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Have your cake and eat it too 100 Recipes for Sin–Free Food Sally Bee (Collins)

Balancing the glory of a great dessert against the January need to possibly cut back on the December excesses, Bee has come up with a conceptual selection that does not necessarily take the quality and enjoyment out of a good fruitcake, gateau, or muffin. What you do get, however, is such offerings as pistachio and low-fat yogurt cake; mint, caraway, and lemon roulade with half the fat; a butter-free almond and hazelnut gateau; a health conscious beetroot and chocolate cake; fat-free strawberry sponge; and low-fat almond macaroons.

Making use of other traditional recipes, Bee has also added a healthier twist to her honey and parsnip scones; sundried tomato bread, pomegranate and rhubarb jelly, honey-walnut turnovers, blackcurrant bombes, and guilt-free sticky toffee puddings. Overall, the sort of pick-me-up recipe book that celebrates desserts without having you running for a week afterwards.

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