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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Do Frenchwomen Stay Thin?

Clotilde DuSolier of Chocolate and Zucchini said in this blog entry that Frenchwomen generally stay thin by exercising portion control and doing a fair amount of walking. She does really seem to love her cakes, and she looks thin, so it must be working for her.

One of her favorites is G√Ęteau au Yaourt. The recipe doesn't read like a diet-book special, does it?

 Ingredients   Total
qty unit item prep type DASH servings

2.00 large eggs meat 2
1.00 cup whole milk ygrt dairy 1
1.00 cup sugar sweet 16
0.50 cup oil fat 24
2.00 cups all-purps flour grain 15.625
1.00 Tbs baking powder
1.00 tsp vanilla extract
1.00 Tbs light rum
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1.00 cup whole milk ygrt fat 1.714285714
2.00 large eggs fat 2


I've listed the yogurt and eggs twice, so I can count the extra bit of fat in the whole milk yogurt and whole eggs (instead of just the whites). It turns out to be a lot less than the 1/2 cup of oil, of course.

Mix it all up, bake it in a 10-inch cake pan, and cut it into 16 slices (59g or about 2oz each), and you get

Nutritional Summary
Servings: 16: Serving Size: 1/16 of cake: Calories: 187: Fat(g): 8: Sodium (g): 83

Food Group Serving(s)
DASH: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 0.0: Dairy: 0.1: Grains: 1.0: Meat/Fish: 0.1: Seeds: 0.0: Fats: 1.7: Sweets: 1.0
USDA: Vegetables: 0.0: Fruits/Juices: 0.0: Dairy: 0.1: Grains: 1.0: Meat/Fish/Seeds: 0.1: Fats: 1.7: Sweets: 1.0

Which is not too bad for a bite of a "fluffy, cloud-like and moist affair, not too sweet, and just perfect for any time of day". Imagine this cake as a substitute for a slice of toast (1 oz) with 2 teaspoons of butter and a tablespoon of jam. Unless the bread, jam, and butter are all truly exceptional, I think I might make the trade. Or step up the exercise.

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