Berry Sponge Tartlets

< Back to FOOD AS MEDICINE page

This is one of those recipes which you can keep in the back of your mind for when you need a quick dessert, but don’t have much in. Quickly whip up a sponge base, dollop on some crème fraîche, jam and fruit, and your family and friends will be most impressed! And as it is a heath…er dessert, you won’t come off your diet or health kick.

BLACKBERRIES improve the motor and cognitive function of the brain. Their polyphenol content provides a protective effect, whilst manganese has been proven to decrease the risk of epilepsy.

CRÈME FRAÎCHE is a good source of calcium, which is necessary for strong bones and teeth and also plays a role in the health of your heart and muscles, too. Choose the reduce fat version, as it can be high in fat.

Serves 4
2 eggs * 85g (3oz) caster sugar * 55g (2oz) self-raising flour * 30g (1oz) cornflour * ½tsp baking powder * 30g (1oz) butter * 4 tsp raspberry jam * handful of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries * 140g (5oz) reduced fat crème fraîche * 1 tsp icing sugar * 1 tsp vanilla essence

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly whisk the eggs, then add the sugar and whisk again until the mixture becomes pale and creamy. Sieve in the flour, cornflour and baking powder, folding in with a metal spoon. Grease 4 small, individual tins with the butter. Spoon in the mixture and cook for 10 minutes in the oven. Transfer to a rack to cool. Then spread a teaspoon of raspberry jam on each of the tartlets. Mix together the crème fraîche, icing sugar and vanilla essence, then spoon onto the tartlets. Arrange fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries on each tartlet. Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.

Berry Sponge Tartlets

My SUCCESSFUL LIFE BALANCE book contains practical advice to lead a balanced and healthy life – for mind, body and soul.

I have included very simple family recipes, which will provide you with nutritious food.

£15

< More recipes