Thanksgiving 2013 – Sweet Potato Souffle With Honey And Egg Nog

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I’ve been looking for the perfect Thanksgiving sweet potato souffle recipe for years. I think this is it!

This recipe substitutes eggnog for condensed milk and honey for the brown sugar, maple syrup and tiny marshmallows. It’s just as sweet and tasty, but a bit more sophisticated. (Not that I have anything against tiny marshmallows!!)

This souffle is something your guests will actually LIKE to eat!!

Yield:  4 large or 8-10 small servings

Ingredients:

2 Large or 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes

Granulated Sugar for dusting the souffle dish

Powdered Sugar for dusting the top

3/4 cup Eggnog

3 Large Eggs, separated and room temperature

1 cup Honey

2 tablespoons Butter plus more for greasing the souffle dish

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Allspice

1 ounce Brandy (optional)

1/2 Lemon (juiced)

1/2 teaspoon Salt

Directions:

Place sweet potatoes in a stock pot and cover with water by at least 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until very tender. Drain and allow to cool before handling. Peel and discard skins.

Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and break up and mash using a spoon.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2-quart souffle dish; dust with sugar.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add flour, and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in eggnog; simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; mix in sweet potatoes and egg yolks. Stir in honey, vanilla, brandy  (if using), lemon juice, salt, and spices and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of whites into sweet potato mixture; using a rubber spatula, gently fold in remaining whites. Pour mixture into prepared dish; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until puffed, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

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The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 10 – Honey Cocoa Meringues

cocoa meringue

I was a bad girl last night.  I had refined sugar. 

It gave me an upset stomach which persists today! 

I’ve learned my lesson. If I need a treat, I’ll make these. I love meringues anyway.  🙂

Yield:  approximately 20 cookies, depending upon size

Ingredients

3 egg whites

1 cup honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 225º F

Beat all ingredients together until stiff peaks form

Shape as desired

Bake on parchment paper for roughly one hour

Do not remove from oven at once, but turn off the oven, open the door, and leave for at least 5 minutes

Cool gradually, away from draft

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 3 – Breakfast Baked Apple With Honey

microwave baked apples

Day 3 and I feel great!!  I lost another half pound, making a total of 1 1/2 pounds to date!!

I had this for breakfast -every bit as good as broiled grapefruit!!

Yield:  1 serving

Ingredients:

1 large apple, cored and, if you like, peeled.  (I used Honeycrisp, unpeeled.)

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

2 pinches cinnamon

Directions:

Core apple and place in a small bowl.

Fill  hole with honey and cinnamon. Wrap the bowl tightly with good quality plastic wrap. It must be air tight or this won’t work. Microwave on high for 5 min.

The plastic wrap will make a big bubble as it cooks.  This is normal. It works like a steamer to cook the apple quickly.

When taken from the microwave (WITH POT HOLDERS) the plastic wrap will shrink wrap the apple.  Now keeping those pot holder on, carefully pull off the plastic wrap with a fork. Be careful to avoid hot steam.

Let cool (if you can…) and enjoy!

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Broiled Grapefruit With Honey And Cinnamon

broiled grapefruit

Want to know what to have for breakfast tomorrow? This is the best!!

1/2 grapefruit

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of cinnamon

Position oven rack so that it sits four inches below the broiler in the oven. Preheat the oven to broil. Place one half grapefruit in a small baking dish. Drizzle with honey and vanilla extract. Sprinkle cinnamon over top and broil in the oven for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Fat bee