Warming winter desserts

Warming winter desserts

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Warming winter desserts

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At this time of year it is common to crave something warm and sweet, and being a foodie myself, I’ll admit I definitely get these cravings.

Here are a couple recipes to help satisfy those cravings on a cold winter evening. They are fruit based and be altered by using a variety of different fruits to suit your taste, but use the recipes below as a base for you to create your own masterpiece. Feel free to top with a little custard, light cream, or vanilla ice cream for extra indulgence, just bare in mind it does add a little extra calories.

Apple and Date Crumble (gluten free)

15 minutes preparation time, 10 minutes cooking time
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4 dried dates, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pistachio nuts
  • 1 tablespoon pepita seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 25g butter

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease two small ramekins with margarine or spray oil.

2. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil then allow the mixture to reduce slightly. Add the carrot slices to thevsaucepan and cook for thtee minutes. Add the dates and cook for a further two minutes. Divide the fruit mixture between the two dishes.

3. In a small food processor, combine the extra brown sugar, pistachio nuts, pepita seeds, almond meal and coconut. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the mixture. Divide the mixture between both ramekins and bake for 10 minutes, long enough the brown the top.

4. Serve warm (with a scoop of ice cream if you desire)

Blueberry and Date Pudding

10 minutes preparation time, 10-15 minutes cooking time
Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 fresh dates, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 50g butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup self raising flour

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease three small ramekins with margarine or spray oil.

2. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil then allow the mixture to reduce slightly. Add the dates and cook for two minutes, then add the blueberries and cook for another minute then remove from the heat. The fruit does not need to break down completely.

3. Add the butter to the warm fruit mixture and stir through until it has melted.

4. Add the egg, then self raising flour and stir until just combined. Divide the mixture into the three ramekins and bake for 10-15 minutes. The pudding should still be a little soft inside when served.