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Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Feed off the summertime blues

Use fresh berries to get your just desserts

August 1, 2001

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Fresh blueberries are in season and their plenty suggests summery desserts light, fruity and simple.

Dessert Waffles With Spiced Blueberry Sauce is an easy idea to try, combining the waffles' crispness with creamy frozen yogurt and a spicy sauce.

Dessert Waffles With Spiced Blueberry Sauce combine crisp and
creamy textures to create a sweet summer treat.

Dessert Waffles With Spiced Blueberry Sauce combine crisp and creamy textures to create a sweet summer treat.

Blueberry-Orange Dessert Sauce is a refreshing sauce to spoon over ice cream or cut fruit; Blueberry-Pineapple Parfaits layer fruit, yogurt and granola.


Dessert Waffles With Spiced Blueberry Sauce

(Preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 7 minutes)

2 cups fresh blueberries, divided use

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

Four 4 1/2-inch fresh or frozen waffles

4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

In a small saucepan, combine half the blueberries, the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, black pepper and 1/3 cup water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in remaining blueberries; cool.

Toast waffles; place on dessert plates. Scoop frozen yogurt onto waffles; top with blueberry sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 281 cal., 6 g pro., 5 g fat, 55 g carbo.

Blueberry-Orange Dessert Sauce

(Preparation time 5 minutes)

2 cups fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries

1/3 cup light cream cheese

1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur or marmalade

In the container of a food processor or blender, combine three ingredients; whirl until smooth. Spoon over ice cream or pieces of fruit.

Makes about 2 cups.

Nutrition information per 1/4-cup serving: 49 cal., 1 g pro., 2 g fat, 6 g carbo.

Blueberry-Pineapple Parfaits

(Preparation time 10 minutes)

20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained

8-ounce container vanilla or lemon-flavored fat-free yogurt, divided use

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries

1/2 cup granola

If using frozen blueberries, drain and pat dry.

In a small bowl, combine pineapple with half of the yogurt.

Into 4 small wine or juice glasses, spoon alternate layers of pineapple mixture, blueberries and granola, repeating twice. Top each with a dollop of yogurt.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 233 cal., 4 g pro., 3 g fat, 49 g carbo.

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