Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!The Christmas baking season is upon us and its time to get out the recipes!  At Ontario Bakery, you can bet that we are rolling up our sleeves and getting started with custom orders and loving it!  

Baking is a fun activity to do with the kids and is sometimes a family tradition. If you decide to get things cooking at home, you may want to reach for some healthier ingredients or methods.

Often when you use healthier alternatives in recipes, the flavor or texture may differ. Keep an open mind, your taste buds soon get used to the change and it is worth it when you reap the benefits! Just by making a few simple tweaks, you can make better-for-you bakes. Here are four tips to get you on your way:

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!
  • Start by using an unsaturated spread instead of butter. Not only does this lower the amount of saturated fat in your cake, but it gives a lighter texture. As long as you make sure the spread you choose is suitable for baking, you can simply swap butter for spread in most recipes.
     
  • Opt for wholegrain flour instead of white. While this may give a denser texture, the health benefits will be far greater. Wholemeal flour will increase the fibre content and make your cake feel more filling.​It also provides a lovely, slightly nutty, flavor.
     
  • Think fruit and veg have no place in a cake? Think again. They can add fibre and sweetness. Plus, fruit is a great way to keep your baking moist. Sweet vegetables such as carrots and beetroot, or fruit like apples and berries can also mean you don’t need to add as much sugar. Try this healthy banana bread recipe next time you’re in the kitchen
     
  • To finish your cake off, use a drizzle of glaze icing rather than butter icing. A light sprinkle of icing sugar can give the final touch – cut out stencils from greaseproof paper for a more professional finish. Knowing that you’ve produced a healthier version of a teatime treat will be the icing on the cake.

We at Ontario Bakery love keeping you happy whether we make a custom cake or other dessert for you or if you choose to take on the baking at home.  www.ontariobakery.com

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