3 Winter Dessert Recipes That Won't Break Your Diet ...

When the winter comes, so does the craving for comfort foods – stews, pies, soups, breads – and desserts, of course! I’ve always found that denying myself makes me want to pig out even more – and everyone’s resistance breaks at some point! So here are my favorite winter dessert recipes that aren’t quite so bad, and that won't break your diet.

1. Mud Pie Torte

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This is a great recipe from an old Readers’ Digest magazine that my grandma kept. She loved the recipe, and adapted her own version – it’s delicious! Here’s how to make it:

Serves 10.
Ready in an hour.

Ingredients:
250g Bourbon biscuits (buy pre-crushed ones if you can!)
100g of melted butter – unsalted
120g 70% cocoa dark chocolate
120g diced butter – unsalted
4 large eggs
140ml of double cream

For the topping:
200ml of whipping cream
Vanilla bean paste (3/4 drops)
2 tablespoons of icing sugar

**Method: **

1. Crush the Biscuits into Crumbs. There Are Plenty of Ways to do This, but Whisking Them is Probably Easiest

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2. Pour the Biscuit Crumbs into the Melted Butter and Stir Together

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3. Grease a 23cm Spring Clip Tin, and Pour the Mixture in. Put in the Fridge to Chill

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4. Turn Your Oven on, and up to around 180 Degrees C, or Gas Mark 4

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5. Melt the Dark Chocolate, and Mix in the Diced Butter. It Might Be Easiest to do This in the Microwave, but for Great Taste, Use a Bowl over Simmering Water

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6. Once the Chocolate and Butter Have Melted, Remove from Heat and Allow to Cool

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7. Get a New Bowl and Add the Eggs and Sugar. Whisk until the Volume Thickens, and Add the Cream. Fold in the Melted Chocolate and Mix Well

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8. Pour That Mixture over the Biscuit Base You Made Earlier. Put the Whole Lot in the over for around 30 – 35 Minutes, until It’s Firm, and Leave to Cool inside the Tin

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9. Whisk Together the Topping Ingredients until They Make a Soft but Firm Mixture That Can Form Soft Peaks

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10. Use This Mixture to Create Soft Dollops on Top of the Tart, and Sprinkle Grated Dark Chocolate over the Top

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Slice it up into 12 or 14 slices straight away, and enjoy!

2. Cinnamon and Custard Tarts

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These delicious treats are easy and quick to make, requiring just four ingredients and 20 minutes. They make a great after-dinner treat, too! I got the basic Tart recipe from Taste.com a few years ago, and have edited it to make these delicious treats. The cinnamon will make your house smell divine!

Makes 8.

Ingredients:
1 sheet of ready-rolled shortcut pastry, around 25x25cm
160ml of vanilla custard – go for the thickest you can find.
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

You’ll also need an oil spray for greasing.

Method:

1. Preheat Your Oven to 200 Degrees C

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2. Grease 30ml Mini Muffin Pans with the Oil Spray, Making Sure You Get Everywhere

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3. Lie the Pastry out, and Use 9cm Dough Cutters to Cut 8 Discs

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4. Lie These 8 Discs into the Greased Muffin Pans, and Use a Fork to Prick Them before Cooking

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5. After 8 – 10 Minutes in the Oven, the Pastry Should Be Golden and Crisp. Take It out, and Let It Cool for around 10 Minutes

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6. Take Spoonfuls of the Custard and Fill the Pastry Cases. Try to Distribute It Evenly – the Biggest Ones Always Go First!

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7. Sprinkle Some Cinnamon over the Custard Just before Serving

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3. Chocolate Macadamia Rum Tart

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Another Taste recipe, this one is just divine. I’ve never tasted anything so decadent! The recipe is supposed to make 8 servings, but I’ve got double that out of my tarts, and never felt short-changed. This is one of the ultimate winter dessert recipes – it’s perfect for Christmas!

50 minutes prep time.

Ingredients:
200g honey biscuits
110g macadamia nuts
80g of butter, melted and cooled – unsalted works best
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
300ml cream – the thicker the better
300g dark cooking chocolate
2 tablespoons of rum
2 tablespoons of water
80g of chopped macadamia nuts for decorating
55g of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
A carton of double cream

Method:

1. Grease a Tart Tin with Butter. I’ve Found 34 X 11cm Trays to Be the Best, but You Can Make This Tart in Almost Any Size Tray

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2. Line a Baking Tray with Baking Paper

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3. Crush the Honey Biscuits until They Become Crumbs. I’ve Always Found the Food Processor the Easiest Way to do This, but Feel Free to do It Manually Too!

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4. Add the Macadamia Nuts, Butter and Cinnamon into the Biscuits, and Stir Well until the Mixture Becomes Firm

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5. Use This Thick Mixture to Line the Tin. Press It into the Sides and Floor before Putting the Tray into the Freezer for 20 Minutes

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6. Add Cream, Chocolate and Rum to a Saucepan, and Simmer This for 5 to 10 Minutes until the Chocolate Melts and the Mixture is Completely Smooth. Allow to Cool for Ten Minutes

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7. Pour the Cream Mixture over the Biscuit Base, and Put the Base Back into the Fridge for 7 Hours or so. the Filling Needs to Be Very Firm before You Remove It

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8. Add Water and Sugar to a Saucepan, and Heat on Low Again until the Sugar Dissolves. when the Sugar Syrup Begins to Thicken, Add the Extra Macadamia Nuts and Vanilla, and Mix of 5 Minutes until the Syrup Turns White

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9. Spread the Mixture over the Lined Baking Tray and Put out of the Way for 40 Minutes until It’s Set. Break It into Small Pieces

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10. Use These Pieces to Decorate the Tart

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If you can’t eat such a big tart at once, you can freeze it in an airtight container for 2 months, and thaw in the fridge.

These winter dessert recipes have got me wanting some comfort food. There’s nothing better than a delicious dessert you created yourself! Don’t be afraid to try adding new ingredients and flavors, and let me know what works and what doesn’t – and don’t forget to tell me what your favorite winter dessert is, too.

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