Recipe Redux: Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cupcakes with Orange Zest

Recipe Redux: Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cupcakes with Orange Zest

Serves 24     adjust servings


Ingredients

for the cupcakes

  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 T low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

for the frosting

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • salt, dash
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar; add vanilla, Greek yogurt, buttermilk and mix to combine. Pour wet mixture into dry; whisk until just combined. Fill cupcake liners about two-thirds full with batter. Bake 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.
  2. In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan combine 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add skim milk, and 4 well beaten egg whites all at once. Cook and stir mixture until it is thick and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in orange zest. Cover and refrigerate until cool. Pipe frosting on cupcakes in a plain swirl using a pastry bag without tip.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 115kcal Calories from fat 23
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

 

Green Jacket Tradition: Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

I am so predictable. It’s the second week in April and I’m enjoying one of my favorite rites of spring: watching the Masters. This golf tournament is rich in history, from the green jacket presentation to the champions dinner picked by the year’s previous winner (I personally love this tradition.) But here’s one maybe you haven’t heard of (unless you’ve been a patron at Augusta National), the pimento cheese sandwich. I hear they are packaged and sold in green plastic wrap. Yes, the galleries at the Masters are chowing down on this classic Southern lunchbox sandwich. So I thought it would be fun to take my Master’s watching experience to the next level and do a take off on this Southern indulgence by making  a lighter version  and enjoying it with fresh veggies.  My recipe was inspired by  Southern Living.

Nutrition Profile Traditional Pimento Cheese (per tablespoon) : 88 calories, 9 g fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 2 grams protein

Nutritional Profile Lite Pimento Cheese (per Tablespoon):  62 calories, 5 g fat, 3 grams saturated fat,  4 grams protein

Pimento Cheese

What’s your favorite Master’s memory?

Pimento Cheese


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pimento pepper, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of tabasco sauce
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the first six ingredients. Add cheese and mix to combine. Serve with raw vegetables,  on top of crackers or bread, or make a sandwich.

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