Baked apples with custard

Serves: 4

Baked apple ingredients

  • 4 Granny Smith or Mt Fuji apples 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • 1 dessert spoon low-fat spread 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Custard ingredients

  • 600 mls skimmed milk 
  • 2 level tablespoons cornflour 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten a little 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Wash the apples and remove the cores 
  2. Make small slits in the apples on the top and the bottom where the core was removed 
  3. Mix together the walnuts, sultanas and cinnamon 
  4. Fill the cores with the fruit and nut mix 
  5. Pour 1 tablespoon of maple syrup inside each apple 
  6. Place the apples in a casserole dish with the water and low fat spread 
  7. Bake with the lid on for approximately 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender 
  8. Meanwhile, make the custard by heating almost all of the milk in a small saucepan 
  9. Mix the remainder of the milk with the cornflour and sugar until smooth, then stir in the beaten egg yolks 
  10. Just before the milk comes to the boil, remove from the heat and stir in the cornflour mixture 
  11. Return to the heat, stirring until the mixture boils and thickens 
  12. Simmer, and continue stirring until the custard is cooked through 
  13. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract 
  14. Pour into a jug and cover until ready to serve

Read more about the health benefits of nuts and sultanas for your liver.

Baked peach and blueberry meringues

Cooking time: 15 to 18 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 250g diced peaches, in natural juice
  • 1 cup of blueberries (thawed if using frozen)
  • 2 tablespoon almond meal
  • 1 dessert spoon sugar (extra)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C(200°C fan-forced)
  2. Combine the fruit with the almond meal and the dessert spoon of sugar
  3. Distribute the mixture among 4 ovenproof dishes(¾ cup capacity) and set aside
  4. Beat egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form
  5. Add the castor sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thick  and glossy
  6. Pile the meringue on top of the fruit mixture
  7. Bake for approximately 15 to 18 minutes, or until meringue is lightly browned.

Poached pears

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Storage: Covered in the fridge, not suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 6 pears, peeled and quartered with cores removed
  • Reduced-fat custard, or homemade with:
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) custard powder
  • 1 tablespoon (20g) castor sugar
  • 2 cups skimmed milk

Method

  1. Put the wine, water and sugar into a large saucepan and bring to the boil
  2. Lower the heat, add the pears and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally until tender
  3. Heat custard in the microwave, or make it by mixing a little milk with the custard powder and sugar to make a smooth paste, then whisking in the remaining milk
  4. Cook in the microwave for around 2 minutes, stirring after one minute
  5. Allow to stand for a few minutes to thicken
  6. Remove the pears from the heat and allow to cool in the syrup
  7. Serve warm or cold, with syrup and custard

Note: Any variety of wine is appropriate for this recipe.

Apple crumble

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Storage: Covered in the fridge, not suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Place apples, sugar and water in a saucepan, cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until softened, or microwave, covered for about 5 minutes
  3. Spoon the apple mix into an ovenproof dish
  4. Combine the honey and margarine and heat in the microwave until melted
  5. Add to the oats, flour and cinnamon and stir until combined
  6. Spread the crumble mix over the apple and bake for about 20 minutes until golden
  7. Serve hot

Read more about the health benefits of oats for your liver.

Chocolate self-saucing pudding (low fat)

Serves: 6

This recipe is not what you would call ‘healthy’, but it is low in saturated fat and kilojoules when compared to standard chocolate desserts. It makes a good alternative to rich desserts at a dinner party.

Ingredients for sponge

  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1/3 cupsugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 2/3 cup skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted

Ingredients for sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C(160°C fan forced)
  2. Put all pudding ingredients in a bowl and mix gently until combined
  3. Put the sauce ingredients into a 2 litre (8 cup) capacity ovenproof dish and stir well
  4. Pour the pudding batter gently over the sauce, in the centre of the dish (during the cooking the batter will spread out evenly)
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the pudding (not through to the sauce at the bottom)
  6. Serve with a small scoop of low-fat ice cream

Page description: Five liver-loving recipes for dessert – baked apples and custard, baked peach andblueberry meringues, poached pears, apple crumble and low fat chocolate self-saucing pudding.