|Apricot Poached Pears
|2 medium pears
1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup white wine
1/8 cup sugar
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 cinnamon stick
1/4 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Peel and core the pears, leaving the
stems intact. Combine the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water in
a bowl. Dip the pears in the bowl. Combine the wine, sugar,
apricots, orange peel, cinnamon and remaining water in a deep 2
quart baking dish. Arrange the pears, stem end up, in the dish.
Bake, covered, for 1 hour or until tender, adding more water if
necessary. Let cool in the cooking liquid. Remove to individual
dessert dishes, using a slotted spoon. Discard the cinnamon.
Pour the cooking liquid into a blender jar or food processor
bowl. Process until smooth and thick. Spoon over the pears. Top
with the almonds. Makes 2 servings.
|Pineapple Mousse with Bananas
2 ripe bananas, smashed
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 15 ounce can pineapple
packet powdered gelatin
2 egg whites
and cottage cheese. Blend until smooth. Drain pineapple,
reserving the juice. Add to the banana mixture. Blend until
smooth. In a small bowl, add gelatin to 4 tablespoons of
reserved pineapple juice. Heat until gelatin is dissolved and
add to fruit mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until
they hold soft peaks. Fold them into the fruit mixture. Tip the
mouse into a glass bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until set.
Serve with sliced bananas and pineapple. Makes 2 servings.
|Vanilla Almond Cookies
4 egg whites
8 tablespoons powdered skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon sugar or 1 teaspoon (4 packets) sugar substitute
sliced strawberries for garnish
|Beat egg whites
until stiff. Add skim milk powder. Mix well. Add extracts and
sweetener. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking oil.
Spoondrop onto cookie sheet. Bake at 275°F for 45 minutes.
Remove from sheet and dust with cinnamon. Serve with sliced
strawberries. Makes 2 servings.
Note: This is a fun recipe to play around with different
extracts on hand. Substitute the almond extract with mint or
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