Holiday season is bearing down upon us. For many that means that our calanders are full.
For me it is full of many family things. It is also filled with children's birthdays at my school and my american-style hanukka-circle-times. All of this while being sugar-free.
I'm giving myself the gift of one month without sugar to see what sort of effect that it has on me.
Tomorrow is cookie-baking with Ivo's family. Should be fun. The experiment includes this recipe:
COOKIES WITHOUT SUGAR
DRIED FRUIT CONCENTRATED SWEETENER
1 c. finely chopped dried fruit, such as apricots, pears, apples, peaches, berries, raisins, dates... * 1 1/2 c. water or apple juice * pinch of salt
Soak fruit in water in the refrigerator for a few hours (or overnight). After the fruit has soaked, bring it to a boil in a saucepan, add salt, then turn down heat, simmering for 15 minutes. Then remove from the heat, cool and puree in a blender or food processor. Refrigerate in between uses.
To use this fruit sweetener instead of sugar, substitute the same amount of sweetener as sugar called for, but decrease any liquid used in the recipe by 1/4-1/3 cup. If no liquids are in the recipe, then add 3-4 T of flour or arrowroot to the dry ingredients for every 3/4 c of sweetener used.
Off to work I go. I shall post how it comes out.