Amazing Desserts Made With Alternative Sweeteners

The contestants from MasterChef Junior were challenged to create desserts using alternative sweeteners. The results? Nothing childish about them. 


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Baked Doughnuts with Matcha or Chocolate Glaze

matcha and chocolate glazed doughnuts

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Challenge Winner!

Recipe by Remy B., 14
New York City

Q&A with Remy

Go-to ingredient,to cook with on the show? 
Matcha. I’m obsessed with it.

Top dish to cook for your family?
Seafood

Best thing about being on MasterChef Junior?
The judges’ feedback

Favorite judge?
Christina Tosi

Name of your future restaurant?
Pop. When me, my sister and my best friend grow up, our dream is to open a pop-up store called Pop that sells cake pops. We really want to make a crème brûlée one, put marshmallows on top and brûlée it.

GLAZE 101

Matcha Glaze 
In a stand mixer, beat 4 oz softened cream cheese, 6 tbsp water, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsp matcha powder until smooth. 

Chocolate Glaze
Heat 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small pot until simmering. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup dark chocolate chips and 1 tsp honey until smooth.

Prep 5 m
Bake 14 m

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Guava-Raspberry Puree & Blood Orange Segments

blood oranges and raspberry puree atop vanilla panna cotta

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Recipe by Pierce C., 12
Oak Park, IL

Q&A with Pierce

Name of your future restaurant?
Pierce’s Perfect Food. It sounds a little childish, but maybe I’ll come up with another name along the way.

Best thing about being on MasterChef Junior?
I got really close to all the kids, especially the ones from Chicago.

Top dishes to cook for your family?
Panna cotta and salmon

Go-to ingredient to cook with on the show?
Lemon

Favorite judge?
Joe Bastianich

TOP IT OFF

Guava-Raspberry Puree 
In a small pot over medium-high, heat 1 peeled and cut guava, 1 cup raspberries, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp water until simmering. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a blender with 1 tsp powdered gelatin; blend until smooth. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer, transfer to a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

Blood Orange Segments 
Place the segments of 2 blood oranges on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with 1 tsp honey. To caramelize, broil 3 to 4 minutes or use a kitchen torch. Let cool. 

Makes 4
Prep 5 m
Refrigerate 60 m

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Plum Tarts

baked tart with plums

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Recipe by Maria D., 10
Winetka, CA

Q&A with Maria

Name of your future restaurant?
The Puerto Greekan. I want to open a food truck and a restaurant that sells Puerto Rican and Greek food and benefits kids with disabilities.

Favorite judge?
Gordon Ramsey. He always kept me on my toes, and I have a bearded dragon named Gordon Ramsey. 

Top dishes to cook for your family?
Spanakopita, mofongo, lamb chops, steak, cakes and bread

Best thing about being on MasterChef Junior?
The cooking. Also talking to the chefs and what they said about my food.

Go-to ingredients to cook with on the show?
Agave, a whole bunch of spices, lobster and lamb

IF YOU LIKE PIÑA COLADAS 

Plum-Coconut Mocktail 
In a small pot, bring 2 diced plums, 1/4 cup agave, 2 tbsp water and 1 tsp lemon juice to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in 1 tsp cornstarch and cook 1 minute. Transfer to a blender. Cut the top off 1 young coconut. Pour coconut water into blender with plum mixture; add a pinch of ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Serve in coconut with a straw. 

Prep 10 m
Bake 18 m