't like, unless it was topped with coconut or jelly-filled. Kelly Lynn's Sweets & Treats gives us a recipe for Baked Chocolate Donuts that looks AMAZING.


I'll take a dozen, please!
Don't forget to share what you've made this week!

   
   


Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to this weeks Friday Frenzy!

Friday Frenzy New

Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Little House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
One of the things I love to see on Friday Frenzy is how people decorate and use the things they've made, found or bought to brighten up their lives. Joy from a Vintage Green is especially talented in finding new life for old objects, I do love that little lantern.

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And Angela from Simply Beautiful by Angela transformed her thrift store finds with a simple paint job, as Angela says "A lot of people would probably look this stuff over and call it "junk" but I saw gemstones" I agree Angela, lovely!

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And someday when I grow up, my front door is going to be JUST as lovely as these front doors from Lolly Jane. SWOON!
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Don't forget to leave and link to your favorite crafts, DIY projects, makeover, recipes, snack ideas, you name it, we love it!

   
   

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!

Friday Frenzy New

Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsLittle House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our FridayFrenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
Maria from Close to Home Facebook Twitter Google+
Rachel from Trampling Rose | Pinterest and Twitter

Here are a few features from last week's Frenzy.  
We are all trying to eat better in the new year, make this amazing looking Low Carb Strawberry Cheesecake in a pressure cooker from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.

low carb cheesecake

What a fun dessert for Valentines Day, Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies from Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats.
 


Have a scrabble game that is missing pieces? Make this adorable Valentine's Day Craft from My Busy Beehives.


Share what you've been up to this week!

   
   



Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!

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Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsLittle House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our FridayFrenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
Maria from Close to Home Facebook Twitter Google+
Rachel from Trampling Rose | Pinterest and Twitter

Here are a few features from last week's Frenzy.  

To start off this week, check out this printable from Cut Off in the Keweenaw, celebrating soup weather:



You can't celebrate soup without a recipe, right? Check this Hearty Chicken Chili from our own Maria:



And from Laura at Little House Big Alaska, here's how to fix a curd that doesn't thicken the first time around:


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!

Friday Frenzy New

Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsLittle House Big Alaska and Trampling Rose would like to welcome you to the FRIDAY FRENZY-where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we will showcase a few of our favorites from the week before and pin them on our FridayFrenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts!
Maria from Close to Home Facebook Twitter Google+
Rachel from Trampling Rose | Pinterest and Twitter

Here are a few features from last week's Frenzy.  
I love the look of this DIY Storage Staircase from Simply Beautiful By Angela.


I love chickpeas so right away, I was drawn to these Spicy Crispy Baked Chickpeas from Kelly Lynn's Sweets & Treats.


Since it is soup season, here is a great recipe for Stir Fry Soup from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl.




I can't wait to see what you all have made this week!


   

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