Oatmeal Shortbread with Raspberry Compote

Oatmeal Shortbread with Raspberry Compote

Mother's Day 2014“We laugh, we cry, we make time fly. We are best friends, my Mom and I.” – (The photo above was taken back in December during our family trip to Thailand at the Chiang Mai Zoo, it was the most recent one I could find of the both us where we actually looked decent).

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and moms-to-be out there in the world, especially to a woman so dear to me, Mama G. Thank you for always being there for me. I should tell you how much a love you every single day, but I don’t. So here it is: I LOVE YOU.

So for today’s recipe, I decided to make oatmeal shortbread with a raspberry compote to commemorate Mother’s Day. If you have read my previous post last week on my Mother’s Birthday, you’ll know that a) she’s actually in another country, 2 hours behind, and b) she’s a diabetic. So today’s recipe is diabetic-friendly, and again she won’t be here to actually eat it, but maybe next year when I’m definitely back home for her birthday and Mother’s Day, I’ll whip it up for her again. For now, she’ll just have to enjoy looking at the pictures.

Note, I followed Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Shortbread recipe for this so please check out the original on Yummly. The original recipe uses confectioners sugar, and I went online to see if there are any substitutes for this and I came across this website: Fitday. Basically you mix an artificial sweetener, such as Equal or Splenda, and cornstarch, and grind it in a blender.

PREP TIME 5 MINS | COOKING TIME 30-35 MINS SERVES 3-4

INGREDIENTS

For the Oatmeal Shortbread

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp extra old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3/4 cup plain flour, levelled
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar substitute (see above)
  • 1/2 tsp ground salt
  • 120g unsalted butter, cubed

For the Raspberry Compote

  • 1 punnet (125g) fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar substitute (I used Equal in this case)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch

METHOD

  1. Meanwhile, combine all the raspberry compote ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the raspberries fall apart and the sauce is thickened, remove from heat. Allow it to cool down to room temperature before serving.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup of the cooled oats in a food processor. Process for about 1 minute or until finely ground. Then add in the butter. Pulse until the mixture’s consistency is of a coarse meal. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking pan and press firmly into bottom. Sprinkle remaining oats on top, and press gently.
  3. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until firm and lightly browned. Using a paring knife, immediately score shortbread into squares, and then score each square diagonally into 2 triangles. Place the baking pan on a wire rack and allow to cool on a wire rack. Gently invert, and break along scored lines. Serve with the raspberry compote.

Oatmeal Shortbread with Raspberry Compote

BON APPÉTIT

– Ally xx

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Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Lava Cake

Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Lava Cake

Happy Birthday Mom!
Here’s to another year. Happy Birthday to the strongest woman I know; my chef, my role model, my bestfriend, my queen, Mama G. Thank you for making me into the person that I am today. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions. Thank you for being kind and generous to my sisters and myself. Thank you for feeding me and most of all thank you for teaching me how to cook! Thank you for everything. I love you ❤

Today (May 1st) as you can see, is my mother’s birthday. Unfortunately for the past four years, I have not been able to celebrate with her and the family back home being away for university. But today I decided to bake her a cake, a chocolate lava cake. A diabetic-friendly chocolate lava cake. For her birthday. Even though she’s not here to eat it.

I initially looked at this recipe by theurbanbaker but changed the portions slightly to make 2 chocolate lava cakes (I had to eat them all in the end since my Mom isn’t actually here to eat it with me, and 4 seemed a bit too much to handle for me).

Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Lava Cake

PREP TIME 10 MINS | COOKING TIME 6-7 MINS | MAKES 2 CAKES

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the ramekins
  • 50g Nestlé 70% cocoa dark chocolate for cooking, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar substitute (in this case I used Equal)
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 230C. Grease the ramekins with room temperature butter and light dust with sifted cocoa powder.
  2. Add the chocolate and butter to a small bowl. Melt in the microwave for about a minute. Stir until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl beat the egg, egg yolk and sugar substitute together until lightened in colour and thickened. Add the chocolate mix and stir until smooth and combined. Stir in the flour and divide between the ramekins.
  4. Bake for about 6-7 minutes. The sides will be cooked but the centre will be soft.
  5. Invert onto a plate and wait 10 seconds before sliding the ramekin off. The cake will fall into place. Light dust with confectioners sugar, garnish with a strawberry and serve with a glass of chilled St. Andrew’s Pink Moscato (optional).

Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Lava Cake

BON APPÉTIT!

– Ally xx

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