Making healthy desserts is a snap with Nick Malgieri's Perfect Light Desserts. Here are some "Perfect" Dessert Tips from the book, and sample recipes like Easy Chocolate Mousse, Crisp Chocolate Biscotti and Lemon Cheese Tart with Strawberries.
Sweet Pastry Dough
Makes about 9 ounces of dough, enough for a 9- or 10-inch tart or a single 9-inch piecrust, about 8 servings
I like to use this as an all-purpose tart and pie dough. It works equally well both when you want to bake the raw dough with a filling in it and also as a fully baked empty crust for a creamy or mousselike filling. Though the dough is very low in fat, a bit of sugar helps to tenderize it. Also the presence of the baking powder does several things: First, the leavening action makes the dough fairly light and prevents toughness. Second, baking powder helps the dough to bake through on the bottom, thus avoiding a soggy, underbaked bottom crust, the greatest nightmare of pie and tart baking. Best of all, this dough takes about 5 minutes to make, from when you begin to measure the flour to wrapping it in plastic. The food processor does all the work.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (spoon flour into dry-measure cup and level off)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into 6 pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon cold water
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse 3 or 4 times to mix.
2. Add the butter and pulse about 10 or 12 times to mix the butter in finely.
3. Add the egg and water and pulse repeatedly until the dough forms a ball.
4. Invert the bowl to a lightly floured work surface and carefully remove the blade.
5. Form the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic.
6. Refrigerate the dough for several hours or up to 3 days. You may also roll out the dough immediately; it will be a little soft but entirely capable of being rolled.
7. Before you use the refrigerated dough, unwrap it and place it on a floured work surface. Gently knead the dough to render it malleable, then form it into a disk again before rolling.
Per serving: 119 calories, 5 g total fat (38% of calories), 3 g saturated fat, 3g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 38 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium
Perfect Light Desserts
Fabulous Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Made with Real Butter, Sugar, Flour, and Eggs, All Under 300 Calories Per Generous Serving
By Nick Malgieri, David Joachim
$29.95 U.S. / $37.95 Canada
Recipe reprinted by permission.
- Easy Chocolate Mousse
- Crisp Chocolate Biscotti
- Lemon Cheese Tart with Strawberries
- Sweet Pastry Dough
This page created April 2007