For dessert, Michelle shared her favourite recipe of Plum Kuchen at the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream (not low fat for this recipe)
- 5 large plums, halved, pitted, each cut into 8 wedges
June is strawberry season. Michelle shared a dessert made with strawberry just in time for the season.
This Strawberries with Orange Ricotta Cream is a breeze to make and is a great way to serve up summer berries.
- 1 cup of strawberries provides 150% of your Vitamin C.
- 1 cup contains 3 grams of fiber
- contains potassium and folate important for bone density
- may protect against cancers
REMEMBER: always wash your berries well.
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups quartered strawberries
Source: from Cooking Light
Makes 4+ servings
For dessert, Michelle prepared a Raspberry Rose Water Sorbet for the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
You can substitute the raspberry with strawberry.
- 2 pints fresh raspberries, or 24 ounces frozen, unsweetened raspberries, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups simple syrup, or to taste
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rose water
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
Source: Celebrate! by Sheila Lukins
Makes 4 cups
Michelle shared her mon’s Fruit Pizza recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
This recipe is a great way to encourage kids to get involved in the food preparation as they can help to decorate it. Michelle’s kids have lots of fun doing it.
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 8oz cream cheese (light or regular), room temperature
- 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For dessert, Michelle prepared a favourite of her household, a Decadent Chocolate Pudding.
For this recipe, Michelle used dark, dutched cocoa like Cocoa Camino for its health benefit which include reducing risk of heart problems.
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cocoa (dutch processed)
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 cups milk (we used 2% milk, any should work)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (the good ones!)
Source: South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club
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Michelle harvested some apples from her apple tree and Chris also brought some apples to share at the South Arm Cooking Club Seniors. Michelle came up with this simple apple pie recipe with a twist, i.e. using cardamon instead of cinnamon which is usually associated with apple pie.
Apple is the original superfood which is rich in phytochemicals which have health benefits to cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, weight management and bone health. There goes the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Michelle served this Impossible Cardamom Apple Pie with some homemade vanilla ice-cream.
- 3 to 4 apples
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamon (or cinnamon)
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup unbleached flour
Tips: use freshly grind cardamon for a more pronounce flavour
Minoo prepared a rhubarb dessert in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen since rhubarb is in season in June.
This rhubarb dessert is creamy and a little tangy. A refreshing dessert.
- 3 cups chopped rhubarb plus 2 tablespoons water if using fresh rhubarb
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, optional
- 1 cup whipping cream
- fresh strawberries or raspberries for garnish, optional
Source: via Minoo
Minoo shared a Filipino Cassava Cake recipe for dessert at the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.
This recipe uses frozen grated cassava. The grated cassava is from the root of a woody shrub. Cassava is a major source of carbohydrates. When dried to a starchy, powdery form, it is called tapioca.
Coconut string is the flesh of young coconut. You can buy the above coconut string from stores that carry Filipino products like Great One Supermarket, 99 cent Dollar Store, Wah Shang Supermarket, etc.
- 4 cups grated cassava (from 2 packets of 454g)
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 small can (380g) condensed milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup sugar; omit this if using coconut string (Makapuno)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 jar (340g) coconut string, divided
Source: via Minoo