Seasonal Fruit Dessert for your next House Party!!!
Winter and party season might be a time for comfort food, yet there are plenty of ways for people who are looking to celebrate and party through festivities in much healthier way.
We’ve found the ultimate winter recipe which will allow you to enjoy seasonal fruits along with getting the much-needed vitamins which will help to keep those pesky winter colds at bay.
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of seasonal fruits which are in-season during December, January, and February. Even out-of-season fruits can be enjoyed like: canned, dried, juiced or frozen.
Plums, dates, grapefruit, kiwis, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, pears, pomegranates and tangerines all are featured on the list of in season fruits and vegetables in the winter. And there are plenty of great festive deserts which you can whip up in no time at all.
Let’s check out one of the most quirky recipe of all
Winter Fruit Salad with Brandy Snaps
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Suitable for vegetarians
If you’re planning on hosting an event with more than six people, or are preparing dessert to bring to a buffet, the recipe can easily be multiplied. And in the unlikely event that there are any brandy snaps left over, keeping them fresh is easy. Simply place them in an airtight container. The brandy snaps can be enjoyed alone – or pair them with your favourite ice cream.
For the Brandy snaps you’ll need:
- 60g of butter for the recipe and a little extra for greasing the baking trays
- 2 tablespoons of fine caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup – always make sure the golden syrup is at room temperature before adding to a recipe
- 4 large tablespoons of plain flour
- 1-2 tablespoons of brandy – for even more spice you can always opt for the flavoured variety of brandy
- 2 tablespoons of chopped pistachios
- 2 tablespoons of ginger (optional)
And for the fruit salad you’ll need:
- Juice from one orange
- Juice from one lime
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 mango cut up into dice-sized cubes
- 4 Clementine oranges peeled and separated into segments
- The seeds of one pomegranate
- 6 gooseberries
You’ll also need two baking trays, a saucepan, a palette knife, a rolling pin, and a large bowl.
Don’t worry if some of your ingredients come frozen or from a can – gone are the old days where preserved fruits came with the telltale signs of their unnaturally extended shelf life. Generally, fruit is preserved shortly after harvest, so all of those minerals and vitamins which you depend on to keep you fit and healthy are preserved. However, there are a fair few preservatives which you may have to look out for which have been proven to be not so healthy. Make sure you’re well informed of the health risks of the 22 additives and preservatives which you really should avoid.
Method for the Brandy Snaps
- Before you get started preparing your ingredients, make sure your oven is preheated and piping hot at gas mark two or 150C/300F.
- Grease two baking trays with the extra butter which you have set aside.
- Get started on the brandy snaps first. Melt the butter with the golden syrup and caster sugar in a saucepan. Keep on the heat until the mix starts to bubble. Then you’ll know it is time to add the flour, brandy, ginger, and chopped pistachios. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Once you’re happy with the consistency take the mix off the heat, take a teaspoon and scoop walnut-sized blobs of the mixture onto the pre-greased baking trays. There’s no need to flatten the blobs, save yourself the time as they will spread naturally when placed into the oven.
- Leave the brandy snaps to bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are solidified and golden brown.
- After you’re happy with how your brandy snaps look remove them from the baking tray and leave to cool for five minutes.
- After they have slightly cooled the brandy snaps will still be malleable, so, it’s time to make them take their shape which makes them the perfect pairing with a fruit salad. Carefully lift the brandy snaps off the baking tray by using a blunt palette knife. As long as the baking tray was sufficiently greased, they should be easy to lift. Take your rolling pin, or any other rounded object which will help you set the shape and mould the brandy snaps.
Method for the Fruit Salad
Preparing the fruit salad takes no time at all. So, make sure you leave making the fruit salad until last to ensure that you and your guests enjoy a fresh festive fruit salad. For the fruits which need to be juiced, you may find it easy to use an electronic juicer – however, squeezing by hand should also do the trick.
- Juice the orange, lime, and lemons and pour the juice into a large bowl.
- Cube the mangos, segment the Clementine oranges and add them into the fruit salad with the pomegranate seeds to be added last.
- Make sure all ingredients are evenly distributed in the mix – and you’re ready to serve along with your brandy snaps, leave the gooseberries as a side serving to be enjoyed separately.
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