One of the biggest treats during summer trips to Wisconsin was enjoying my grandmother's raspberry dessert. And while I remember it, I also remember her kindly setting aside a bowl of raspberries and whipped cream for my mother, a diabetic.
Years later, I realize why. The recipe was great, but it's also loaded with sugar.
This summer, I retooled the recipe with a little less sugar and a little more raspberries (taking into account a fortunate finding of a bag of frozen raspberries in our freezer).
So here is a diabetic-friendlier (albiet not perfect) recipe. I hope Grandma would approve!
Raspberry Dessert (Revisited)
1/2 cup margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
Mix until crumbly. Pat into 9 x 12-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until light brown.
While baking, make topping:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups Spendla
1/4 cup cornstarch
Cook until clear in saucepan. After it is clear, remove from heat and add 1 small box sugar-free raspberry Jello. Cool.
On crust, spread 1 1/2 quarts fresh or frozen berries. Pour Jello mixture over berries. Refrigerate until set and top with whipped topping.