Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Here’s a tasty cold weather treat that will leave you begging for more. This apple oat coffee cake tastes great when it first comes out of the oven (or you can always heat it up again when you’re ready to have a piece later). Not only that, it is also complemented quite well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You have to start off by making the crumb topping. Simply mix 3 tablespoons margarine (or light butter), 1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped nuts together in a small bowl. I think chopped walnuts go for the crumb topping.

After you’ve created the yummy part, you can start mixing the other ingredients together…

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine (or light butter), softened
  • 1 cup skim milk (or soy milk)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup fat free egg product or 2 egg whites
  • 2 medium apples, chopped (2 cups)

Step one: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square baking pan and set aside.

Step two: Mix all ingredients, except for apples, together in a large bowl. You can use an electric mixer if you wish. When all is mixed well, add the apple pieces.

Step three: Spread half the batter into the pan, then sprinkle with half of the crumb topping. Repeat with the remaining half of batter, then add the last of the topping.

Step four: Bake for 45 minutes until a toothpick or clean knife inserted in center comes out clean. Then, cut into 12 pieces. If you want, you can add apple slices to the top of each piece for a lavish look. Of course, it is tastier to eat when it’s fresh out of the oven.

For all you health nuts out there, each slice is only 270 calories. It really fills you up, too. This is a great winter treat!

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Just look at all that cheese and cauliflower.

Just look at all that cheese and cauliflower.

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Well, since I just finished the last of my cauliflower casserole leftovers, I want to give you the recipe. This dish is excellent as a side for any dinner or lunch. I’ve just been eating it as a snack between meals because it’s so cheesy and delicious.

I even gave a bunch of this casserole away to friends. The compliments never stopped flowing! It was a real hit. Seriously, if you want to make some friends, bake this dish and serve it up!

Once again, I’ve got Hungry Girl to thank for this one.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat or light ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded fat-free (or reduced fat) cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Place cauliflower and onion in a large microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup water. Microwave for 6 to 8 minutes. Once the bowl is cool enough to handle, drain the water and set aside.

Step 3: Place cheese wedges in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. Mix until smooth.

Step 4: Add cheese and all the other ingredients to the bowl with the cauliflower and onion and stir until well mixed.

Step 5: Spray a medium to large baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer contents of the bowl to the baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika (optional). Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve warm.

If you’re watching your calories, this dish is right for you. 1 generous cup of the sweet creamy casserole is only 117 calories.

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