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Festive desserts can be daunting, but they don’t have to be. With the help of the SPAR Freshline Christmas range you can create a show-stopping treat without the stress.

SPAR Freshline has a wide range of delicious festive bakes that will take you from Christmas through to Boxing Day! And who doesn’t want to tuck into fruit mince pies while decorating their tree? From chocolate cakes, cupcakes and fruitcakes to the most decadent fruit mince pies, dessert is covered!

Here are three fab ideas for quick and easy Christmas desserts:

NEW FRUITCAKE

What’s more iconic than a fruitcake for the festive season? But why not try something new this year – a light Christmas cake made with products from the SPAR Freshline range. It’s new, something different and perfect for an African Christmas.

White Chocolate Christmas Cake Mousse

Spar Freshline

Serve this dessert with a fresh fruit salad to cut through the mousse’s rich taste.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

10 ml gelatine

45 ml water

200 g white chocolate, finely chopped

100 ml SPAR full-cream milk

350 ml SPAR fresh cream

200 g SPAR Freshline Luxury Fruitcake, finely crumbed

FRUIT SALAD

SPAR Freshline strawberries

SPAR Freshline raspberries

SPAR Freshline blueberries

2 sprigs SPAR Freshline mint, finely chopped

Zest and juice of 2 SPAR Freshline lemons

60 ml SPAR castor sugar

Method:

Liberally spray a 2-litre bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the gelatine over the water and let it rest for 1 minute until spongy. In a glass bowl placed on top of a saucepan of boiling water, stir the milk and chocolate until melted. Add the gelatine and stir over the boiling water until smooth. Fold in the cream and fruitcake crumbs and pour the mixture into the cake pan. Set in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Mix all the fruit salad ingredients. Dunk the cake pan in boiling water for 30 seconds. Invert on a serving plate. Arrange the fruit salad around the mousse cake and dust with icing sugar. Serve.

SHORTCUT DESSERT

With the SPAR Freshline range of baked Christmas goodies and fresh fruit, it couldn’t be easier to pull off a fabulous Christmas meal like a fantastic hostess!

Fruit mince pie wreath

Spar

What makes this dessert great is the fruit salad served with the pies.

Serves 8–10

Ingredients

1 vanilla pod, cut and deseeded

200 g (250 ml) SPAR white sugar

250 ml water

juice and zest of 1 SPAR Freshline lemon

400 g SPAR Freshline strawberries, halved

200 g SPAR Freshline blueberries

200 g SPAR Freshline fresh cherries, stoned

20 SPAR Freshline festive fruit mince pies

1 litre SPAR vanilla ice cream

Method:

Place vanilla seeds and pod, sugar, water, lemon juice and zest in medium saucepan. Mix well and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Place fruit in mixing bowl. Remove vanilla pod from hot syrup and pour syrup over fruit. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes. While the fruit salad is marinating, heat SPAR Freshline festive fruit mince pies according to package instructions. Remove pies from tinfoil cases and arrange on a large platter in the shape of a Christmas wreath. Spoon fruit salad over wreath and top with dollops of ice cream. Serve.

FAST AND FESTIVE

Spar

A pavlova is a super-easy way to whip up a stunning Christmas pudding. Here, we used a SPAR Freshline ready-made meringue base, topped with coconut yoghurt and cream, fresh, seasonal fruit, sprigs of mint and pistachios. Yum!

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