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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Pineapple Jelly Dessert

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Finding a dessert during the holidays that is diabetic friendly and good for those who are slimming can be a real challenge.  I think I have come up with the perfect solution.  It is diet friendly, light, sugar free and it actually tastes delicious.  It will never quite replace cake or pie . . .  but it's nice nevertheless.

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 Not only that, but it's very easy to do, and I am betting you have everything in your cupboard right now to make it.  You only need to let the jelly set for several hours or overnight, but the actual putting together of it, is relatively simple and quite quickly done.

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You start with a tin of pineapple slices in juice,  and some sugar free jelly powder.  (Jello)   You pick the flavour you want.  I used strawberry, but lemon lime would be great.   The well drained slices are layered in the empty pineapple tin with the jelly which is mixed at double strength, meaning you only use half the water required.  You then just stick it in the refrigerator until it's totally jelled.

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Like that.  Then you heat the can gently to loosen it and remove the bottom lid of the tin and push it out onto a cutting board.

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See what I mean?  Then you tip it onto it's side and using a very sharp knife . . .

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Slice in between the pineapple rings seperating them totally.  You then just put them onto a pretty plate.

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Stick half a maraschino cherry on top (well rinsed).  I used Greek ones.  Yummy.  Surround with some green tinted unsweetened coconut which you have added a drop of peppermint flavour to and Bob's your Uncle!

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A dollop of plain yogurt or some whipped cream (if you are feeling a tiny bit indulgent) and dessert is served!  It's attractive.  Low in fat and sugar.  And it tastes pretty good! No need to feel guilty.  Everybody's happy and I bet the kids will be fighting over it.  More mince pies for you!

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*Pineapple Jelly Dessert*
Servings numbers vary

This is a simple and tasty dessert for the people in your life who can't do sugar or are just wanting something light to enjoy after a heavy meal.  Kids also love this. 

1 (4-serving size) package of sugar free jelly(jello)
(Choose your favourite one)
425g tin of sliced pineapple in pineapple juice, well drained (14 1/2 ounce tin)
75g of flaked unsweetened coconut (1 cup)
maraschino cherries, rinsed and cut in half crosswise
drop of green colouring
drop of peppermint essence
plain yogurt or softly whipped cream to serve 


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This is so simple to do.  The day before you want to serve this, drain your pineapple slices really well and lay them out onto paper toweling to absorb any extra moisture.  Make sure you keep the tin.  Mix your jelly powder with 225ml/1 cup of boiling water.  (You will have more than you need, but it's okay)   Pour a bit of jelly into the pineapple tin.  Add a pineapple slice.  Add some more jelly, another pineapple slice, etc.  continuing until you have returned all of the pineapple to the tin and topping up with a bit of jelly at the top.  You can discard the leftover jelly or add an equal measure of cold water, stir and chill as extra jelly.  Put the tin of pineapple and jelly into the refrigerator and chill overnight.

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When you are ready to serve, shake the coconut in a jar along with the green colouring and peppermint, to evenly colour.   Set the tin of pineapple in a bowl of very hot water to almost come up the sides.  Run a blunt knife carefully around the inside of the tin to loosen.  Tip the jelly out onto a cutting board.  If it doesn't come out easily, remove the base with a tin opener and push it out gently.   Slice in between the pineapple rings and place one onto each serving dish.  Garnish with some of the green coconut and place half a cherry in the centre of each.  Serve with plain yogurt or whipped cream.  Surprisingly tasty!


5 comments:

  1. We have very llimited flavours of jelly over here Monique. Back home I would have used a peach, orange or lime even, but I had only black currant or strawberry to choose from in the sugar free. It tastes good and is a bit of a treat! xoxo

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  2. It feels like a story time!

    Once upon a time in a far-far away northern kingdom there was a girl who likes to cook. But since her mom was a one lousy housewife, girl had to seek for kitchen knowledge all over the world with her magical book-like device and a shallow english-speaking skills. Eventually she stumbled upon a marvellous library of receipts and know-hows, which was kept by a smart and proficient fairy, and started to learn from her notes ever since. As time went by, girl started to develop quite a strong friendly feeling for a fairy library keeper, which was fairly odd, considering it was a oneway communication. Anyhow one day as she entered the library she heard very disturbing news: the wise fairy appears to be sick. What a heavy revelation indeed. After few days the girl still couldn`t help herself but thinking about a suddenness of the diagnosis. To end up with all the worries she decided to check herself with healers to be sure her lifestyle won`t lead her to the similar disease.The girl`s roommate was supportive (and curious!) enough to run through medical check ups with her. So two yongsters encouraged each other, took all the tests and soon the results came. The girl seem to be all right, but her roommate appeared to be in a serious risk. With some friendly caring and a sensible humour those two are now learning about healthy lifestyle and minor habits, which can make some major differences.

    So.. the fairy from the rainy island improved at least two lives of a complete strangers, without even realising it.

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    1. I love that fairy story Zinc Oxide! Thanks for sharing! I really, really enjoyed it and I am glad that I have been able to help someone however far away! xoxo

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  3. It feels like a story time!

    Once upon a time in a far-far away northern kingdom there was a girl who likes to cook. But since her mom was a one lousy housewife, girl had to seek for kitchen knowledge all over the world with her magical book-like device and a shallow english-speaking skills. Eventually she stumbled upon a marvellous library of receipts and know-hows, which was kept by a smart and proficient fairy, and started to learn from her notes ever since. As time went by, girl started to develop quite a strong friendly feeling for a fairy library keeper, which was fairly odd, considering it was a oneway communication. Anyhow one day as she entered the library she heard very disturbing news: the wise fairy appears to be sick. What a heavy revelation indeed. After few days the girl still couldn`t help herself but thinking about a suddenness of the diagnosis. To end up with all the worries she decided to check herself with healers to be sure her lifestyle won`t lead her to the similar disease.The girl`s roommate was supportive (and curious!) enough to run through medical check ups with her. So two yongsters encouraged each other, took all the tests and soon the results came. The girl seem to be all right, but her roommate appeared to be in a serious risk. With some friendly caring and a sensible humour those two are now learning about healthy lifestyle and minor habits, which can make some major differences.

    So.. the fairy from the rainy island improved at least two lives of a complete strangers, without even realising it.

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