Festive Wild Blueberry Clafouti with Lemon Ice Cream
Posted Dec 26 2009 9:20am
Dessert on a healthy eating site? Blasphemy! How dare I introduce desserts and vegetables on the same platform?
Well, that’s because I enjoy eating vegetables a lot and wild horses could not keep me away from a good dessert!
Desserts are not healthy by nature because of the white sugar, large amount of butter and whipped cream, but there are ways of introducing goodness in your desserts and Chef Chris McDonald has shown here that’s possible.
I also think that having dessert once in a while is important to satisfy the child in all of us. The easiest way to approach dessert is to remember to keep it to about 10% of your weekly intake. In my case, I simply have dessert on Saturday or Sunday. If I know I have a few events to attend during the week where delicious desserts will be served, I simply skip my weekend dessert treat.
Since I love wild blueberries so much, I’m quite partial to trying out new dishes with wild blueberries. The idea of combining wild blueberries with a traditional French clafouti and THEN adding a lemon ice cream almost made me cry with happiness and I surely hope you’ll feel the same way to when you try this succulent recipe from Chef Chris McDonald.
>>> The goodness of wild blueberries!
“Wild blueberries are one of the original Superfoods, and are a staple in my diet,” said Dr. Steven Pratt, M.D., senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California , world-renowned nutrition authority and author of the best-selling SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life books. “Eating a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables will help you fight oxidation and inflammation, two conditions related to many diseases of aging. Frozen produce, like wild blueberries, is a great option if you are looking to fill your pantry with healthy foods. I use frozen wild blueberries almost every day making sure to get these super-berries into my diet for a boost of berry nutrition.”
In the spectrum of healthy fruits, wild blueberries stand out – for their delicious taste, small size and big health benefits. With more antioxidant capacity per serving than most other fruits, frozen wild blueberries have more of what it takes to combat disease and promote healthy aging (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2004; 52: 4026-4037).
>>> Did you know? Just a ½ cup of frozen wild blueberries satisfies one fruit serving and is a good source of dietary fibre.
Festive Wild Blueberry Clafouti with Lemon Ice Cream by Chef Chris McDonald
Serves 4 to 6
1 cup frozen wild blueberries (thawed and patted dry)
250g (8oz) quark
1 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp whipping cream
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 egg yolks
3 egg whites
Lemon ice cream
1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
2. Butter and sugar 4 to 6 individual ramekins.
3. Line with a single layer of wild blueberries.
4. With a mixer or in a food processor or blender, combine quark, icing sugar, cornstarch, whipping cream, lemon juice, lemon peel and egg yolks.
5. Whip egg whites until light and gently fold into cheese mixture.
6. Spread soufflé mixture over the berries.
7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed, browned and set. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately with a scoop of lemon ice cream.
> Recipe courtesy of Chef Chris McDonald at www.cavarestaurant.ca in Toronto.
> Wild blueberries are great when they are in season, but for the rest of the year, frozen wild blueberries work wonders. Wild blueberries keep their nutritional qualities for up to 2 years so frozen are just as good as fresh. They are amazing to cook with because they keep their shape (they have thicker skin, where all the antioxidants are) and don’t bleed into food as cultivated ones do. You’ll find more information here on: www.wildblueberries.com.
>>> If you’ve not had a chance to read my post on wild blueberries, you can catch it here:
Wild blueberries are very high in antioxidant power!
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