Showing posts with label mint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mint. Show all posts

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Dieters' blackcurrant and mint sorbet - recipe



Something refreshing and with hardly any calories...that's my take on a dieters blackcurrant and mint sorbet...its delish and its easy to make! And with a colour like that you just have to grab a spoon and dive in.

To make my sorbet dieter friendly and bring down the calories as much as I could I used Truvia, its made by Silver Spoon from the stevia plant. Its a calorie free sweetener and you can use it in baking and cooking. You use about a third of the amount of sugar you would normally use. I used a very small amount for this recipe. The sorbet was delicious and full of flavour with a hint of mint. I can't say that Truvia tastes exactly like sugar does, as Truvia does have a sweetener taste or an edge to it, but it worked quite well in this recipe and my chief taster said he couldn't tell the difference between this and ordinary sugar.

Ingredients:
1 punnet fresh blackcurrants
2 level tsp Truvia (a zero calorie sugar alternative)
water
1 tbsp lemon juice
sprigs of fresh mint
Method:
1. Wash the blackcurrants then put them in a pan with enough water to cover them. Add to this 2 tsp of Truvia, a few fresh mint sprigs and the lemon juice.
2. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the blackcurrants have popped.
3. Remove the mint sprigs and any detached leaves.
4. Pour the cooked blackcurrants into a food processor and mix. Remove the liquid and strain through a sieve into a jug, remember to clear off the fruit pulp from under the sieve. Discard any skins etc once sieved. Let the liquid cool.
5. Once the liquid is cool transfer to an ice cream maker and churn for about 10-15 minutes until the sorbet starts to form.
6. Transfer to a freezer proof container with a lid and freeze for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

I served mine with some 0% fat free Total Greek yoghurt (the fat free split pot one with honey). Each pot has about 112 calories...I had about a third with this dessert.
It was a delicious dessert and I think my portion (almost sugar free and fat free) didn't event touch 80 calories in total.
I'm entering this gorgeous recipe in Lancashire Food's fabulous summer ices competition...you can check out more delicious ices on Linzi's blog here.
I'm also entering this recipe into Karens' Herbs on Saturday link up...more about this regular recipe challenge on her blog Lavender and Lovage.
 

N.B. My sample of Truvia was sent to me to try at home and review freely by Silver Spoon, this post is not sponsored by either brand or company and all the other ingredients I paid for.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Strawberry mallow cake - recipe

Any excuse to buy and eat British strawberries and I'm there, I can eat them by the bucket full, its the flavour and the aroma, there is nothing in this world that matches the taste of a British strawberry its in a class of its own as a fruit.

What better way to use them than in this cake a combination of my two most favourite sweet things ever, a plain sponge cake and a gooey mallowy meringue. This cake is quite easy to make, the only skill comes in baking the meringue topping so that its firm enough to handle on the outside but with a marshmallow like interior.
This recipe is such a delight, its fresh and sweet and just yummy, the perfect thing for afternoon tea or a summery dessert! This cake takes a bit of time to make but its so worth it, trust me! I have made this recipe three times now and its gone down a storm on each occasion. It's this summers seasons must bake cake.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Molten Mint Meringues - recipe

These might look a little strange but that's because its a strange challenge we are tackling here...Chele (in charge this month) over at the 'we should cocoa' camp, has come up with a green theme...(thanks Chele!) and that means to come up with something edible with chocolate AND green...together!!!

Therefore, I have been trying to dream up all kinds of concoctions, (some fairly inedible I'm sure) but eventually...that EUREKA moment!!! The Molten Mint Meringue is born...its the long lost triplet of M and M, a devilish delight, appearing pale and uninteresting on the outside but bursting with gooey, minty, chocolatey, marshmallowy, sweet lushness on the inside. Don't believe me? Check out the interior! Green enough for you Chele?



Monday, 17 October 2011

Home Made and Well Preserved - The Round Up

Well what can I say? Natures table laid out before us from this country and further afield, yes they came all the way from Fance to enter this challenge.
The brief was to blog a homemade and well preserved (in a jar) recipe, link it up to this blog and away we go.
Here are the entries and a brief description and links back to the blogs. 
My thanks to everyone who preserved/jammed/blogged/tweeted and entered such wonderful recipes. 

Double thanks from me to Steenbergs Organics who offered one lucky person up to £25 worth of  organic spices for an entry into this challenge, that I have picked at random.
Steenbergs Organics products are the perfect choice for so many preserving recipes.
The lucky chosen one is revealed at the bottom of this post.