Remember, desserts are supposed to be a treat, not a death ticket to the dinner party. So often we feel fine at the start of a meal, but by the time we finish dessert we can’t wait to jump in our car and go home to vegetate away the bloated state. Imagine how that makes your dinner party host feel after all the work they put into entertaining you. Don’t be that host.
Desserts that can be deeply enjoyed without making the eater feel like he/she needs a trip to the stomach pumping station, on the other hand, are true gestures of sweet love and add more life to the party.
Pear tarts or apple tarts are often made with frangipane and they are none other than totally delicious. Frangipane, however, is made by beating together butter, sugar, eggs, and ground almonds until fluffy. Who needs all that cr@#? The almond meal nourishes us, the rest can go.
Here is a delicious way to add substance to our baked fruit packets without compromising the healthy integrity of this dessert.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Put fruit in center of parchment paper.
- Top with any optional add-ins.
- Fold parchment paper over itself and tie at sides.
- Put bundles on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- Serve each packet on a plate à la mode.