Berry terrine

Mixed berry terrine, a light dessert with no added sugar

Although we all crave warm, baked puddings during Winter, I sometimes long for something lighter to end off a meal. Most summer desserts call for fresh seasonal fruit, but I found that frozen berries work just as well during Winter.

This is my recipe for a fresh, light, berry terrine – sweet but tart, beautiful to look at, and not difficult to make. It is a great ending to a rich winter meal, but works well all-year round as an alternative to a fruit salad. Use whichever soft fresh fruit is in season – canned and frozen fruit also work well!

This terrine was made from mixed berries, apple juice, gelatin and Canderel Yellow – which makes it very low in sugar and very low in calories. A guilt-free dessert that looks great and really tastes fantastic, just pure and natural fruit flavours.

Feel free to adjust the amount of sweetener according to the sweetness of your fruit – these berries are quite tart, so I used 1/3 cup Canderel Yellow.


  • 700-800 g berries (fresh, or frozen & thawed)
  • 500 ml clear apple juice (or white grape juice)
  • 4 t (20 ml) powdered gelatin
  • 1/3 cup Canderel Yellow (substituted for 1/3 cup sugar)


  1. Oil a medium sized loaf tin or terrine tin, then neatly line with plastic wrap. Fill lined tin with berries.
  2. Mix 1/4 of the apple juice with the gelatin, and let it stand for 10 minutes to dissolve.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the rest of the juice and Canderel over moderate heat to boiling point, then remove from the heat and add gelatin mixture. Stir for a few minutes untill gelatin and sugar has completely melted.
  4. Pour juice mixture over berries, just covering them. Do not overfill, as the berries will start to float.
  5. Cover the plastic wrap, then refrigerate overnight. To unmold, turn out on a plate and carefully remove plastic lining. Slice and serve. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Tip: If using frozen berries, make sure that they are completely thawed before using. Drain well from any moisture and pat dry with kitchen paper before using.

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