Delicious Dessert Recipes



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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: GOOSEBERRY FOOL

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

Gooseberries (topped and tailed)

Granulated raw cane sugar to taste

Cream

Serve with shortbread or cookies

METHOD

Place gooseberries in a heavy-based saucepan. Add sugar and cook on a very low heat, stirring continuously until the gooseberries become soft and begin to split open. Allow to cool. Stir in cream. (For a smoother fool, whizz in a processor)

TIP: Needs to be kept cool until eaten.

VARIATION: Use any summer fruit. Instead of cream, use pro-biotic natural yogurt/crème fraiche. For non-dairy desserts, use a little water instead of cream, and you have a compote.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: EASY APPLE CRUMBLE

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

Variety of different apples, including granny smiths

Raw cane sugar

Cinnamon

Lemon juice

Shortbread fingers (use pure butter shortbread )

METHOD:

Cut apples into chunky slices leaving the skins on. Place in a deep cast iron saucepan that can be placed under the grill later. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Place on a very low heat on the hob and allow the apples to cook, stirring from time to time. Do not add any water as this will dilute the flavour. The lemon juice will provide enough liquid. Do not overcook as the apples are nicer with a bit of crunch. Crush the shortbread in a bowl with a pestle. When the apple is cooked, sprinkle the shortbread crumbs on top and place under a high grill for a few minutes until the shortbread turns golden brown.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: FRUIT FRITTERS

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

Basic pancake batter (egg, milk, flour)

Sliced apple, pineapple and banana

Flour

Sunflower/canola oil

Icing sugar

METHOD

Dip sliced fruit first in flour and then in batter and cook in very hot, clean oil in a pan, or deep fat fryer. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little icing sugar.



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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: EASY CHRISTMAS PIES

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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For years, I never baked mince pies, Christmas cake, or Christmas pudding because the whole thing seemed such a huge operation. My only knowledge of the process was from memories of my grandmother’s kitchen, when she would embark on the Christmas cooking like a military campaign, sometime after Halloween. There was no such thing as cooking up a few mincepies on Christmas Eve, when you finally had the time. It seems to me there should be something in between my grandmother’s way and just buying factory made pies, which is what most people do nowadays. So, to the purists, my little offering may not be the real thing, but in our family we love them and I can cook them at the last minute and have them hot out of the oven, just in time for Santa Claus! They are also delicious and nutritious eaten cold from a lunchbox.

INGREDIENTS

Raisins

Sultanas

Currants

Finely chopped apples

Chopped almonds

Brown sugar

Freshly squeezed orange juice and zest

Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

A little brandy

Rolled puff pastry

Baking cases

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200 C. Mix all the ingredients together except the pastry, making sure there is more than enough liquid to cover everything. Taste the sauce to see if it has the right amount of sugar and spices. Depending on how much time you have, you can cover the mixture with cling film and allow it to stand for an hour, or overnight, or longer, or not at all. Leaving it to stand allows it to absorb the juices, so the less time you have, the less juice you should use.

Cut out pastry cups and lids to fit baking cases. Place cups in cases and fill with fruit mix. Put lids on. Bake for about 15 minutes until pastry is golden. Allow to cool on a rack.

TIP: If you are too busy to cut out pastry shapes, just make it like a pie in a flan dish and cut off slices after it’s cooked.



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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: FRUIT SALAD SEASONS

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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Changing what we eat according to the seasons helps tune us in to the rhythms of the earth and the rhythms of what our bodies need. To each season, it’s own fruit, is a good adage to live by. Here are some fruit salad ideas for each time of year.

AUTUMN/WINTER

Loose pomegranite seeds, pears, green seedless grapes, toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, wafer thin slices of red onion.

SPRING/SUMMER

Honeydew melon and cantaloupe, red grapes, mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mint.

TROPICAL SUMMER

Shredded coconut, star fruit, pineapple, banana, mango, macadamia nuts.

VARIATION: Try dressing your fruit salad with a honey and lime/ orange sauce. Or a dollop of frozen ice-cream, frozen yogurt, or crème fraiche.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: EASY GOOSEBERRY CRUMBLE

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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This really is worth the effort and is much easier than you think. Your family will love you forever when you cook this!

INGREDIENTS

Gooseberries (topped and tailed)

Raw cane sugar

Shortbread fingers (use pure butter shortbread )

METHOD

Place gooseberries in a deep cast iron saucepan that can be placed under the grill later. Sprinkle with sugar. Place on a very low heat on the hob and allow to cook, stirring from time to time. Do not add any water as this will dilute the flavour. The juice will provide enough liquid. Crush the shortbread in a bowl with a pestle. When the gooseberries are cooked, sprinkle the shortbread crumbs on top and place under a high grill for a few minutes until the shortbread turns golden brown.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: BERRY YOGURT

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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This is a wonderful way of avoiding the sugary, over-processed yogurt products that fill supermarket shelves. Your homemade version will be 100% creamy goodness!

INGREDIENTS

Fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries etc.)

Natural organic bio-yogurt

Honey

METHOD

Combine everything in a food processor and whizz until smooth, until you have a fabulous dark purple smooth mixture. Freeze in little portion-sized tubs and take out the morning you want to use them.

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RECIPE: FRUIT KEBABS

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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These fun kebabs make fruit-eating a little more appetising for young children. Remember, instead of sharp skewers and cocktail sticks, which can be a hazard, use wooded lollipop sticks or strong drinking straws. (Pinch the end of the straw while pushing it through the fruit.) Choose from whatever selection of fresh fruits are in season, cutting into cubes and arranging in an appetising variation of colours. However, avoid apples, or any other fruit that might discolour, or is too ripe or too soft to stay on a kebab, such as peach.

INGREDIENTS

A typical kebab might include any of the following:

Pineapple

Strawberry

Melon

Stoned greengage

Stoned apricot

Stoned nectarine

Mandarin orange (pips removed)

Mango

Cherry

Grape

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: QUICK CHEESECAKE

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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This sugar-free dessert tastes wonderful. If you love cheesecake, but don’t always have time to make it, try this quickie version.

INGREDIENTS

Fromage frais

Blueberries

Honey

Linseed

Plain digestive biscuits

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients, except biscuits. Spread over the biscuits and you have instant cheesecake.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: FRUIT SALAD SEASONS---SUMMER

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

honeydew melon

cantaloupe

red grapes

mango

strawberries

blueberries

raspberries

chopped mint

Salsa:

Fresh lime juice and honey

OR freshly squeezed orange juice and honey

METHOD

Chop, mix and toss the fruit in a lime and honey salsa, or some orange juice.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: BANANA DOG

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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This is a favourite with young children! If you have difficulty introducing wholewheat bread to your family, this is a good place to start, as the deliciousness of the other ingredients should cancel out any objections!

INGREDIENTS

Soft hot dog roll

Peanut butter/chocolate spread

Banana

Whipped cream

Chopped walnuts

Cake sprinkles/ chocolate drops

METHOD

Spread the roll with peanut butter or chocolate spread. Add a little cream if you can keep it cool enough. Place a whole peeled banana inside and sprinkle with chopped nuts and cake sprinkles/chocolate drops.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: GATHER YE ROSEBUDS

From the Kitchen of the Good Food Angel

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This is a great novelty dessert. The most delicious food is that which we gather ourselves and every now and then I think it is important, especially for urban children, to get a taste of the wild. If you are lucky enough to be able to send your children out to pick the flowers and berries themselves, all the better. (But only if they know that some wild berries and flowers are toxic and cannot be eaten.) Or maybe you could go on a Sunday afternoon family ramble and collect the ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

Edible whole flower blossoms such as marigolds/elderflowers

Rose petals

Shredded fresh herbs such as mint, flat parsley/coriander leaf

Seasonal hedgerow berries

Sauce:

Lemon and lime zest

Honey

Orange juice

Dash of lime juice

Black pepper/nutmeg/cinnamon

METHOD

Wash and mix the whole flower blossoms, rose petals, herbs and berries. Combine sauce ingredients and dress the flowers.

TIP: If not eating straight away, stick it in the freezer and you will have a deliciously fresh, crunchy fun dessert.

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HEALTHY DESSERT RECIPES: BAKLAVA

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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This is a classic middle-eastern treat. Pick up good quality baklava at your ethnic deli, or try making your own.

INGREDIENTS

Filo pastry ( If in a hurry, use puff pastry)

Chopped almonds

Chopped dates

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Honey

METHOD

Cook the pastry. Mix all the other ingredients and layer between several layers of thin pastry. Allow to cool.

TIP: Try to get pastry with no hydrogenated oil.

TIP: Make some for next week also and keep in the fridge.





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