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. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Apple Danish Cheesecake for Diabetics

This is another of my old internet articles.  This article was first posted on the internet 4 years ago this month.  Since then there have been a lot of improvements in diabetic foods and I have learned a lot more personally about making diabetic desserts.  The original recipe is fine but I now suggest the following changes:  For the 1 cup of all-purpose flour in the crust, change that to 1/2 cup all-purpose and 1/2 cup whole-wheat.  Also Equal-Lite can be hard to find now.  If you don't find it, use Splenda Granulated everywhere this recipe calls for the Equal-Lite.  For the topping, I now suggest replacing the Equal-Lite and Maple-Flavored Syrup with a loosely packed 1/3 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.  Then Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar-free caramel ice cream topping before serving. Either way you choose to make it, enjoy a tasty dessert!

For all you diabetics out there who long for good desserts, here is a cheesecake recipe for you. This Apple Danish Cheesecake is an easy cheesecake to make, is healthy, and best of all, it is tasty.

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

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

Topping: 1/3 cup Equal-Lite 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.