Saturday, August 1, 2009

Blackberry and Apple Strudel ~ 2pt (not Core)

Serves: 16 individual strudels, scale up and down as needed

Difficulty: Easy


  • 500g frozen blackberries (or other berry), defrosted.
    Reserve some if doing the custard side
  • 1 can Ardmona pie apples (Or make your own dryish stewed apples)
  • 250g tub extra light ricotta (perfect Italiano)
  • 16 sheets filo
  • Few sprinkles of cinnamon
  • 4 tsp arrowroot or cornflour (optional - makes it thicker)
  • 16 tsp of raw sugar (the chunky "cafe" style granules - adds an unexpected crunch in the creaminess)
  • Spray oil
  • 50g Slivered almonds

Mix fruit, ricotta, cinnamon and thickener together to form filling
Get first sheet of filo, spray half lightly with oil, fold in half, smooth over and repeat so it's folded in quarters.
Add almost 1tsp of sugar, followed by 1/3 cup of the fruit mix.
Fold filo over topping, fold in edges, squeezing shut and roll up
Put on tray with join downwards.

Spray tops very lightly with oil
Sprinkle with a few slivers of almonds and a few sugar crystals
Bake 180*C for 15 mins until lightly brown

Caution - Filling is hot

Each filo is 2 pts

Note - the pastries should be prepared and baked without huge delay. If allowed to sit more than about half an hour, the wet filling may make the pastry soft and leak out of seams when it bakes.

The custard side:

Pour 100ml of Lite Pouring Custard into a little bowl or ramekin (I used Dairy Farmers Lite Pouring Custard)
Top with a few drained berries.
Get a teaspoon and collect about 1/8 tsp of berry juice.
Touch to side of bowl to get the lovely ring.
Can sprinkle with cinnamon

The side is an extra 1 pt each. Very impressive when entertaining

Chocolate Fudge Cake ~ 1.5pt/slice (not Core)

This is a moist, fudgy chocolate cake.
Sharon's recipe.
Sorry, no picture. It disappeared too quickly :)

Serves: 8

Difficulty: Easy

  • 3/4 cup SR flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 cup spoon-for-spoon artificial sweetener (Splenda or Equal)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 x 200g nonfat diet vanilla yoghurt
  • 3 TB apple sauce


Mix everything with a wooden spoon
Spray oil into small loaf tin
Bake at 180*C for 25-30 mins.
Serve cold

Keep left overs in fridge if you have any

Each Slice (1/8th) = 1.5 pt

Whole recipe = 11.5 pts

Apple and Orange Cakes ~ 1 pt each (not Core)

These are not Core, but they are quick and easy to make,
very yummy and are only 1 pt each.
So enjoy without guilt.

Serves: 10 cakes

Difficulty: Easy

  • 3/4 cup SR flour
  • 2/3 cup spoon-for-spoon artificial sweetener (Splenda or Equal)
  • 3TB apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • rind of one small orange, finely grated
  • 1/2 can Ardmona pie apples
  • 200g nonfat natural yoghurt (or diet vanilla), I used Jalna Fat Free Natural

Mix everything apart from apples with a wooden spoon
Spray oil into 10 1/2 cup muffin cups.
Divide mixture into the 10 holes.
Put 1 or 2 pieces of the pie apple on top of each mound of batter (you may need to cut big pieces in half)
Gently push the apple down into the batter so it is only slighly higher than the batter (try not to hit the bottom).
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake at 180*C for 25-30 mins.
Serve hot, plain or with ice cream or custard (low fat of course)

Each Cake = 1 pt

Whole recipe = 11.5 pts

Core Meatball Soup

Serves: 6

Difficulty: Easy

  • 1 x 500g quantity of 2 cm meatballs
  • 2 medium Carrots, diced (2 cup)
  • 150 g Sweet Potato, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 3 TB garlic, crushed
  • 250 g Potatoes, diced (2 cup)
  • 4 TB BeefStock Powder
  • 200 g of McKenzies Soup Mix
  • 10 cup Water
  • 1 can (400g) Diced Tomato
  • 3 TB Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 3TB tomato paste
  • 2 cup Cabbage, shredded
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Make the meatballs. If frozen, if fine to use without defrosting
Sautee onion, carrot, potato, sweet potato and garlic for 5 mins in pan sprayed with oil.
Add rest of ingredients except cabbage and simmer with lid on for 30 mins.
Take off heat, stir cabbage through.
Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving, trying to get an even number of meatballs in each bowl.

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 22 pts , or 3.5pts each serving 6