As I posted last week, I have been infatuated with all things mini recently. Case in point, this month's book club gathering on Friday up in Wilson, Wyoming. We were scheduled to discuss Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits, so I decided that I would make the opposite... delicious bites!
Of course, just like me, I was going to bring 2 different dishes, but I ran plum out of time once Friday rolled around (the other dish? Caprese bites with my own mozza cheese -- see the mini recipes post, linked above, for the link). As many ladies in the book club have New Year's resolutions to make healthier choices, I whipped up the Chocolate Strawberry Bites below - so simple! You'd need:
- Box of Cake or Brownie Mix
- 1 can of pumpkin (not pie filling!)
I was a little skeptical, but all you need to do is mix the pumpkin with any cake mix (both plain Chocolate and Spice options turned out great!) and bake -- no eggs, no oil. I found that adding 1/4 cup of water did make it a little easier to work with. The dough will be very thick. I put a spoonful in greased mini muffin tins (no papers) and baked according to the directions on the box. The end result was about 30 mini cakes! With a smear of whipped frosting (less calories) and a strawberry on top, I skewered a mini dessert that comes out to be less than 80 calories. You might consider other or more fruit - turning it into more of a dessert kebab! I wish I had picked up some mint leaves for these...
Next month's book club: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Centering around health care issues in Haiti at the turn of the century, I can only imagine that it will be a very thought-provoking read...