Since I am not supposed to eat any saturated fat or simple carbohydrates, “dessert” at my house should of course be a synonym for “nice piece of fruit.” However, we have, this summer, been enjoying the occasional small serving of two splendid desserts. Here are the recipes:

#2 Daughter’s Chocolate Nemesis

2 sticks butter, 12 oz 70% bittersweet chocolate, 5 large eggs, 1 c sugar, 7 T water

Grease cake pan and line with parchment paper. Melt chocolate in double boiler and remove from heat. Beat eggs with 1/3 c sugar until mixture forms a ribbon. Heat remaining sugar with water over moderately low heat, stirring till syrup is clear. Pour into chocolate, stirring to combine, and then cool 10 minutes. Add chocolate and eggs slowly, beating till combined. Pour into cake pan. Set pan into water bath and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour, till set. Cool completely before removing pan from water bath. Turn out and serve.

#1 Daughter’s Fresh Fruit Indulgence

2 c ground Bordeaux cookies (or gingersnaps), 1/3 c melted butter, 2 T sugar (you can reduce sugar and butter)

8 oz fat-free cream cheese, 1/4 c sugar, juice and zest of one lemon, 1/2 c whipped cream (or nonfat plain yogurt)

assorted fruit

1/4 c apricot preserves, 1 T water (you can eliminate this step)

Grind the cookies in blender or food processor, add butter, and pat into pie plate for crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and lemon with electric mixer. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over crust and chill for several hours. Arrange prepared fruit over filling. Combine preserves and water and brush over fruit. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.

You may notice that the Nemesis is a lot of trouble, and requires a certain amount of precision, while the indulgence is more flexible and may be different each time you make it. Also, while #2 daughter insists that the Nemesis is a health food, the Indulgence fits nicely into the food pyramid. With both recipes on hand, you can have a dessert to fit your mood.

You can see a picture of both daughters at http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=chanthaboune