Canderel’s culinary treats for a great Christmas spread

The festive season is the perfect opportunity for spending time with family and enjoying good food together. Finding new takes on delicious Christmas dishes can be quite a challenge, but with Canderel as a sugar alternative, your menu transforms from naughty to nice.


Local South African food blogger, Andante Wiehahn from Lekkerbek says, “Christmas tends to include plenty of sugary treats which are very difficult to resist and keep people coming for more. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, impaired immune system and chronic disease. But with Canderel, you’re armed with a little secret in your kitchen.”

“We can’t guarantee that you won’t want a second helping of the Christmas delicacies you are served, but the lower kilojoule intake can comfort your conscience, allowing you to fully enjoy Christmas with the family.”

Canderel is a low kilojoule sweetener which is the equivalent of two teaspoons of sugar – with ten times less kilojoules. Try out these delicious recipes from the Canderel Kitchen for your Christmas spread.

Chicken liver paté with red onion jam

Pavlova with berry compote and chocolate drizzle 

Stuffed camembert


This Post is sponsored by Canderel  – Low Kilojoule Sweetener


Pavlova with berry compote and chocolate drizzle
Serves: 6
  • For pavlova
  • 4 XL egg whites
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 7.5ml white wine vinegar
  • 10ml cornflour
  • 7 sachets Canderel Yellow
  • For compote
  • 350g frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp Canderel
  • ½ tbsp lemon zest
  • For the cream
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Canderel
  • For the chocolate drizzle
  • 85g slab Canderel Dark Chocolate
  • Garnish
  • Fresh berries
  1. For the pavlova, pre heat the oven to 120°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Add four sachets Canderel Yellow and beat for a few seconds to combine. Gradually fold in the remaining three Canderel Yellow sachets, vanilla extract, vinegar and cornflour. Beat again until stiff peaks form.
  2. Using a piping bag, or just spooning the mixture onto the baking paper, shape six pavlova ‘nests’. Place the baking tray on the lower rack in the oven. Gently rest a sheet of foil with the shiny side facing the pavlovas over the nests. Turn the oven down to 100°C and bake for 1 ½ hours. Turn oven off and wedge it open with a kitchen towel.
  3. Leave pavlovas in oven to dry out completely for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  4. For the compote, bring the berries to the boil, reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes until the berries start to dissolve but still retain their shape. Remove from the heat, add Canderel Red and lemon zest and allow to cool.
  5. Combine cream and Canderel (sweeten it according to your taste). Whip until stiff peaks form and refrigerate until needed. For the chocolate drizzle, melt the slab of Canderel Dark Chocolate over a bain-marie. Once melted, remove from heat and use immediately.
  6. On a pretty serving tray or individual plates, arrange the pavlova nests. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream into each nest and top with a spoon full of berry compote. Arrange fresh berries on top and drizzle with melted chocolate. Serve immediately.

Chicken liver paté with red onion jam
  • 250g chicken livers, drained and cleaned
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 25ml butter (melted), plus some extra for frying
  • 5ml mixed dried herbs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 15ml Brandy
  • For red onion jam
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • ½ tbsp Canderel
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & black pepper
  1. For liver paté, melt some butter in a pan and fry onion over a low heat till soft and translucent. Increase the heat and add the livers and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes before adding herbs and bay leaf. Put the lid on and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When livers are cooked, remove the bay leaf, add brandy and melted butter, and liquidise. Spoon into a serving dish and allow to cool before refrigerating overnight.
  2. For red onion jam, heat the oil in a heavy-based pan and gently fry onions for about 10 minutes over a low heat until they become soft and translucent. Add Canderel and Balsamic vinegar, and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the onions become caramalised and sticky. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cool to room temperature before serving with bread or vegetable crudités.

Stuffed Camembert
  • 350g frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tbsp Canderel
  • ½ tbsp cornflour dissolved in 1 Tbsp boiling water
  • 2 x125g Camembert wheels
  • Pomegranate rubies
  • Chopped pistachio nuts
  1. Bring the berries to boil and cook over a gentle heat for 15 – 20 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the cornflour and Canderel and stir until thickened. Allow to cool before stuffing into the cheese. Use a small circular shape (like a shot glass) and gently press into the centre of the cheese, stopping just before you go straight through. Scoop out the middle contents to create a cylindrical form. Fill the hole with the berry compote and allow it to overflow slightly. Garnish with Pomegranate rubies and pistachio nuts. Serve with bread or vegetable crudités.


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