A recipe for Cranberry Orange Streusel Cake...


A recipe for Cranberry Orange Streusel Cake in last Sunday's Tidbits column failed to list 1/2 cup brown sugar in the ingredients listed for the cake. Its use was listed correctly in the second step of the instructions.

The Sun regrets the error.

Cake without guilt

If you're like 90 percent of the American public, you ate reduced-fat, low-calorie or sugar-free products once a week last year -- that's up from 76 percent who did so in 1991, according to a Gallup survey.

Nestle wants to help everyone hew to this healthful trend in 1995, and offers this recipe for a coffee cake with 25 percent less fat than the traditional version:

Cranberry Orange Streusel Coffee Cake

Serves 12

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup undiluted evaporated skimmed milk or evaporated low-fat milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted

4 egg whites

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

' 2 cups cranberries


1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Whisk together evaporated milk, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, egg whites, orange peel and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir well. Stir in cranberries. Combine streusel ingredients in a small bowl. Spread half of batter into greased 9-inch square baking pan; sprinkle with half of streusel topping. Spread with remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining topping.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Give your love a lunch that helps the homeless

Instead of a box of candy or a trinket, consider giving your valentine this year a gift that gives more than once.

If you arrange to send your loved one a gourmet celebration box lunch on Valentine's Day, Cuisine Catering, in conjunction with with Health Care for the Homeless, will provide lunch for some of Baltimore's homeless. They're donating one free lunch for every 20 celebration box lunches sold.

The lunch box includes a shrimp salad croissant or mesquite-smoked turkey croissant, fiesta pasta salad, white cheese popcorn, an apple, and two "decadent" chocolate desserts. Each lunch box costs $25 and will be delivered directly to your valentine. To order, call Cuisine Catering at (410) 281-1124.

Baltimore-based Health Care for the Homeless is a primary medical care clinic for homeless people.

It's all gravy

If you suffer from graviphobia -- fear of making gravy -- because of the certain presence of lumps, you might try making your next batch with Wondra Quick-Mixing Flour. Wondra has a granular texture that makes it easy to pour and measure, and its hollow particles make it rehydrate quickly so lumps can't form. It works well in sauces and other concoctions that need to be thickened. It comes in a 2-pound box that costs about $1.75 and in a 13.5-ounce canister that retails for about 90 cents. Wondra is available at grocery stores.


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