Whip up desserts Mediterranean-style!

Whip up desserts Mediterranean-style!

by Eunice Chua 3 weeks ago

There are people who love desserts and there are people who love Mediterranean cuisine – who says you can't have the best of both worlds? If you happen to be a fan of both, then you’re in for a treat with these mouth-watering Mediterranean diet-approved desserts! These recipes make for the perfect reason to invite some loved ones over for dinner and impress them – just don’t forget to leave some room for the sweet stuff!

 

1. Honey glazed peaches with hazelnuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup toasted and skinned hazelnuts, chopped
  • 6 firm ripe peaches

 

Instructions:

  1. Peel the peaches, slice them into half and pit them.
  2. Mix the lemon juice, sugar and salt in a bowl then toss the peaches in this mixture.
  3. Lay the peaches cut side up on a broiler-safe skillet and pour water around them.
  4. Move the oven rack to six inches from broiler element and put the skillet into the oven. Broil the peaches for about 10-15 minutes until they become slightly brown.
  5. Mix the honey and oil in a different bowl and warm it for 20 seconds in the microwave. 
  6. Remove the peaches from the oven and coat them using half the honey mixture. Return the peaches back to the oven and continue to broil for about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the peaches when done, coat with the rest of the honey mixture and move them to a different plate.
  8. Simmer the leftover juices on the skillet over medium heat for a minute, whisking constantly to make it thick. Pour this syrup over the peaches and serve.

 

2. Figs with honey and goat cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 figs, halved lengthwise
  • 45g goat cheese
  • 16 toasted walnut halves
  • 3 tbsp honey

 

Instructions:

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle position and heat to 260°C.
  2. Add a heaped half teaspoon of sugar onto each fig half and arrange on a lined baking sheet. Bake figs for about 4 minutes and transfer to serving plate.
  3. Garnish each fig half with a walnut half, drizzle with honey and serve.

 

3. Stuffed apricots with rose water and pistachios

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp rose water
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 4 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped finely
  • 24 whole dried apricots

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix the yoghurt, one teaspoon of the sugar, lemon zest, rose water and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Keep chilled in refrigerator.
  2. Add the water, cardamom pods, lemon juice, bay leaves and the rest of the sugar in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the apricots and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, transfer the apricots to a plate and let them cool.
  4. Remove the cardamom pods and bay leaves and bring the rest of the mixture to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick enough to fill about 3 tablespoons. Let it cool.
  5. Transfer the filling into a piping bag and carefully fill the apricots. Dip the exposed fillings into the chopped pistachios and transfer to a serving platter.
  6. Drizzle with syrup and serve.

 

Applying the Mediterranean approach to desserts is perhaps one of the best ways of bringing them to the next level. If you have a sweet tooth, give these desserts a chance! You don't even need to be apologetic about indulging in them; just enjoy all that healthy goodness!

 

References

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/mediterranean-diet-dessert-recipes/