Guilt Free Fruit Gratin

"When you absolutely must have dessert, but you're counting calories and fat grams, here's a way to meet your goal and have a sweet too."
photo by Mme M photo by Mme M
photo by Mme M
photo by Mme M photo by Mme M
photo by Mamas Kitchen Hope photo by Mamas Kitchen Hope
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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place raisins, lemon juice, bourbon, and a tablespoon of water in a small saucepan and bring to sa simmer, uncovered.
  • Allow to simmer till raisins are soft and plump.
  • Arrange sliced fruit in a gratin dish or other samll ovenproof baking dish.
  • Scatter rasins over fruit and pour remaining liquid over the fruit as well.
  • Mix the bread crumbs, the spices and the lemon rind together and scatter over the fruit.
  • If you absolutely must, you may add some artificial sweetner like equal or splenda to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake till fruit is bubbly (about 12 - 15 minutes.

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  1. Mme M
    This is an outstanding, and simple recipe that can be used all year long using seasonal fruits with complementary spirits. Delicious! I made it in late Spring with apricots, grapes and violet liqueur.
  2. andypandy
    This is a nice little cobbler dish. I did use dried cherries soaked in some kirsh instead of the raisins. Served with french vanilla icecream.
  3. Leslie
    Easy and delicious! I skipped the bourbon but did add the Splenda. We enjoyed this low fat, guilt free dessert so much, thanks for posting Kate!
  4. ladypit
    This was very good and an easy way to use up some things I needed to use up (some getting old light bread and too many apples). I didn't have any lemons so I used limes which was quite nice. I omitted the bourbon (because I didn't have any and thought the kids wouldn't eat it that way anyway) but want to try that next time. I also, loosely, tripled it to serve a family of 4. I found that by doing that I had 4 regular sized servings and 1 leftover for dh to take to work tomorrow to eat with some vanilla yogurt in his lunch. I will come clean and admit that I added 1 tbsp. splenda to the breadcrumbs but I figured since I was using light bread..... Thanks Kate!
  5. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    Really easy and yummy. I didnt have raisins so I used dried cranberries with the apples- very Christmas'y'. The bread crumbs were an interesting twist as a topping. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Wish I had a prettier dish to serve this in bc it is so beautiful.


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