Day 5 on the Christmas countdown and today I have some lighter puddings for you as I know some either don’t like or can’t eat a Christmas Pudding…
I always make a Fresh fruit salad and anything goes in whatever is in season and I have some lovely choice of some lovely exotic fruits to choose from here but wherever you live check out your fruit section and I am sure you will find something exotic there and you only need one if it is a dragon fruit or something which can be expensive but they are quite big so only one would be required the only fruit I don’t use and not because I don’t like it but just because the texture isn’t right for a fruit salad is the banana but you could always make a lovely banan split and that would be a lovely alternative to a rich, Christmas pudding wouldn’t it?
The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.
The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.
Sometimes I also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.
This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemongrass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.
Maybe even a touch of chilli???
Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds?? Just sprinkled over the top of your serving???
If I use a soft fruit like melon, mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.
And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???
To jazz it up a bit put your salad into a hollowed out pineapple skin… and make like a little boat…
You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime
juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it…
Ice cream there are now so many flavours to choose from or make your own or add some chilli to the chocolate ice cream or as my hubby prefers just a good old fashioned custard.
Serve it with your porridge oats or other cereal with natural yoghurt… the possibilities are endless… Have fun when you make one and try different fruits.
Now as you know I get bananas by the cartload here and as it’s Christmas then treat yourself just split a banana and create a culinary masterpiece… Ice cream of your choice and why not mix the flavours, some whipped cream or mascarpone and a sauce, chocolate, salted caramel or my favourite a lovely raspberry coulis… Maybe some little marshmallows or some pieces of meringue…Go wild and have fun!
Christmas comes but once a year!
How about a lovely whole baked apple…I remember my dear mummy making these and I used to love them… In fact, I haven’t had one for years…
Just stuff with some dried fruits, sultanas or chopped apricots maybe a little of the sweet mincemeat? Add some cinnamon or mixed spice… Drizzle with some maple syrup or golden syrup and bake until the apple is soft and the juices are running…A lovely light pudding after your Christmas meal…
Just some baked figs with some cheese also make a lovely lighter pudding so many dishes you can make..A pannacotta with fresh fruit?
What dessert do you make for after your Christmas meal?
I love creme brulee or fruit salad…I also love a small piece of Christmas pudding but normally save that for later when my lunch has gone down.
Until tomorrow for more Christmas recipes and ideas…xxx