Category Archives: Breads

September is National Biscuit Month

September is

National Biscuit Month!

I don’t know about you, but as a Southerner, that’s pretty exciting to me.  It’s like it almost gives me a reason to eat biscuits every morning, or maybe all day!  If I do, it will need to be the almond flour kind, otherwise I might not be able to fit through the door at the end of the month.

Anyway, I have several biscuit recipes on the site already and I wanted to link to those.

Buttermilk Biscuits are delicious with homemade jam!

 

Sour Cream Biscuits are simple, delicious, and only need three ingredients!  Yummy served with Apple Butter.

 

Almond Flour Biscuits ~ Low Carb & Grain Free are so good you’ll almost feel guilty!

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Low Carb Biscuits are made with Carbquik and great served with Sausage Cream Gravy.

So if you’re eating grain free, wheat free, low carb, or just plain eatin’, there’s a biscuit that you can enjoy.  Don’t grab a can off the shelf, be brave and try one of these easy recipes.  You won’t regret it!  Go ahead and celebrate!

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Pumpkin Bars ~ Grain Free • Wheat Free • Sugar Free

October and cooler weather brings on that desire to bake!

This tasty bar recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

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(Here’s my version of pumpkin bars topped with a warm cinnamon butter cream sauce that I just threw together using cream, Stevia, and cinnamon.)

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 Low Carb Pumpkin Bars

 2 cup blanched almond flour (I like Honeyville)
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
1 15 oz. can of real pumpkin
1 cup granular sweetener (for example, Swerve)

    Preheat oven to 350º F.   Grease 9×13 inch glass cake pan or spray with    non-stick spray. I like to fill my Misto sprayer with coconut oil.  In medium mixing bowl, sift together almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
salt and baking soda. Set aside.

  In the bowl of your electric mixer, blend together eggs, pumpkin and sweetener until smooth.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine on low speed until smooth.  Pour pumpkin bar batter into cake dish and smooth with spatula.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

  Completely cool on rack before cutting and serving. Top with your choice of real whipped cream or buttery cinnamon glaze.

Serves 15.  Nutrition Information: 120 calories 9 g fat, 6 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g net carbs, 5 g protein (without the toppings)

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Honey Yeast Rolls

For our family’s Sunday Potluck, I’m making Pam’s Honey Yeast Rolls with Honey Butter again.   Oh, and I’m trying Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese!

I’ll try to be back  with pics and a review real soon!

Broccoli Cheese Cornbread

I usually like to serve Broccoli Cheese Cornbread when we’re having Fried Tenderloin and White Beans.

This year I made it to add to our family’s Thanksgiving feast.

Cheesy, moist and satisfying, this cornbread recipe is a winner!

Broccoli Cheese Cornbread

2 packages (8.5 oz each) corn bread/muffin mix
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups (12 oz) 4% cottage cheese
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 large onion, chopped

In a large bowl, combine corn bread mixes.  In another bowl, beat
eggs, cottage cheese and butter.  Stir into corn bread mixes just
until moistened.  Fold in broccoli and onion.

Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan.  Bake at 350° for
40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm.
Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 196 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 323 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

 

Sour Cream Biscuits

September

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National Biscuit Month

and I do love me a fluffy biscuit still warm from the oven!  Total comfort food on a crisp fall morning.

I’m on a quest to find the perfect biscuit.  One that stays fluffy and tender even after they cool off.  The biscuits that I’ve made recently are fantastic out of the oven, but after they cool down and sit a while, they get kind of grainy.  I’m thinking it might have something to do with the fat or flour used.

Recently I tried a new recipe using sour cream and was impressed with the tenderness of dough.  Topped with some apple butter,  that warm biscuit was just right along with my scrambled eggs.

Sour Cream Biscuits
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2 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons water
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In a large mixing bowl, add flour and sour cream.   Mix to a soft dough.  Add additional water if necessary.
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With well floured hands, shape dough into round biscuit shapes.  Place in greased baking pan or cast iron skillet with sides touching.  Brush biscuit tops with oil.  Bake at 450º  for 10-12 minutes.  Brush with butter before serving.
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*For this batch of biscuits, I preheated a Lodge 10″ cast iron skillet,  along with about 3 tablespoons of oil.  I wanted to see if the bottoms of my biscuits would be crispy…and they were!  🙂
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COOK’S NOTE:  If you don’t have self-rising flour, use 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 teaspoons baking powder.
Also check out my Southern Buttermilk Biscuit recipe.
And here’s a great low carb biscuit recipe for all my low carb fans.
 
 
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Focaccia Bread

My nephew blessed me with a bunch of cherry tomatoes.  

I had been wanting to try roasted cherry tomatoes for a while so I figured this was the best time.  What a delight!

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Ina Garten)

4 pints cherry tomatoes
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
20 fresh basil leaves, chopped or julienned  (I used some dried spice here)
Sea salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

 Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil on a sheet pan.  Spread them out into one layer and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and pepper.  Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.   (I wanted mine a little drier so I left them in about 45 minutes while checking on them ever so often.)

Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter and sprinkle with basil leaves and sea salt.   Serve hot or at room temperature.

They are so tasty right by themselves, but I wanted to make a focaccia bread so I prepared the dough and topped with the roasted tomatoes.

Here’s the bread ready to go into the oven.

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When it came out, it looked like this.

It was quite delicious fresh out of the oven and would have gone great with a salad.

Easiest Focaccia Bread

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a small bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with flour; stir well to combine. Stir in additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all of the flour is absorbed. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly for about 1 minute.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F .

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface; knead briefly. Pat or roll the dough into a sheet and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the dough with oil.   At this time add the roasted tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake focaccia in preheated oven for 12 to 22 minutes, depending on desired crispness. If you like it moist and fluffy, then you’ll have to wait just about 12 minutes.  If you like it crunchier and darker in the outside, you may have to wait 22minutes.  Mine was baked for about 22 minutes.

Later on my sweet sister-in-law called me over for supper.  Here’s what we had.  I’m ashamed to say this is my plate!  lol

My hubby cooked the fish and I made the corn salad and hush puppies.  My sister-in-law made everything else and my brother–in-law made his famous Banana Pudding.

What a delicious Southern supper made greater by time spent with family!

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Almond Thins ~ Low Carb Crackers

ALMOND THINS

1 cup almond flour (I use Honeyville )

1 package Truvia sweetener

1 egg white

1/4 tsp salt

dash of garlic powder and  onion powder (see organic spices here)

Preheat oven 325. Mix ingredients well. Place mixture onto a well greased piece of tin foil.  Spray a piece of wax paper with cooking spray and lay over top of mixture (I prefer to use  parchment paper).

Use a rolling pin to roll out to a cracker thickness.  Gently remove wax paper.  Sprinkle more salt on top if desired and press lightly into dough. Score with knife or pizza cutter into squares.  Lay tin foil on rack in oven. Bake until golden brown about 10 minutes.  Makes around 50 crackers. (I didn’t get that many, but my dough needed to be thinner and maybe the crackers should have been cut smaller.)

If you can make 50 crackers, serving of 5 crackers each is:

Cal 66, carbs < than 2 per serving

*Recipe from Low Carb Friends.

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Just for Fun…and a tease! :)

Just for fun today…I’d like to see where my readers are from, so if you don’t mind, please leave the name of your state (or country) in a comment.  I’d appreciate it so much!

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Also, just let you know…I’ve been busily baking!

Right now I’m testing some new low carb recipes and some new uses of some already tried and true recipes.

Here’s some pics to let you know what’s coming up.  I’ll be sharing the recipes in the very near future.

I’ve been using my low carb Carbquik biscuit recipe in different ways and I’m pleasantly surprised at how versatile this recipe is!

First…

my biscuit recipe baked in a muffin pan.


Then I had the bright idea to add a little bit of Splenda and some sugar free chocolate chips.  To 2 of them I added some peanut butter just to see how they would bake up.

 

Same biscuit recipe made a little sweeter and turned into a cake batter, then baked in a cast iron skillet.  With the added fruit, I’m not too sure of the carb count.

But this sure is good when heated and topped with a little sugar free vanilla ice cream!

Hope you enjoy looking at the food pictures and will be back to check out the recipes!

Y’all come back now, ya heah?!  😀

Cuban Sandwich or Hot Ham

I saw a recipe for a Cuban sandwich the other day and it looked

so good!  I thought I’ve just got to make one of those,

so one day while home on lunch I threw

this together.  It was quite tasty and I will be

making this again soon.


As usual, there is a twist.  My mom always laughed at me ’cause if

I don’t have it, I’ll substitute something for it!  🙂

This sandwich is made using my low carb biscuit for the bread

and unfortunately I had no pork roast, so maybe I should

just call this a Hot Ham Sandwich?!


I really didn’t use a recipe (but I will give you a link at the end)

and used more of a process, so I will overwhelm you

with pics and how I did made it.

I thought the sandwich photographed nicely and I couldn’t

chose just one picture to share, so that’s why I’ve posted

several different angles here.


I made up my biscuit dough and actually fried it up like a pancake.

It made 2 good size pancakes or fried bread.

I sliced one of the “pancakes”  into and flipped it over and spread

mayo on both “crusts” of the bread.  I then layered

sliced ham, cheese, and pickles, sprinkled with sea salt and

smokehouse pepper and assembled the sandwich.  I proceeded to

spread with butter and toast on both sides since I don’t own

a sandwich press.  Yummo!


It was great as a quick lunch.  Also, this sandwich would make a

great party appetizer when cut into smaller pieces

or served along with soup would be dinner!

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Here’s more on the Cuban Sandwich:

Celebrate Cuban

Taste of Cuba

Latin Food at About dot Com

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Recipe Rerun and a Happy Friday to you!

I made this twice in the past few days and plan on making it again this weekend.

It has to be THE easiest and best cake I’ve every made! with the fewest ingredients.

I’ve discovered you can even make it in a bread pan and call it Applesauce Nut Bread!

(Click on the picture for the recipe)

Here’s something I do to make this cake extra tasty:

I always grease/butter/or spray the bottom of the cake dish or bread pan then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  I do this on top as well when I’m baking it in a bread pan and don’t plan on glazing the bread.  I suppose you could do it even if you do glaze the “bread”.  It adds a little yum-yum flavor!

Bake it.  Soon.

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Heavenly Yeast Rolls

A few years ago, my hubby bought me a bread machine for my birthday.

I was thrilled!  There’s nothing like the smell of bread baking in the oven.  There’s a satisfaction of being able to bake your own bread.  When I bite into a warm yeast roll fresh from the oven, there’s a certain sense of accomplishment.

I went on a search for the perfect yeast roll.  This recipe was the best and easiest and with a name like Heavenly Yeast Rolls, what could be better?!

Heavenly Yeast Rolls

1 cup milk
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast

Place the  ingredients in your bread machine in order recommended by the instruction book and use the dough cycle.

Remove the dough from the machine and knead gently on lightly floured surface.

Divide and shape into 24 – 30 smooth round balls.  Place the rolls about 3/4 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Cover with a cloth and allow to double in a warm place.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 18 minutes.  Brush them with butter after baking to keep the tops soft.

*You can also substitute 1 cup of wheat flour for one cup of the bread flour for wheat rolls.

Optional: Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese before baking (see first picture.)

Serve with butter and jam.


More regular and low carb Bread and Roll Recipes that might interest you:

Kevin’s Low Carb Dinner Rolls

Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

Easy Dinner Rolls

Pioneer Woman’s Dinner Rolls

Linda Sue’s Dinner Rolls


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Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

For years I’ve used this basic Atkins’ Revolution Roll recipe, with a twist.

I use cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.

It makes for a smoother roll.


Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

3 eggs, separated

1 tablespoon granular Splenda

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 Tablespoon coconut flour (optional)

dash salt,  (and other spices)

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With a stand mixer, beat the egg whites on high until stiff.  In another bowl, blend the egg yolks, sweetener, cream cheese, coconut flour, salt and any other spices you might want to add, with a mixer until smooth.  I didn’t use any extra spices for these particular rolls.

Gently fold the yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites carefully.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Divide the mixture into 6-8 medium size mounds, flattening them slightly with the back of the spoon.

Bake at 400º  for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.   Cool and  store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator.  Use for sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, etc.

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Nutritional facts provided by My Fitness Pal. 

For the whole batch:  Cal 547,  Carbs 8,  Fat 46,  Fiber 3

For each roll (if making 6 rolls):  Cal 91,  Carbs 1.5,  Fat 8,  Fiber 0

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Today I’m joining the link party over at

and I am so excited to have my Mom’s Pimento Cheese Recipe featured on Simply Sweet Home’s site today!


Fried Cornbread and Hush Puppies

Nothing goes with white beans like Fried Cornbread. 

At a restaurant not too far away this is called the “Po’ Boy Special”.  It comes with a slice of Vidalia onion and a tall glass of iced sweet tea.

Last week we had some white beans flavored with baked ham and some fried cornbread.  I like Aunt Mary’s Red Tomato Relish on my white beans.  Just a taste brings back sweet memories.

A couple nights later, my Handyman fried some fish and we made Hush Puppies.  Those were yummy, too.  My friend, Karen, has the best Hush Puppy recipe!

I’m sharing both these recipes today.

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 Fried Cornbread Fritters

1 cup of self rising white cornmeal
1 cup of buttermilk
2/3 cup of self-rising flour
1 egg, beaten

Mix the ingredients together and fry like pancakes on an oiled hot griddle or skillet.  Like pancakes, when you see the bubbles on top, it’s time to flip them.  Another minute or so on that side and they should be done.  Remove to a serving plate and try not to pinch off the crispy edge while the others cook.  Good luck. 🙂

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There are many opinions as to where the name “Hush Puppies” came from, but the general concensus is that the name has something to do with keeping dogs quiet.

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Hush puppies–golden-brown puffs invented to shush up the barking puppies at an outdoor feast; made by putting corn-bread batter into deep fat.”

American Heritage Cookbook, American Heritage [American Heritage:New York] 1964 (p. 128)

Karen’s Hush Puppies

2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix

3 tablespoons self-rising flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup green bell pepper (omitted this time)

1 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

vegetable oil for deep-frying

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In a deep fryer or a cast iron fryer heat 2 – 3 inches of oil over medium heat to 375°. 

In a mixing bowl, combine cornmeal mix, flour, sugar, onion, and pepper. Add milk and egg; mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drop batter by tablespoons into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, turning several times. Drain on paper towels. Makes about 12 large  hush puppies.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Oh, how I love the smell of bread baking in the oven!

It speaks to my soul and tells me good things are to come.

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Years ago (seems like a lot of my posts start with this), I clipped a Basic Buttermilk Biscuit recipe from my Mom-in-love’s Southern Living magazine.

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This is my go-to, tried and true, never-fail biscuit recipe that I use when I’m not low carbing or I just wanna make biscuits for the family on Saturday morning.

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I use my medium size biscuit cutter so my biscuits are smaller than usual.  I tend to like’m small, tall, and fluffy…almost bite-size, well at least a few bites worth.   I do love things in miniature.

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 Begin by cutting the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

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Add buttermilk and stir just until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

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Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and gently knead or fold over itself 4-5 times.    Folding creates multiple layers of dough and fat, giving rise to a tender, fluffy biscuit.  Pat or roll to ¾” thick; cut with a round biscuit cutter.

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Place into a greased pan with side touching.  This helps with the rise.  I used my round Wilton silicone cake pan and it worked great!  There was even a slight crust on the bottom of some of the biscuits.

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Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. 

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Serve with honey, jam, sorghum, meat, or how about some Chocolate Gravy?   The freedom of  choice is yours!

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Basic Buttermilk Biscuits

1/3 cup butter, cut up

2 cups self rising flour (White Lily is good)

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons melted butter

 

Preheat oven to 425ºF.  Cut butter in flour w/ pastry cutter.  Add buttermilk and stir just until all dry ingredients are incorporated.   Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and gently knead or fold over itself 4-5 times.    Folding creates multiple layers of dough and fat, giving rise to a tender, fluffy biscuit.

Pat or roll to ¾” thick; cut with a round biscuit cutter.  Pat or roll to ¾” thick; cut with a round biscuit cutter.   Bake for 12-14 minutes. Brush with melted butter fresh from the oven.  Serve warm.

Yield:  12-14 (1½”) biscuits or 7 (2½”) biscuits

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Recipe courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Weight Watcher Skillet Cornbread

One of the Weight Watcher recipes I’ve tried recently…

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The cornbread was very moist and had great flavor.  I am a big fan of using buttermilk in baked breads and cakes and the buttermilk flavor came through strong for me.  I could’ve almost eaten this with a fork.  It was very good and I’ll definitely be making it as long as I do Weight Watchers.

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Weight Watcher Skillet Cornbread

1 cup uncooked cornmeal, yellow

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

14 3/4 oz cream-style corn, canned

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 large egg whites

2 tsp corn oil

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Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan or 8″ skillet as I’ve done here, with cooking spray. (I used my pastry brush and brushed the skillet with oil.)

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Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix well with a fork, then make a well in the center; set aside.

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Combine creamed corn, buttermilk, egg whites and oil in a medium bowl; mix until blended. Fold mixture into dry ingredients; mix until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.

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Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely before cutting into 8 squares.

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Weight Watcher Points Value 3 per serving.

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Stay tuned for more great Weight Watcher recipes.