Cranberry n’ Custard Minis

Fresh cranberries and  raspberry liqueur come together for a delicious syrup that tops a light  custard. Perfect for Friendsgiving,  serve in mini dessert cups to give everyone a taste,  elevate the party mood,  promote togetherness, and make a  healthier holiday.Cranberry N' Custard MinisDisclosure: I received fresh cranberries from the Cranberry Institute. I was not expected to write this post. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Nothing raises the bar on staying fit and comitted to your health goals like the holidays.  Stay calm and  motivated  by remembering my  simple mantra:

Eat what you love, but pay attention to portion sizes.

Restricting delicious holiday foods is no fun, and for some people, it creates negative feelings that  can lead to  binge eating. Eating mindfully and enjoying some of your favorite foods is a healthier option. But let’s face it, keeping portions under control is easier said than done. This time of year, I especially like to use the ‘small plate’ style of dining. If hosing a Friendsgiving event, suggest your guests bring foods that make it easy to share with the entire gang.   By encouraging everyone to get a taste of all  Friendsgivings culinary creations,  you  elevate the party mood, and guarantee  portions served start small.

IMHO nothing says Happy Friendsgiving better than fresh cranberries. Right now I want to give a HUGE shout out to the Cranberry Institute for sending me these beauties! This seasonal berry enhances the taste of a wide range of foods, is nutritious and adds a festive flair! 

That said, here’s how I put them to good use in my ‘small plates” Friendsgiving culinary creation.Cranberry N' Custard MinisThis Cranberry N’Custard mini dessert is made in  under 30 minutes, and can be done ahead of time. Cranberries and Chambord make a spectacular syrup that tops a light custard. Finished with a dollop of whipped cream,  these minis brighten your serving table, and delight  guests with seasonal taste all under 175 calories each.

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Cranberry N’Custard Minis

Cranberry and Custard Minis are a light dessert that's easy to make.
  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Chambord
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 -12 ounce can skim evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream

Instructions

To make the cranberry syrup: combine fresh cranberries, Chambord, 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing cranberries with a wooden spoon against sides of pan, until all have burst and syrup thickens.

to make custard

In a medium saucepan, combine the egg, remaining 1/2 cupsugar and cornstarch. Beat with a whisk or electric beater set on low speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. (The mixture will appear dry at first, but will become liquid as you beat it.) Place the evaporated skim milk in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat 2 minutes on high until hot to the touch (this will reduce cooking time). Whisk the milk into the egg mixture while the pan is set over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. If the mixture looks curdled, keep beating with a whisk until the lumps are incorporated into the pudding. Immediately remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool completely .Add one cup of vanilla nonfat yogurt. Can be made 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Fill mini dessert glasses three quarters full of custard. Top with cranberry syrup. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

Nutrition

  • Calories: 163kcal
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 39mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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CheeseCake Bites with Berry Coulis

Cheesecake bites with berry coulis are easy to make and fit into a healthy lifestyle! Cheesecake bites with berry coulis are mini desserts that satisfy a sweet tooth and fit into a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean shunning desserts, it means satisfying a  sweet tooth with  small portions of dessert like these cheesecake bites with berry coulis.Cheesecake bites with berry coulis are mini desserts that satisfy a sweet tooth and fit into a healthy lifestyle.
Consumers are interested in nutrition. But more often than not,  our attention is focused on  what to eat,  rather than on how much. Make no mistake:  size does matter, and changes to portion sizes  can make a BIG difference. Today we’re celebrating the Recipe Redux‘s 6th birthday and the emphasis is on portion size! Here’s our challenge:

Small Bite Desserts: In honor of our 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake or another small bite dessert than suits your fancy. Show us your small bite dessert creation.

When I eat dessert, the first bite is the most satisfying, and I experience  diminishing returns for each bite thereafter.  I’ve learned that what I really want is a small bite or taste, not a ginormous plate piled high with sweets. Small bites are not only figure friendly, but satisfying.

This past weekend I conceived some new ways to use what’s growing in my garden: cinnamon basil. Here are the results:  this delicious  sauce made with a medley of berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and red raspberries), served over  mini cheesecake bites and garnished with cinnamon basil.CheeseCake Bites with Berry Coulis are easy to make and fit into a healthy lifestyle.My small bite creation requires only 6 ingredients (besides the coulis). Why do I think this is healthy? There are primarily two reasons. 1. I  shrunk the size of the cheese cake keeping calories, sugar and fat in check. 2. Berries are good for you! Be sure to  visit the links below for more small bite dessert recipes to satisfy your desire for dessert within the  framework of  healthy lifestyle.

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Cheesecake bites are easy to make and fit into a healthy lifestyle.

CheeseCake Bites with Berry Coulis makes 2 dozen

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 24)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 24 mini vanilla wafers
  • cinnamon basil for garnish

for the berry coulis

  • 16 oz. frozen or fresh fruit medley
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup berry jam

Instructions

1. Place a mini cupcake liner in each cup of a muffin pan.

2.Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer, until fluffy.

3.Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon beating well.

4.Add egg beating well after addition.

5. Lay a mini vanilla wafter, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers.

6.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Serve with berry coulis. Garnish with cinnamon basil.

for berry coulis

add ingredients for coulis in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve warm or cool.

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