Friday, March 8, 2013

A Sweet Treat and a Stroll in the Orchard

   Hand in hand, they strolled deeper into the orchard. Apple, peach, cherry, and pear trees stood in haphazard arrangement, dotting the landscape like fruit-laden scarecrows, their odd-shaped branches silhouetted against the moonlit skies. Anne breathed in the sweet fragrance that filled the night air.

   She saw both hope and hesitation in George's dark eyes as his gaze searched hers. She tried to look away, fearing that he might too easily see her true feelings, but she could not. She was not asking George to break his vow. Only to love her. Only tonight. 

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've stopped by as part of the "Just Desserts" blog hop. It's a perfect hop for those of us who love "sweet" romances. tell the truth, I'm not a desserts lover. Nope. I don't drool over chocolates, and the mere thought of sugary cookies, cakes, and candies makes me cringe. When it comes to desserts, for me, only one thing will do.

Fruits. Fresh delicious fruits. Tasty, mouth-watering, delectable, healthy, wonderful fruits! Fruits are good for us -- a claim most desserts can't make -- and the truth is, most people don't eat enough fresh fruit. Nutritional guidelines suggest we have five servings a day.

Here's one delicious way of getting those five servings with a scrumptious fruit compote dessert:


1/2 medium lemon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
2 cups sliced peeled apples
2 cups sliced peeled peaches
1 cup sliced peeled pears
1/3 cup apricot spreadable fruit
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup seedless red grapes
7 tablespoons vanilla yogurt


Cut two 1-in.-long strips from lemon peel. Squeeze juice from lemon. In a large saucepan, combine the water, honey, lemon juice and lemon peel strips. Add the apples, peaches and pears. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until fruit is softened.

Remove from the heat; discard lemon peel. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fruit to a large bowl; discard poaching liquid. Stir in spreadable fruit, strawberries and grapes. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Top each serving with yogurt. 

Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (3/4 cup fruit mixture with 1 tablespoon yogurt) equals 166 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein. 

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  1. Thanks for the recipe, Christina! It sounds yummy!

    My favorite fruit is strawberries.

  2. Thank you Christina for sharing something healthy. I love all the rich chocolate deserts, but need to watch my sugar. This sounds like an awesome chilling dessert. Then again, the extra fruit would go great in some red wine.

  3. Nice recipe! My favorite fruit is persimmon- yum!

  4. Any kind of berry, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries,Blackberries

  5. I love bananas! They are such a versatile fruit!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  6. Even though I love sweets, I have to say that I probably would bypass a sweet treat for something like your fruit compote!


  7. Watermelon is probably my favorite fruit. I love fruit, though, so there are very few that I don't like.

  8. That sounds really yummy! The book sounds really awesome too !

    MinDaf @

  9. This dessert sounds very tasty and healthy too. Thanks!

  10. My favorite berries are raspberries, but I also love blueberries. Oh, heck. I love 'em all! Thanks for the healthy alternative to all those cheesecakes!

  11. Thanks for sharing the healthier diversion to all the sweets