We all need a little something sweet from time to time but when you live alone, desserts can present a problem.
I don’t know about you, but if I buy a packet of Tim Tams (Australian classic chocolate biscuits available at Walmart, try them!) or cook a large cake, they won’t last more than a day at my place. Cookies come in packets of ten or more and dessert recipes are written for families. Don’t get me started on the dangers of a frozen cheese cake. Isn’t it funny how veggies can languish but sweets are never wasted? The choice seems to be to over-eat sweet things or have none at all.
Now this wasn’t good enough so I took matters into my own hands and invented a whole book of dessert recipes for one. It’s called Single Sweets, see my website for details. The small quantities mean you can indulge in the flavor without affecting your weight. Most of the recipes are pretty healthy anyway. I use whole milk Greek yogurt instead of cream and use very little sugar.
Longing for something sweet and guilt-free? Try this version of blackberry cheesecake. You have to let it set for an hour, so make this before you start preparing your main meal and it will be waiting for you when you want it.
Layered Blackberry Cheesecake
2 vanilla wafers
1 tbsp. cream cheese
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
½ tsp. lemon rind
2 tsp. lemon juice
6-8 frozen blackberries
Whisk the cream cheese, yogurt and lemon juice together.
Place one of the cookies in a small soufflé dish and pour one teaspoon of the lemon juice over it.
Spoon one third of the cream cheese mixture over the top and place the second cookie on top of that.
Pour the remaining lemon juice onto the cookie then spoon the rest of the yogurt mixture over the top and smooth out the surface.
Place the blackberries around the top of the dessert and refrigerate it for one hour before serving.
Copyright © Louise Harper/2017 Singular Communications, LLC.
Louise Harper is a sculptor turned cook who specializes in recipes for one. She lives in Melbourne Australia (in a house for one, of course) and loves cooking “just for her.” For more information on her “single” series of cook books, visit www.singleserve.net.au