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High Taste, Low Cal Desserts with Paula Mee

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Paula Mee was in with us every Wednesday in January cooking low cal, high taste recipes. Each week was themed, week 1 she talked about breakfasts and cooked up some healthy alternatives to the typical breakfast, week 2 was lunches. Week 3 was dinners. This is the last week and Paula is rustling up some healthy dessert alternatives.

Healthy foods to include in your desserts:
1. Mango
2. Passionfruit
3. Bramley apples/Dried fruit
4. Merrangues
5. Ginger biscuits
6. Carob
7. Dark chocolate
8. Mint
9. Frozen yogurt
10. Oats/ Wholemeal flour

Paula's home made Apple Strudel with low-fat crème fraiche

Serves 4

. 8 crisp eating apples
. 1 tbsp lemon juice
. 85g sultanas
. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
. 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
. 6 sheets filo pastry
. Vegetable oil spray

1. Preheat the oven to 190oC/Gas Mark 5. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
2. Peel and core the apples and chop them into 1cm dice.
3. Toss the pieces in a bowl with the lemon juice, sultanas, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
4. Lay out a sheet of filo, spray with vegetable oil and lay a second sheet on top. Repeat with a third sheet.
5. Spread over half the apple mixture and roll up lengthways, tucking in the ends to enclose the filling.
6. Repeat to make a second strudel.
7. Slide onto a baking sheet, spray with oil and bake for 15-20 minutes.
8. Serve the strudel warm or cold, dredged with icing sugar and accompanied by low fat crème fraiche.

Easy baked amoretti pears

Serves 4
. 4 ripe pears
. 100g ricotta
. ground cinnamon
. 4 tsp clear honey (and a little drizzle for serving on each)
. 4 amoretti biscuits

Preheat the oven to 190oC. Cut each pear in half, then place them cut-side up on a large baking sheet. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the cores and make a dip in the centre of each. Dollop about one heaped teaspoon of ricotta into each dip, then sprinkle over the cinnamon and drizzle with a little honey.
2. Roast the pears in the oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the biscuits into a food bag or use a rolling pin to crush them lightly. Remove the pears from the oven, then scatter the crumbs over each pear.
3. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until the pears are soft and the biscuits are golden brown. Serve drizzled with a tiny bit of extra honey