NATIONAL BUNDT PAN DAY

TL 11-15 NATIONAL BUNDT PAN DAY

Some of my favorite food comes from a Bundt pan!  I worked with a sweet lady who brought monkey bread for every special occasion.  I think we made up special occasions just so we could eat monkey bread!

Of course, that was before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994.  Things have changed in my diet significantly since then!  But I can still write about monkey bread and all sorts of goodies without my blood glucose being affected – and that’s a good thing!

I like what Lucinda has to say about monkey bread – for sure!  🙂

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Don’t you particularly appreciate the last stanza of her poem?  I sure do!  I’m so thankful that God sticks close by my side and that His angels watch over us as we live our everyday lives.  It’s great to know that He has every life situation under control – even when we wonder if it is under control – ya know?  😉

Here’s a traditional recipe for monkey bread – ooey gooey and sticky good!

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pillsbury.com%2Frecipes%2Fpumpkin-spice-monkey-bread-with-caramel-sauce%2F23feb2bf-d28d-48db-b57f-077fc47c0dcb&h=OAQEaHsOb

Here’s an alternate recipe that cuts a whopping 300 calories per serving and saves on sodium as well – I think you’ll like it.  One note I will add – I never use sugar, as you know.  I always use Splenda and Splenda brown sugar.  You can use it cup for cup – just use it as you would sugar.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/monkey-bread-0

For 234 calories per serving, you can afford to splurge a bit today!  I would guess it would be even fewer calories if you use the Splenda sugars.

You know, one thing my mother taught me was that when we bake for someone, we’re really showing them love!  There are so many ways of telling someone you love them – and that’s why we call comfort food – well…  comfort food!  Share some monkey bread with a friend or loved one today – along with God’s love!

Hopefully you will have an opportunity to make one of these great recipes today – and use that Bundt pan that’s been setting in the cupboard for such a long time – feeling all neglected and sad.  😦

 

 

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NATIONAL KREME FILLED DONUT DAY

TL 9-14 NATIONAL KREME FILLED DONUT DAY

I asked my group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith:  What is your favorite flavor of Kreme filled donut? 

One person said whipped cream and everyone else said Boston cream!  Am I the only one who wonders what the difference is between Boston cream and Bavarian cream?

Also known as Crème Bavaroise or simply Bavarois, Bavarian cream is a dessert that is flavoured with liqueur and thickened with gelatine or isinglass. It is a classic dessert that is rumoured to have been invented by chef Marie-Antoine Carême. It is said to have been named thus in the name of a distinguished visiting Bavarian, such as a Wittelsbach in the 19th century.

Bavarian cream consists of heavy cream, gelatin, sugar, vanilla bean, whipped cream and eggs.  Boston cream donuts are a round, solid, yeast risen donut with chocolate frosting and a creamy vanilla flavored custard filling!  It’s like eating a mini Boston cream pie!

The Boston cream donut was designated the official donut of Massachusetts in 2003, after the Boston cream pie itself was chosen as the state dessert in 1996.

I know some of you want a healthier alternative to the traditional donut!  I found a link for you to look at.  Hey – I’m in that canoe too – so I understand where you’re comin’ from.

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2014/02/boston-cream-donuts-gluten-free-paleo/

Now for the rest of society…  Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts both have amazing Boston Cream Donuts – I won’t lie. 

https://www.krispykreme.com/menu/doughnuts

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/bakery/donuts/donuts.html?DRP_FLAVOR=Boston%20Kreme%20Donut

We have a local mom & pop donut shop here in Wichita that makes very good cream donuts – and they seem to be bigger on crunch and smaller on sugar, which pleases my palette very much.  I don’t eat much sugar, so a little bit goes a long way!

https://youtu.be/q3GUNWz0J4M

Whether you decide to make the healthy version of cream filled donuts or snag one that is not so healthy, don’t forget the coffee to dunk it in!