Is Eating Desserts Really That Bad an Idea?

Image credit: DHerbs.com At this stage, the cat’s pretty much out of the proverbial bag – eating desserts or anything that’s high in sugar and fats is as good as a death sentence. But, just how much truth is there to such statements? After all, things that sound too bad to be true (probably) always are, right? Well, we are here to set the record straight once and for all. Having been in the confectionery trade for a while, we know a little something about how sugary foods work. The short version of our answer is – no, desserts are not bad for you. Here’s the longer version… The origins of the myth Image credit: Flickr For the most part, people broadly class foods into good and bad boxes. Good food (green veggies, white meats, fruits) can be safely consumed in any quantity while even a single service of the bad foods (burgers, cakes, pizzas etc) can set you all the way back to the start. This just isn’t true. While some foods have more calories than others, how you consume them is what ultimately dictates results. Sugar is the biggest worry as far as desserts go. For men, the recommended total sugar intake per day is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, while for women the number is 6 teaspoons or 100 calories. Provided what you are eating is within this threshold, you should be fine. However, as this number is the total sugar you can consume in a day, it should include what all the foods you consume, not just those high in sugar. No, desserts aren’t inherently...

5 Science Backed Ways to Lose Weight Fast for the Summer

Well, beach season’s here. So you must have started worrying about how you look by now and are wondering how to lose weight fast. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered. The good news is that you still have some time. The bad news is it’s not much. Keeping in shape is hard and getting back into it is harder still. So, if you’ve been asking your mirror all sorts of flattering questions, then we might have some answers for you. We put some of our internet ninjitsu to good use and dig up some science backed ways for you to find your way back to a fast ways to get in shape. Drink more water No, really, this works! For the most part, losing weight boils down to having a better control over your diet. In other words, the real enemy is hunger. A study on pre-meal water ingestion showed that people who drank two glasses of water just before a meal consumed 22% less than what they would have otherwise. Besides, you will need to drink as much during the hotter summer months in order to make up for water lost thru perspiration. A neat little trick you can try is to drink cold water whenever possible. Doing so will result in a temporary spike in your metabolism as the body burns calories to bring its temperature up. Amp up on coffee Can’t step out of the home without your daily cuppa? Well, now you have an even better excuse! The caffeine in coffee is known to increase Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) by as much as 3-11%,...

Eggless Baked Desserts for the Moms to be

Avocado with chili and ice cubes, sardines on Ritz crackers, pork in Vanilla ice-cream and onions on everything. Pregnancy cravings, much like man-flu gives the opposite gender plenty to be astounded at, and maybe even draw a giggle on. But, whatever the reasons maybe behind them, these sudden and voracious appetites are a real thing and are best not underestimated. Pregnancy is a trying time for mothers-to-be and their family and many a precaution needs to be taken – food being the primary one. There are many food-items that can harm gestating women and their fetus, after all. For a complete list of foods prohibited in pregnancy, visit americanpregnancy.org. One of the items in the list of prohibited foods during pregnancy is raw egg & foods containing raw or uncooked eggs. Eggs in their natural state often have a harmful bacteria called salmonella which infects intestines. Since raw eggs are used in everything from homemade ice-cream, to salads & custard, it is best to know what to avoid and what you can have. So, here’s a list of eggless foods that are a perfect fit for pregnant ladies, without putting them in harm’s way… Nan Khatai First on our list is the popular vegan Indian shortbread cookies – Nan Khatai. These melt in your mouth cookies are a perfect snack for pregnant women (or anyone else) and can be whipped up in no time. Traditionally these are using all-purpose flour but we have chosen the whole wheat ones which are a healthier version. Check out the full recipe here. Now chocolates are not on the don’t eat during pregnancy...

The Most Unusual Cheesecakes That You Can Find

Now, any cheesecake can light up your day, be it a New York styled or ye old cookie and cream. But in a world where nothing is ever enough, we have cheesecakes that can blow you away with their sheer weirdness. Yes! Even cheesecakes have creative versions that are just not what you can order any day of the week. We at Crumble and Whisk being the cheesecake lovers that we are always love a new recipe. So without further ado, here are some of the craziest cheesecakes that we have come across… Rainbow Cheesecake Bound to be something your kids will enjoy (adults too no doubt). This cheesecake while being light and delicious is a colorful delight enough to be a conversation piece! The cheesecake has a graham cracker crust with a cream cheese filling mixed with vanilla, sour and heavy cream and eggs. Liquid food colors are used to make it colorful. Try out the recipe here. Green tea Cheesecake Now, cheesecakes are probably one of the healthiest desserts there are, but this green tea cheesecake really takes the prize home! The recipe recommends matcha powder to get that green tea flavor, but we believe any of your favorite brands will do the trick here. Unlike our last entry, this cheesecake has a chocolate wafer crust and does not use egg so needs no baking. Find the recipe here. Mini Turtle Cheesecake This one scores top marks for creativity — it tries to make like a turtle after all. The cheesecake comes with a crushed Oreo crust and cream cheese filling. It has a creatively decked topping...

Cheesecake FAQ: All Your Cheesecake Questions Answered

Running a pastry shop is always interesting, and we are constantly bombarded with questions about how we do what we do. So we thought of putting together a page with some of the more common inquiries that are received at Crumble and Whisk. Here they are… What makes your cheesecakes special/different? Our chief chef Charles Farrier makes each cheesecake bringing his years of experience and knowledge in the culinary arts. All ingredients we use are carefully selected for their flavor and quality. It is the variety of cheesecakes we have that makes us different. Furthermore, while most patisseries offer readymade cakes, our cheesecakes are made to order. Simply place an order with us, and pick up your specially made cheesecakes from our Kitchen in Berkley. Our Menu How do I preserve a cheesecake? While we always recommend you eat a cheesecake immediately, there may be instances where you need them later. In this case, simply refrigerate the cheesecake preferably within 2 hours of having received it. If you want to store it for a longer duration, then wrap them in tin foil and freeze it. How long can a cheesecake last? Depends entirely on how you preserve it. Typically, a freshly baked cheesecake can last up to 6 days in the fridge. However, a frozen cheesecake is good for 6-8 months if wrapped properly. What goes into making a cheesecake? Honestly, there is no one recipe for cheesecake, and different parts of the world have developed different methods for making them. That being said, most cheesecakes share a few aspects in common. All cheesecakes have a solid crust made...

5 Cheesecake Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About

With all the ways in which a cheesecake can be prepared, you’d be forgiven to think that the humble pie is a recent invention. Every famous delicacy has a rich history and plethora of trivia to its credit and the cheesecake is no different. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about cheesecakes: The cheesecake is way older than you think Archaeological records points to the fact that the pie has been served since 2000 BC! Greek Olympic athletes are believed to have been served a basic version of cheesecake before an event to give them energy. The Roman politician, Marcus Cato is thought to have recorded the oldest known recipe of cheesecake, while the writer Athenaeus is credited with the first written Greek cheesecake recipe in 230 AD. After the Romans conquered Greece, they took the cheesecake recipe and modified it – called “libuma” the Roman cheesecake was served warm and would often include crushed cheese and eggs. As the Romans expanded their empire, they introduced the cheesecake to Britain and parts of Europe. Other people began experimenting with the recipe by adding their own regional specialties to it and thus the cheesecake became an international phenomenon. There are 4 national cheesecake days, not one Cheesecake lovers can rejoice! While the official cheesecake day is July 30, there’s also a national cherry cheesecake day on April 23, national blueberry cheesecake day on May 26, and finally the national pumpkin cheesecake day is on Oct 21. The largest cheesecake ever made weighed in at a colossal 6,900 pounds Created by the Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Lowville, New York...