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Desserts off the BBQ

The summer grilling season is in full swing. When you have friends and family around for a backyard barbecue, use your grill to finish the event with delicious sweet treats that can be prepared in advance and completed on your grill.

There are so many options from a sweet chocolate gooey s’ more to healthy grilled fruit kebabs.

Let’s start with a recipe for a decadent puff pastry chocolate marshmallow pie which can be cooked on top of your barbecue grid.

Puff Pastry Chocolate Marshmallow & Nut Pie

 

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Use a flip grill on your barbecue.

2 rolls of good quality shop-bought puff pastry( 16 oz x2)

8 oz of chocolate -Grate or cut into small pieces.

One pack of marshmallows (5-6 oz)

6 oz hazelnuts chopped.

Grease a clean grid with a little butter and a non-stick cook spray.

Unroll a roll of puff pastry and place on a prepared cold barbecue grid.

Top the pastry with marshmallows, chocolate, and the nuts.

Unroll the second roll of puff pastry and place on top of the filling. Seal the edges well.

Brush the pastry with beaten egg.

Close the flip grill and barbecue over moderate coals for 20-30 minutes. Turn the grid at least once.

The pastry should be golden brown on both sides.

Remove the pie from the grid and cut with a sharp knife.

Serve with raspberries or vanilla ice cream.

 

Grilled Peaches and Cinnamon Butter

 

This is an easy quick dessert that is perfect to end a barbecue.

Ingredients

¼ cup butter

1 Tablespoon brown sugar. (an alternative is coconut sugar or pure maple syrup)

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 Ripe yellow flesh peaches.

Little vegetable oil

Cut the peaches in half and remove the stone.

Cream the butter with the sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.

Lightly baste the peaches with the oil and place them face down on your clean barbecue grid over medium coals.

When the top of the peaches is slightly soft remove from the grill.

Top each peach with a little cinnamon butter.

Serve warm.

Grilled Fruit Kebabs

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Apart from grilling peaches ( see above recipe) consider preparing fruit kebabs before your guests arrive. These are perfect for the barbecue taking only a few minutes to grill.

Grilling the fruit caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit leaving a sweet easy and healthy dessert. Fruit kebabs can be served with a scoop of yogurt or ice cream

Fruits that are suitable for grilling on skewers include :

Banana, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Apples, and even watermelon.

Tips

The skewers should be soaked in a little water first for 20 minutes as this will prevent the wood from burning.

Large chunks of fruit are best for the kebab.

It is a matter of choice but consider a drizzle of pure maple syrup or a spray of coconut oil on the fruit before grilling.

Make sure that the cooking grates are clean. It is important that the fruit kebabs don’t end up tasting of steak!

Chocolate Fondue!

 

Prepare a chocolate fondue in a pot on your barbecue. Supply grilled fruit kebabs and marshmallows on sticks to dip into the fondue.

For the Chocolate Fondue

10 ozs  Dark -Bittersweet chocolate

1 cup of double heavy cream

3 Tablespoons of Bourbon ( Optional)

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl ( A small deep disposable foil container works well).

Bring the cream to a simmer by placing a small saucepan over the coals.

Pour the warmed cream over the chocolate.

Let it stand for 3 minutes and then whisk until smooth

If required add the bourbon.

Let your guests dip in fruit, marshmallows, and pretzels.

Banana Boats

 

4 ripe yellow bananas

1 cup mini-marshmallows

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

With the peel still on slice the banana lengthwise. Be careful don’t slice all the way through.

Open to make a small pocket.

Stuff the pocket with chocolate and peanut butter chips. Top with mini marshmallows.

Place the bananas on the grill on low heat coals.

Cook until the bananas have softened and the peels blackened.

Remove from the grill let cool for a few minutes.

Eat with a spoon

Whatever sweet ending you choose to your barbecue …..enjoy!

 

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