Saturday, April 30, 2011
One recipe I came across recently was in Cook's Country for Lemon Squares with a big cut in fat and calories. Honestly, I was skeptical. Take a big chunk of butter out of the crust? Reduce the eggs and sugar in the filling? It sounded like a recipe for disaster - or at the very least some really bland and chewy lemon bars!
Surprisingly, they were right. It can be done! The recipe turned out great bars with a superb flaky and buttery shortbread base and a super tart and yummy filling! According to the recipe the changes reduce the fat from 16g per serving to 6g and the calories from a whopping 330 per bar to 190. I also thought that using Splenda might reduce the calories even more. When I calculated the nutritional info (here's a great tool!) I found that if Splenda was substituted the calories would drop to 135.9 and the fat to 5.7g per serving. That's a pretty good loss of calories as well. Obviously, I didn't use that option in the test, but if you try it let me know in the comments whether the Splenda worked well in this.