Dessert Competition R&R (Results and Recipes)

On February 2, 2013 we had a dessert competition at Natural Baby to benefit Greer Relief food bank.  We had a great turnout, ate some yummy desserts, and raised some money for Greer Relief.  First prize went to Brittany Clark for her blackberry cake.  It was truly delectable!  Emily and Curtis Snyder and Upstate BirthNetwork tied for second place.  The Snyders submitted their chocolate peanut butter cookie bites and Upstate BirthNetwork brought some wonderful black bean brownies. A special thank you to Natural Baby for donating the space for this event.  Thank you to Earth Fare and Charleston Cooks! for donating prizes! Here are the recipes that we had the opportunity to taste: Winner: Blackberry Cake (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook) Ingredients: Nonstick Cooking Spray 1C blackberries 1C + 2T All Purpose Flour 1/2C Sugar 1t Baking Powder 1/4C Butter, melted 2 Eggs 2t Vanilla 8oz Plain Fat Free Yogurt 1 1/2t finely shredded Cutie peel Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 9 in springform pan w/cooking spray; set aside. In a bowl combine 1 c flour, 1/4 c sugar, and baking powder. Add melted butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp of vanilla; stir until combined. Spread onto bottom of prepared pan; sprinkle w/blackberries. In another medium bowl, combine yogurt, 1/4C sugar, 1 egg, 2T flour, cutie peel and 1t vanilla. Stir until smooth and pour over berries. Bake in 350 F oven for 35 min or until center appears set when shaken gently. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 min. Loosen and remove sides of pan. Cool completely. Cover and chill for 2-4 hrs before serving. Second Place Tie: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites Ingredients: 1 1/4C Soaked Garbanzo Beans 2t Vanilla Extract 1/2C + 2T creamy peanut butter 1/4C Honey 1t Baking Powder 1/2C Chocolate Chips Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients. Form into tablespoon-size balls and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes Second Place Tie: Black Bean Brownies (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com) Ingredients: 1 1/2C black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining) 2T cocoa powder- dutch or regular (10g) (add a little extra if desired) 1/2C quick oats (40g) (See nutrition facts link below for all substitution notes.) 1/4t salt 1/3C pure maple syrup or agave (Honey will work, but not for strict vegans.) (75g) 2 nunaturals stevia packs or 2 tbsp sugar...
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Dessert Competition on February 2!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means yummy desserts!  Do you want to make a special dessert this year that everyone will love? Even Dr. Sears says that desserts are ok once a week.  So let’s have a dessert competition to get some new ideas, show off your own great creations, and help a local food bank restock their pantry.  The competition will take place on February 2 from 11am-2pm at I Love Natural Baby (11 College Street Greenville, SC 29601). Rules Here’s the catch, there are some rules about the ingredients in your dessert.  In this challenge you are being asked to submit a healthier dessert (as many as you wish).  The dessert may be sweet or savory, but there are a couple of rules that you must follow: The dessert must contain at least one(1) fruit or vegetable.  If you are not using a frozen fruit or vegetable there can’t be any added sugar in the product. There must be less than 2t (8g) of added sugar/sweetener per serving.  Natural sugars from fruits and vegetables do not count toward this limit.  See the chart below for conversions.  Although I will not count sugars in packaged products (e.g., cream cheese) please try to limit the refined sugar in your dessert in the spirit of the competition. No high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavorings, or hydrogenated oils may be used or be present in any component of your recipe.   How to Enter Entrants must submit their recipe(s) no later than January 28 February 1 at 11:59pm to: Sign Up Here If your submission doesn’t meet the requirements listed above you will be notified via email by January 30.   You will be given the option to submit an updated recipe or to withdraw your submission. that is ok! On February 2 you must deliver your submission(s) by 10:45am.  Please bring enough for 25 tasting size portions (just a bite or two per portion).  We will take care of serving up the dessert into bite size portions if you don’t have the time to take care of that. The event will open to everyone at 11am.  If you arrive early (or have just dropped off your dessert), please feel free to shop while you wait for the doors to open!   Judging & Prizes Attendees will judge the entries.  Each attendee will receive 5 tickets...
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