After Easter I’ve started watching my weight again and have been going to the gym everyday. A few days ago when we went to the supermarket I found myself putting some low fat products in the cart, such as Dirollo cream cheese with 3% fat, which is similar to Philadelphia, myzithra also called anthotyro or anari which is similar to ricotta, again a low fat cheese, fructose, mostly to be used for breakfast. I am not following any particular diet but mostly eating grilled chicken, turkey burgers, fish, “ladera” with minimum amount of oil, once a week and even pasta, salads and fruit.
I was not planning to make dessert but being used to cook everyday I had the urge to create something and kept thinking what I could make which would not be too sinful. If I had thought of this earlier I would have bought some low fat digestive biscuits and make a cheesecake but since I did not want to line up in the supermarket again I decided to use what I had bought.
I decided to use the fructose, although I’ve never used it before. From what I read on the package 100 grams fructose has 400 calories and is 70% sweeter than normal sugar. I didn’t know how much to use so I just tasted it in the end and adjusted the amount. The amount of fructose to be added will also depend on how sweet the strawberries are.
I don’t mind if desserts are not very sweet but if you like your desserts very sweet this dessert is not for you. If you add more fructose to make it sweeter then you might just as well use ordinary sugar. My children are not on diet so they added some ice cream and a rose cordial syrup to sweeten it up a little.
If you are dieting, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will have a craving for a dessert that tastes great and is low in calories. I can still remember the period before creating the blog that whenever I went to a dietician the only dessert in the menu was jelly and I was so stupid buying the low calorie jelly from the supermarket which is full of artificial colour, artificial flavour and has nothing to offer.
I am not a dietician and don’t know how many calories there is in each piece but it is a great solution when you get indulgent considering that all the products used are natural and stawberries are not only very flavourful but they are also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants plus the protein and other properies from the cheese and milk and honey is also a source of antioxidants and many other valuable properties.
Low fat Cream Cheese – Strawberry Jelly, Recipe by Ivy
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Setting time: 3 – 4 hours or preferably overnight
For the Jelly:
- 500 grams strawberries
- 1 litre water
- 12 gelatin leaves or 2 envelopes (2 tablespoons)
- 6 tablespoons (80 grams) fructose
For the cheese mixture:
- 250 grams dirollo cheese (3% fat) or low fat Philadelphia
- 250 grams anthotyro (myzithra) from Crete (or ricotta)
- 2 tablespoons Greek honey
- 1 cup low fat milk
- 1 teaspoon gelatin (or 3 sheets)
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- Put the gelatin leaves in a bowl with water and set aside for fifteen minutes until they become soft.
- Meantime measure the water which you will use later on.
- Wash strawberries and remove the stems. Cut into small pieces in a non stick frying pan. Add ½ cup of the measured water as well as fructose and mix well on medium heat until the strawberries begin to boil.
- Mean time in a small saucepan heat the remaining water and dissolve the gelatin (without the water added to soften the leaves). Pour in the strawberries, mix for ten minutes and set aside to cool for about ten minutes.
- In a food processor add most (about 2/3) of the strawberries with some of the liquid and puree. Return back to the remaining strawberries and set aside until it cools. (Do not refrigerate as it will set).
- In a small saucepan, mix gelatin with milk and let it stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Place over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Beat myzithra and cream cheese with honey and rose water until smooth. Add gelatin mixture and thoroughly blend into cheese mixture.
- Put into a rectangular bowl 23 X 28 cm (9 x 11 inch) and refrigerate for about 2 hours until it sets. Add the strawberry jelly on top, a spoonful at a time as we must be very careful not to crack the cheese mixture. Refrigerate overnight.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!