Brownies!

I’ve been working on refining my diabetic brownie recipe today; using lower percentage cocoa dark chocolate, and playing with the ratios of butter, flour, sugar-substitute and egg. The result is a very rich decadent brownie, which packs a strong chocolatey-punch. It’s nice with a small spoonful of whipped cream to cut through the richness, and Alice liked it so much she had seconds!

From top left the photos show how I made the brownie step-by-step:

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in bain marie
  2. Mix in the solids and egg
  3. Pour into prepared baking tin and smooth over
  4. Take out after 30 minutes in the oven (don’t be scared if it still looks wet)
  5. Allow to cool then turn out onto a plate and trim
  6. Dust with diabetic icing sugar.

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

What better way to pass the time in quarantine than to work on some recipe iterations?? I’ve had my diabetic carrot cake recipe perfected for a few weeks now, but I was struggling with adapting my cream cheese icing recipe to get the correct consistency. Seems that now I’ve finally cracked it though; I had to swap to a different type of sugar-substitute, and shift the ratio of fat:sugar. Now the only problem is that there’s only me and Alice here to eat it all…

Introductions…

I thought it would be nice to start with an introduction to myself and my daughter – my name is Helen but on here I’m also known as DiaMummy! My daughter, Alice, is 2 years old, and has been diabetic since birth and probably before. She has a very rare sub-type of diabetes called neonatal diabetes. It is genetic in nature, but doctors have thus far been unable to identify which mutation she has. The result is that sometimes her pancreas produces some insulin, and other days it doesn’t produce any. This is unlike type I diabetics, who’s immune system attacks the beta-cells in the pancreas which produce insulin, until they are unable to produce any of their own insulin at all. Alice is treated with daily insulin injections, just like a type I diabetic, but the difference is that the number of units of insulin she needs is not directly proportional to the amount of carbs which she consumes. Her condition is 1:500,000 within the population, and there is no familial history of diabetes, so we were not expecting to have a diabetic child by any stretch of the imagination. Despite our daily battles to keep Alice’s blood sugar levels under control, she is the happiest, cutest, smartest and bravest little girl I know, and I could not be more proud of her for what she has overcome so far, and how she takes everything in her stride without so much as batting an eyelid! She gives me the determination to keep battling through everyday, and the motivation to ensure that she never has to miss out on a piece of cake!

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/other-types-of-diabetes/neonatal-diabetes