Thursday, 7 February 2013

Orange & Passion Fruit Pudding (only 5 ingredients!)

It's simple desserts like this which fill me with joy. This vibrant orange pudding only contains 5 ingredients (actually technically only 4 because two of the ingredients come from the same oranges...) and is very easy to make (as long as you don't take your eye off it when it's cooking!) This recipe is part of Costa Rican Food month, which kicked off a couple of days ago with the very special Resbaladera (Rice and Barley Milk Drink). I had to post this recipe next because it was one of my absolute favourites!

The reason it is part of Costa Rican food month, is because I have based this recipe on a Costa Rican dish - Atol de Naranja. An atole/atol is a Central/South American dish which is thickened with either cornstarch or hominy grits. It is often consumed as a hot drink, however I decided to make mine a cold dessert pudding instead. I've also added a tropical touch with the gorgeous fresh passion fruit on top which really took this simple dessert to a whole new level!

So- with all the changes is it actually an authentic Costa Rican dish? I have no idea! Maybe a Costa Rican can tell me. What I can tell you is that this dessert is spectacular. So just make it :)

3 cups fresh orange juice (should be about 3-4 oranges worth)
1 tbsp orange zest (tip: zest orange before juicing)
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups brown sugar
4 passion fruits

To Make
1. Place the orange zest and 1/2 cup of the orange juice in a saucepan.
2. Add the cornstarch and stir well until completely dissolved and with no lumps.
3. Gradually stir in the remaining orange juice and the sugar.
4. Place the saucepan over a medium to low heat and stir continuously while you slowly heat it through.
5. As the pudding heats it will begin to thicken, stir continuously to prevent lumps forming. Heat until the pudding is thickened (this should take about 10 minutes, but may take less or more time depending on how hot your stove is).
6. Once the pudding is thick transfer immediately into 8 individual serving bowls (or glasses). Place in the fridge and chill for a couple of hours until completely cold.
7. Top each serving with the pulp of 1/2 a passion fruit and serve.

Serves 8 (note: makes fairly 'modest' servings, if you want large servings you can use this recipe to serve 4-6 people with larger serves).

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  1. Great dessert! It would be so light and refreshing on a hot summer's day.

    What is the consistency like once it has been chilled? Is it like a curd or a bit more jelly-like?

    Good luck with your nominations for The Homies!

    1. It's thicker than curd, but a bit softer than jelly. It's a sort of "pudding" consistency haha :)

  2. I love simple desserts too and this one looks lovely. I'd love to give this a try!

    1. I recommend it, Christine! Let me know how you go if you make it!

  3. my my..greetings from Costa Rica!!! Thank you for posting vegan recipes with our traditional food... You have just saved me =) I have been thinking how or where I could find vegan condensed milk and well... your blog has it! Are you living in CR or... how did your love for CR food came about?

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying my Costa Rican recipes! I love learning about all kinds of food from all of the countries in the world :) So every month on this blog I feature a country (all featured countries are requested by readers)and cook as many veganised dishes as I can from that country. This month of one my readers suggested Costa Rica so that is what I have been doing, and loving it!

      You can check out all the other countries I have featured by clicking on the "world food challenge recipes" tab at the top of the page. Or you can suggest a country that you want to learn more about my leaving me a comment anywhere.

      I look forward to hearing what you think about all the CR food I am trying!