Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

This is one of my all time favorite desserts -- and the wee ones love it, too. Aside from the cool, creamy refreshingness of it, the entire dessert is only 95 calories. I love added bonuses like that!

As we're getting to the start of summer (with our current fifty-two degrees and the need for long sleeves and pants yesterday, I refuse to say that Memorial Day was the unofficial start to summer around here), this is the perfect dessert to sit outside on the deck on a nice day and enjoy while feeling the sun melt away the winter blahs.

Mango Custard

2 envelopes, plain gelatin (e.g., Knox)
1/2 c sugar*
1 c hot water (not boiling but really hot)
3 1/2 c pureed mango**
1 c 2% evaporated milk
~8 ice cubes (mine are the long ones that come from the freezer maker)
1 lime
1 kiwi

Peel mangos and cut into large chunks (essentially large enough to fit in your blender). Put chunks from 2 mangos into blender, along with the evaporated milk. Puree. Add more chunks of mango until you have 4 1/2 c total (3 1/2 c mango and 1 c evaporated milk). Pour into a large bowl.

Heat water. Add gelatin and sugar and stir, stir, stir until they're totally dissolved. This will take 2-3 minutes.

Add ice cubes to mango mixture, then pour gelatin into it and stir until fully dissolved. Again, this will take a minute or so.

Pour mixture into individual ramekins and chill for at least 3 hours. You can heat the ramekins by dipping into a bowl of hot water (don't let it touch the pudding), then use a knife to loosen and invert on a plate or serve in the ramekins. I garnish with a diced kiwi, the leftover mango that I then dice and squeeze of lime juice. This makes ~12-14 small ramekins. They're good the day of and up to 2-3 days after.

*You can probably use a fake sweetener for this, but I've never tried. 1/2 cup divided by 12 servings is miniscule.

**You can buy pureed mango, but beware what else is in it. I prefer to buy 3 or 4 mangos and puree them myself. It takes between 2 and 3 large mangos to get the 3 1/2 c pureed mango. Peel them, cut into large chunks and add slowly to your blender to get the puree. If you accidentally cut into the pit, you may want to strain the puree (or you can pick out individual pieces if you're patient enough). Reserve the remaining mango and dice to use for garnish.

Ohhhhh yum!

And of course, as always go check out this week's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Blessed With Grace!



septembermom May 26, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

95 calories! Count me in for two servings:) Sounds good.

Life with Kaishon May 26, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

Oh my gosh! This sounds SO great! Creamy and dreamy and blissful! I am so glad I read this today!

Laura May 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

ohh that looks good! I emailed you :)

Veggie Mom May 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

Tres Tropical! I'm going to have to try this. My aunt and uncle used to live in Miami, and I have quite the taste for mangoes!

Cookie May 26, 2009 at 11:06 PM  

This sounds sooo good and who doesn't love only 95 calories :)

Steph May 27, 2009 at 7:55 AM  

Ok I am not a mango fan but this sounds yummy!

Michelle May 27, 2009 at 6:22 PM  

septembermom - I tossed that little tidbit in there just for that reason. I'd never believe it if I hadn't calculated it myself.

Life with Kaishon - Ohhhh it is. In fact, if I had any mangos in the house, I'd go make some more right now!

Laura - It is... I only wish that I had remembered to take pictures - and I saw the email though I haven't had time to open it yet. Thanks!

Veggie Mom - It is. Ironically enough, it's actually based on an Asian recipe, but it's plenty warm there, too!

Cookie - Exactly. All the pleasure, none of the guilt!

Steph - It has none of the questionable mango texture, and I suspect it would be pretty darn good with other fruits, too (just not pineapple or the like, as they don't work with gelatin!).

Heather June 13, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

That sounds so yummy!

Michelle June 17, 2009 at 11:46 PM  

Heather - It sounds yummy? It IS yummy... hmm and maybe I'll make this when friends come over this weekend. Brilliant :)

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