Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fruche Review + Recipes


I was recently given a voucher to go and buy some of the new relaunched Fruche, and hold a small morning tea so that some friends and I could try it out. I am under the impression that Fruche is launching quite a few new and improved flavours, but my local supermarket only had a limited range, so I picked the three that they had: Vanilla Bean, Strawberry Fields and Tropical Mango. I was interested to see that they are really highlighting the link to Yoplait, with all of their new packaging having the tagline "Inspired by Yoplait". I found this a bit ironic, since I often buy Fruche, but I rarely buy Yoplait yoghurt (when I do buy yoghurt, since I mostly make my own!), preferring Mundella which does not have any thickeners, gelatine, or added preservatives.

I have eaten Fruche for a long time, finding it a quick and easy healthy snack that usually satisfied me when I was craving something creamy and sweet, since it was much less "yoghurty" than yoghurt. I also used it quite often as a base for low fat dessert recipes.

I had three friends over, and the general consensus was that the vanilla was a definite improvement over what we remembered of the original formula, but the strawberry and mango tasted pretty much the same (still yummy and delicious). I also made two desserts using the vanilla and the strawberry flavours which were big hits. I've included the recipes for you:

Fruit with Gingered Fruche

2 x 200g cartons vanilla bean Fruche
2 tablespoons finely chopped Buderim Naked ginger (crystallised ginger without the crystallised sugar coating - use regular crystallised ginger if you can't find it)
Juice of one orange
2 large pears, chopped
3 apples, chopped

Mix Fruche and ginger and leave to sit in fridge for about 10 minutes.

Mix orange juice, apples and pears, and place into 4 serving bowls. Top with gingered Fruche and serve immediately.

Strawberry Mousse

1 punnet strawberries, hulled
1 tbs agave nectar
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp gelatine
150g Strawberry Fields Fruche
2 egg whites

  • Puree strawberries, agave nectar and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Sprinkle gelatine over 2 tbs boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Allow to cool slightly, and then stir quickly into strawberry puree.
  • Add Fruche and stir to combine.
  • Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Stir a large spoonful of egg whites into strawberry mixture to loosen, then fold remaining egg whites in carefully,
  • Spoon into 4 serving dishes and refrigerate until set, a few hours.
  • Garnish with extra strawberries and mint leaves if desired.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a voucher for the Fruche. All recipes and opinions are my own.

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