5 Paula Deen Desserts Not to Try if You're Diabetic: Or, Adventures in Schaden-fried
The names of Deen's recipes tend to speak for themselves, and this is no exception. In this instance, Deen instructs us to bake a cheesecake (which contains 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 4 oz. of white chocolate, 3 cups of cream cheese and 7 tbsp. of butter). Let that beauty set for 8 hours, then cut it into 30 3x1-inch squares. (Note: try running a marathon or two while you're waiting for the cheesecake to be ready)
Next comes the best part: deep-frying! Paula has you place each cheesecake square in the cent of a spring roll wrapper and then sprinkle each one with chopped chocolate. Then roll up the wrapper and you are ready to drop a already fatty sugar concoction into a piping hot vat of vegetable oil. Once those are done, coat the rolls in plenty of powdered sugar.
Here's an easy recipe. Just melt 1/2 pound of Velveeta with 1 cup of butter, then throw in 1 cup of creamy peanut butter. Once those are melted together, add vanilla and any type of chopped nuts (nuts help lower your cholesterol, so this is a seriously balanced recipe). The melted mixture should then be mixed with 32 oz. -- yes, 4 cups -- of powdered sugar. At the end of the recipe, Paula acknowledges how heavy the butter and grease content may be, so she advises that we "pat top of candy with a paper towel" and watch those calories disappear.
It's a basic cake recipe, with some added marshmallow and gooey chocolate pizzazz. The cake calls for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of flour. The frosting is made partly with 1/4 cup of butter, 2 cups of brown sugar and just over 10 oz. of marshmallows. Everything sounds simple enough, yet somehow the final product pictured above seems to yield a thin layer of cake, a thick layer of marshmallows and a sugar-rush-inducing river of chocolate frosting.
Bread, sugar and brandy are key components in Deen's bread pudding recipe. The bread mixture calls for 2 cups of sugar, with a separate cup of sugar going in the brandy sauce. Add another cup of brown sugar and half a stick of butter to the bread part and you're on your way. The other half of the stick of butter goes into the sauce. The sauce also calls for 1/4 cup of brandy, but we'd suggest adding more. That way, you'll forget about your sugar consumption and hopefully get a good buzz going.
This recipe may well be the icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the corn syrup on the sugar. But seriously, this is a recipe where the main ingredients are corn syrup and sugar. Not much else. Sure, Paula throws in some egg whites, pecans and a hint of vanilla, but the classic candy/confection item is in no way health-friendly. The one thing not in this recipe? Butter.
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