WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Apple Danish Cheesecake for Diabetics

Crust: 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plain almonds, ground
1/4 cup Equal-Lite or Splenda Blend
1/2 cup cold butter
1/4 tsp almond (or vanilla) extract

Filling: 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Equal-Lite or Splenda Blend
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 cup egg substitute

Topping: 1/3 cup Equal-Lite or Splenda Blend packed tight
1 tsp sugar-free maple-flavored syrup
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups peeled and thinly sliced tart apples
1/3 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

To make crust: In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, almonds and Equal-Lite. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add extract. Shape dough into a ball and place between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll out into a 10-inch circle. Transfer to prepared pan and gently press dough onto bottom and up sides of pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To make filling: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, Equal-Lite and cream of tartar until smooth. Add egg product and beat on low speed of electric mixer just until combined. Pour over crust.

To make topping: In a large mixing bowl, combine Equal-Lite with the maple-flavored syrup to blend. Add flour and cinnamon and mix to combine. Add apples and stir until coated. Spoon mixture over filling. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan for serving.