This Christmas, like every Christmas, I got my parents a box of After Eights. There are so many festive traditions in my house, and ending every big meal with a steaming cup of black coffee and an After Eight (or two) is one of my favourites.
By chance, the lovely people at After Eight have also been running a Christmas special – to make people like me (who always eat them) aware that you can also use them as an ingredient in a variety of desserts.
Since I like simple, tasty puds, I told them that I’d be happy to be a guinea pig – and so I signed up to make After Eight winter berry yoghurt sherbets. I was suprised to learn that an American ‘Sherbet’ is a bit like ‘Sorbet’ – but strangely the taste ends up with a tang which is just like our British sherbet.
Anyway…when I say simple, this is amazingly simple. I did manage to drag out the photos to include every single step, but in reality it could have been two snaps – one with all the ingredients in the food processor, and one with the desserts in bowls. Either way, you get the message.
One realisation I had while making it was that you could make this with pretty much any fruit you want – I’m thinking about mango, plums – even apples. Since you can taste the ‘finished product’ in about three minutes, there is definitely room for experimentation and fun.
Another handy thing about red fruit sherbets is that they’re not too unhealthy either – as the majority of it is frozen fruit and fat free yoghurt. If you swap out the icing sugar for Stevia it should also fit into many diets (although you’ll have to justify that single After Eight per portion to yourself!)
Oh yeah, and it also tastes amazing – the aftertaste is really quite unexpectedly tangy – just like (British) sherbet used to be!
These delicious desserts are quick and simple to make, taste electric and add colour to any dinner table.
- Winter fruits - 350g (Frozen)
- Greek yoghurt - 200g (You can use fat free or normal)
- Icing sugar - 25g
- After Eight mints - 6 (one per serving - but you might need more to decorate!)
- This recipe is a two-stepper. It's so easy that a child could do it (although you might want to set up the food processor for them!) The main thing is to make sure the winter fruits (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries...) are frozen. You can use your own frozen ones if you're lucky enough to have them from the garden, or buy a pack from the supermarket
- Put all of the ingredients in the food processor. That's right. All of them.
- Blitz for about ten seconds and check the consistency of the dessert. If it's too chunky then continue with the blitzing, if it's ok stop! I think my machine produced a lovely, colourful, smooth consistency after twenty seconds
- Serve in your fanciest glass dessert bowls and eat straight away! If you want to eat them later then keep them in the freezer and remove around five minutes before eating (so that they soften up a little)