Ginger and walnut stuffed pears

Ginger and walnut stuffed pears
I love ginger and walnuts so anything using them is a hit with me. The slow cooking of the pears first ie before adding the stuffing, caramelises and intensifies the natural sugars making a deliciously sweet dessert with little added sugar. Good enough to serve for a special dinner!

Serves 8
Time to make  5 minutes plus  2 hours cooking time

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Baked apricot custards

Baked apricot custards
This is my current favourite dessert to make if people are coming for dinner or if asked to bring a pudding for a dinner out.  It is so easy,  so tasty and easily made from ingredients on hand.  You do need a set of small ramekin dishes however.  I serve them warm or cold with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and some toasted chopped almonds.  I always make double quantity as they last well in the fridge – if we let them!
Serves 6
Time to make 45 minutes


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Hot pudding on a cold day!

Apple and blueberry strudel
There is nothing nicer than hot pudding when there is snow outside (which there is!).   WIth plenty of stewed apple in the freezer (thanks to the generosity of our apple tree) and a packet of filo pastry needing to be used in the fridge, strudel was a logical choice. I tend to use filo rather than regular pastry as with filo you can control how much fat is in the dish – the fat comes from the butter/oil brushed between layers rather than being present in the pastry itself (as with regular pastry).
Regular apple pie can have around 30 – 40g fat per slice while this strudel has no more than 5g fat per serve. You can have the same sized portion for way less kilojoules and fat.  And it tastes just as delicious!
Blueberries are an optional extra which as well as boosting flavour contribute valuable antioxidants for the brain.
Serve with yoghurt cream instead of regular cream and you have a dessert that wins on all counts!
Serves 6-8
Time to prepare 45 minutes

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