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summer berry skinnifreddoIt’s summer time and, for some, it is bikini weather. But before one packs that tiny Easyjet-sanctioned bag full of minuscule bathing suits and not much else, some yearly rituals to attend to.

Summer Ritual Checklist

(as dictated by fashion/women’s magazines)

At least two months’ worth of eating salads and not much else: check.

Daily litres of cleansing, cellulite busting water. Green tea, if you are feeling fancy: check.

Crossfit/PX90/Zumba/parkour as if your life depended on it: you betcha.

Scaly Winter body: buffed, waxed and sprayed.

Healthy, cooling frozen desserts cos you deserve it: um, hang on a sec.

summer berry skinnifreddoAt this time of year Mars ice cream bars and Hagen Daz tubs jostle for space with the so-called healthy frozen desserts. Contains real fruit puree! Low-fat mocha ice dessert – with real chocolate pieces! Raspberry-swirl frozen yogurt parfait!

Don’t they sound go-od?

But look at the label. Just look at it. Ugh huh? Gums, seaweed thingies (carrageenan), some chemistry class stuff. But hey, it’s low calorie and, if I close my eyes and think of Ryan Gosling, I may even enjoy it. 🙂

Some such iced confections have a skewed idea of what is healthy. No fat, no gluten, no dairy but loads of sugar and weird sub-food ingredients. Don’t think so. Some others (but very few) are very healthy but sound and taste rather joyless. Pass me a juicy peach instead please.

Now, what if you could make something in the comfort of your own home – in your bikini, if you so desire – that is not only gloriously healthy, for a frozen dessert*, but tastes flipping awesome?

(*not as healthy as grazing on kale. Or eating an apple. Just saying.)

And what if I pinky promised that it was almost as good as one of the most calorific frozen desserts I can think of, the semifreddo? Well, wouldn’t you just want to know what that might be?

This is my iteration of a beautiful frozen treat I found in Zest For Life, a Mediterranean healthy cookbook by Connor Middelmann-Whitney and reviewed in this post (along with a recipe I use all the time). Considering the simple ingredients my take is quite different, so do have a look at her book for the original recipe. My one below has taken a southern turn to Turkey – by way of Scotland. If you can get your head around that one.

I have tried this out on numerous cancer nutrition classes and other groups, with approval in the form of empty plates and no leftovers. I hope that’s a good enough recommendation for you. :-). And no, no one wore a bikini. But you could.

summer berry skinnifreddo

Rose and Summer Berry Skinnifreddo – A Frozen Turkish Delight!

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 20 minutes plus 2 hours freezing time
  • Difficulty: easy
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Adapted from Zest for Life by Connor Middelmann Whitney

The title is my wordplay on the much more calorific, well-known Italian semi-frozen dessert. semifreddo.

If you don’t fancy – or don’t have – the rose water, just leave it out. It will still be delightfully and refreshingly delicious. As for the bananas, I don’t always bother using frozen as the iced berries do the job of thickening the lot just fine. But use frozen bananas if you already have them stashed in the freezer. They cut easily enough from frozen. Also, if your fruit is sweet enough, of course forgo the maple syrup, but it does lend a little something special.

1 ½ medium bananas (about 180g) roughly chopped – frozen if you like

400g frozen blueberries

100g frozen raspberries

200g Greek yogurt, or thickened non-dairy yogurt  – 0%, low fat or full-fat

1 tbsp maple syrup OR date syrup (more to taste)

¼ tsp rosewater

Lemon juice, just a wee squeeze

Fruit for serving

What you need: sturdy food processor or blender; clingfilm; loaf tin

Blend one banana, the blueberries and about three-quarters of the yogurt (just eyeball it) with ½ tbsp maple/date syrup and all of the rosewater. Scrape down the sides as needed. You will have to do this a couple of times at first but it quickly smooths out. Spread half the mixture onto a flat piece of clingfilm, shaping it roughly to the dimensions of the tin. Lift the clingfilm and place into the tin. Doing it this way rather than lining the tin with the clingfilm makes sure that there are very few wrinkles when you upend it for serving.

Rinse the food processor or blender and add the raspberries, the remaining yogurt, banana and maple/date syrup, plus the lemon juice. Dollop the raspberries onto the blueberry mixture

Smooth on the remaining blueberry mixture over top, cover with overhanging clingfilm, and freeze for an hour or two. You can freeze for a couple of days but any longer and the quality deteriorates.summer berry skinnifreddo

Remove the clingfilm and upend onto a serving dish. Decorate with berries and slice into serving pieces. Depending on the warmth of the day, you may wish to let the skinnifreddo sit for a short while before cutting.

Note: I’ve done it as all raspberry and although it tasted a.ma.zing, too many pips for our liking. This is my very happy compromise.

PS it looks a little ‘wonky’ but that’s because I was attempting to marble it but didn’t in the end do so. Yours will be prettier, 🙂

summer berry skinnifreddo

Miss R’s Track of the Week: Trouble from Bitter:Sweet – sexy, skinnifreddo eating music

I am sending this fruity frozen sweet over to The Spicy Pear, Eat Your Veg and Delicieux for June’s Four Season’s Food, with Red as the theme. My raspberries qualify so over it goes! Louisa at Eat Your Veg also co-hosts with Vanesther at Bangers and Mash for their Family Foodie event. This month’s theme is “outdoors” – perfect. Ren Behan is gamely still hosting Simple and In Season, despite quite possibly having just given birth. Wow! And lastly to the lovely Mark over at Javelin and Warrior’s Cookin’ W/ Luv for his Made With Love Mondays. Thanks so much to all of you fabulous hosts with the most!

 

 

 

 

 

51 thoughts on “Rose and Summer Berries ‘Skinnifreddo’ – A Frozen Turkish Delight!

  1. Gail Curry says:

    Love this 🙂

    1. Thanks Gail. I don’t often share desserts but we really like this one. A keeper, I think 🙂

  2. I’m excited to make this! Can is use fresh fruit? I would think if I did that and put it in the freezer, it would do the same thing. Also, do you think it would work with full fat yogurt? We only do full fat dairy in this house 🙂
    Thanks!

    1. I used fresh berries that I had frozen myself – no difference. And full fat would of course be lovely – just not quite a skinnifreddo. Well, it would be skinny compared to a proper semifreddo!

  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the morning giggle, Kellie. 🙂
    This looks delicious, light and refreshing…love it!

    1. I think we all recognise those rituals, don’t we? Even if some if us (me!) choose not participate in any way, shape or fashion. Been there. Done that. Too old now. 🙂

  4. Thankfully, we now know that full-fat yogurt makes you lose weight! 🙂 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10865240/Eating-high-fat-yogurt-lowers-risk-of-obesity.html) I have to say, we usually eat full-fat Greek yogurt — which is actually quite hard to find in this low-fat town! So delicious, and more filling than low-fat.
    Gorgeous recipe, Kellie — and thank you so much for mentioning Zest for Life! Your version is much more beautiful than mine and will now take over as my go-to semifreddo!
    All best,
    Conner

    1. I do like full fat too, but I think the protein and fibre in this kind of recipe helps so much with satiety, despite it being ‘skinny’. If something tastes fab and it is naturally lower in fat then bonus points so I can ‘spend’ my calories enhancing salads with yummy vinaigrette and avocados! Thanks for the thumbs up on my Turkish delight version of your super recipe 🙂

  5. Ooooooh, this sounds delish! Will have to try since it is hot and humid here right now!

  6. Jackie armstrong says:

    This looks like heaven, will defo have a go at this, lovely bright colours, rasberries my fav

  7. narf77 says:

    Oh DEAR! As someone who is buffing up her Scaly Winter body to magnificently sub zero surviving proportions with comforting stews and soups the LAST thing that I want to think about is summer and b.i.k.i.n.i’s… I think that the last thing that anyone would want to think about is me…in summer…in a bikini! Nuff said about that one! Now onto the deliciousness of a Turkish delight frozen dessert that is good for you…THAT deserves my time and energy ma’am! You have outdone yourself with this delicious treat. Looks the business, can’t help but taste the business with rosewater and is going to be be my go-to survival trip to the freezer come mid summer when I am STILL not wearing a bikini but am hot enough to think about it (the world had better hope that I never get around to actually going through with that threat 😉 )

  8. Ooh, looks to me like your blog has had a summer makeover too?? Looking good 🙂 so is the recipe, very nice!! xx

  9. Beautiful. I can’t wait to try this! Stunning.

  10. what a wonderful idea. I like the flavours too. Rose with the berries to give a real indulgent and refreshing taste to this dessert.

  11. You always come up with the best ideas, Kellie – I love how simple this is to make and how decadent it looks, and yet still manages to be slim. And certainly slimmer than any commercial ice cream or frozen yogurt 😉

  12. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    Gorgeous, and ever so fresh!

  13. This is such a great recipe Kellie. I’m all up for fruit-filled desserts, and this one sounds delicious. I will even give it a shot in the middle of winter – I’m a sucker for ice cream etc. Keep smiling 🙂

  14. mbhappyforks says:

    Perfect dessert for children who don’t want to eat fruits. Beautiful colors and ice cream texture should convince them to this nutritional snack.

  15. Anita Menon says:

    a great healthy dessert idea. I am so doing this and putting them in Popsicle moulds! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Beautiful! p.s there were lots of stylish bikinis on Portobello beach yesterday and no shivery timbers or even blue legs, a miracle!

  17. Sue says:

    Freeze bananas ? Do you just cut them & stick them in the freezer ?

    1. I just peel, break up, wrap and freeze. You can even freeze in their skins and let sit out a few minutes before peeling and cutting!

  18. Jayne says:

    Sounds delicious and looks beautiful! Im a sucker for ice cream but guiltily try not to look at the ingredients! I need to try this!

  19. Deena Kakaya says:

    Kellie I chuckled through reading your lovely post! Hilarious…I mean the mental image of me eating this gorgeous berry-filled, should-be-naughty recipe, in a bikini on the sofa. The latter is not a pretty sight in my head or out of my head, so luckily that sweet treat in your picture most definitely is! I love that pink wedge in the middle…ooh xx

  20. Your semifreddo fake-out is a must for my summer to-make list. On my list for when I return in July!

  21. Sally says:

    Just gorgeous Kellie – and this post made me chuckle so much. Your good sense in terms of real food combined with your sense of humour is so engaging.

  22. So beautiful! Can’t wait to try!

  23. This looks so amazing! What a great idea! thanks so much!

  24. Corina says:

    This looks incredible – I love how vibrant the colours are.

  25. Looks divine and delicious!

  26. This looks like such a great summer treat! Now if only the summer weather would cooperate here in Sweden (I wish I’d brought that back from Istanbul!). A healthful and home made dessert always beats out junky ‘low fat’ ‘health’ foods. Real food all the way!

  27. Sandra says:

    I just love anything rose! This looks delicious 🙂

  28. Wren says:

    I went ahead and made this last night for my family and we really enjoyed it! Actually, I’m snacking on a little slice right now. We used vegan yogurt and it really did work like a charm. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yay! Thanks for letting me know. I just whizzed up a pineapple with some chilli and mint and made ice lollies. Not that it is warm enough today to eat one…

  29. summersage says:

    Tried this recipe out because I already had ALL of the ingredients and thought it was fate! Loved it! Will have to try it with strawberries as well! My husband is addicted to strawberry ANYTHING! 🙂 Thanks for the post!

    1. Great to know it was a success for you! A strawberry version would be fabulous. Maybe with the tiniest hint of fresh mint perhaps??

      1. summersage says:

        Sounds delicious! 😄

  30. This recipes is visually so enchanting that I will most definitely be making it over the summer. Packed with goodness as well, which is always a winner. Very glad that we have recently stumbled upon one another. Best Torie

  31. Oh Kellie, my apologies in only just getting around to drooling over your Skinnifreddo! Gosh it looks LUSH, and so packed full of goodies. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you’ve layered it too, so clever. I’m in total agreement with you at the general state of rubbishness of most frozen desserts or low cal ice creams, screaming full of nasties and numbers. I’ve been making lots of yogurt lollies for my kids lately with any almost past their best fruits, plain yogurt and sometimes a little honey or maple for added sweetness. In fact very like your recipe but in less showstopping lollipop form! Thanks so much for linking up to June’s Family Foodies ‘Al Fresco’ event….way back yonder…..so sorry!

    1. Don’t apologise! It is a popular event and one I would never be able to run so ably as you. I’m glad you like the look of this – a ‘grown up’ version of your own family treats 🙂

  32. Sophie33 says:

    I love your skinnyfredo way much better then the original one , you know! It looks just freaking delicious too! 🙂

    MMMMMMMM! xxx

    1. The original is just scary to me! But I think this looks acceptable enough to serve to others. Otherwise what Louisa does (see her comment) is a nice everyday way to make it.

      1. Sophie33 says:

        😊I agree! 😀😀

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