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   SWEETS  

I know how important it is to have a satisfying end to a meal. For many people, that means indulging their sweet tooth with a delicious dessert. But at home, my family and I have a slightly different approach.  We prefer to keep our meals light and healthy, and save our sweet cravings for tea time. I'll share some of our favorite sweet treats that we enjoy eating on their own or alongside a cup of tea.

When it comes to tea time desserts, one of our favorites is pound cake. This classic dessert is simple, yet always satisfying. The dense, buttery cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of tea, and can be topped with fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey for an extra touch of sweetness. Another favorite of ours is banana cake, which is moist and flavorful, and goes great with a cup of Jasmine tea.

Aside from cakes, we also enjoy other tea-time desserts like gula malaka, a popular Indonesian dessert made from palm sugar and coconut milk. Its unique flavor and texture make it stand out among other desserts. Fruit pudding is another easy-to-make treat that's great for when you want something light and refreshing. And of course, who can resist mango sticky rice? This Thai dessert combines sweet sticky rice with ripe mango and coconut milk for a tropical, indulgent treat.

Of course, there are times when we do enjoy a dessert after a meal. When that's the case, we try to keep it light and healthy, like a fruit salad or grilled pineapple with a sprinkle of cinnamon. But if we're in the mood for something a bit richer, we might go for a scoop of ice cream or a cup of crème brulée. The key is moderation – we don't need a lot to satisfy our sweet cravings, and we always try to balance it out with plenty of fresh fruit and other healthy foods throughout the day.

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