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Old 12-18-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
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Popover Recipe - how many carbs am I looking at?

I have this popover recipe (can't remember where it came from -- probably here!) ... it's really good, but when I enter it into Mastercook, it gives me a really high carb count... 57 g carbs, 14g fiber for the whole recipe. This seems way too high to me! It would mean each popover is almost 4g carbs. What do you think?

13 T vital wheat gluten
1/2 c heavy cream
3/4 c water
2 T butter, melted
1/2 t salt
2 eggs

Heat oven to 450. Combine all ingredients. Pour into 12 muffin tins, each of which has about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons oil. Bake 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350, and bake 10 more minutes. Pierce with fork when done, to avoid sogginess.
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Old 12-18-2003, 04:15 PM   #2
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I come up with about 30.5 carbs for the recipe and there's practically no fiber, at least according to the USDA site.
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Old 12-19-2003, 01:00 AM   #3
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This is what I got when I entered into my MasterCook

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 7433 Calories; 328g Fat (39.6% calories from fat); 1055g Protein; 70g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 1034mg Cholesterol; 4946mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 Grain(Starch); 147 Lean Meat; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 46 1/2 Fat.

These are really the only places where there are carbs:
Vital Wheat Gluten - Mastercook shows 5.0 grams of carbs per 100 grams, with .03 grams of fiber.
Cream - 1/2 cup has just over 3.3 grams
eggs - there are approximately .6 per egg

So, the cream and the eggs account for 4.5 grams of carbs. So, there must be 65.5 grams of carbs in the Wheat Gluten, with 4 grams of fiber.

This does seem high to me, but I don't have a package that I can check. What does yours say?

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Old 12-19-2003, 03:59 AM   #4
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My wheat gluten package says 5g carbs (0 fiber) for each 2T. So I think LindaSue's calculation seems closer than what Mastercook is saying. (I like 30.5 a lot better than 57 or 70!)
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Old 12-19-2003, 05:19 AM   #5
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It makes no sense that MasterCook's count for vital wheat gluten is so much lower than the USDA's count, yet their total for the recipe is quite a bit higher. The USDA says that 100 grams of vital wheat gluten has 13.79 carbs with .6 grams fiber. Something's not right somewhere.
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Mastercook is getting messed up on the grams to tablespoon conversion, since one is a weight measure and one is a volume measure.

A cup of flour weighs 120 grams, so I'd estimate that 100 grams of vital wheat gluten is about 3/4 of a cup, which equals 12 tablespoons.

So according to the USDA website, your 12 tablespoons of gluten (100 grams), adds 13.79 grams of carbs to the recipe--which makes the total fairly low.
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Old 12-19-2003, 09:35 AM   #7
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Lower! Lower! I love low!! The more we analyze this, the lower the count is going!
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My Diet Power Software calculates these at 2 carbs each. The software is based on USDA figures as well as those items I have entered off the nutritional info on the package. The recipe that I have is the same, with a note at the bottom of it that reads: Makes 12 at about 2 carbs per popover.
Let us know how they are. I have had the recipe for a long while, but have never tried it.
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Old 12-19-2003, 11:57 AM   #9
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Bfranke, thanks for the counts. I'm going to consider these as 2 carbs apiece. I LOVE this recipe. They remind me of the individual little Yorkshire puddings that my mom used to make. They are sort of biscuit-like in texture. Wonderful when they're warm out of the oven, slathered with a little butter! Only bad thing is that they don't keep so well... once they sit for a little while, they start to get oily-tasting... there is quite a bit of fat in each one.
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Old 12-19-2003, 01:18 PM   #10
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I've cooked these once & they were great. Tasted almost like the real ones, maybe just a little bit eggy inside. I have refrained from making them again, because I wanted to eat to many . They're really easy too.
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