Learning from the masters: Agar Agar Cherry Dessert

cherry version

It has been years that I have discovered agar agar and tried my hand at a strawberry dessert. As it happens, I couldn’t find my notes from six years ago, so I went online looking for something similar…  This is what I found: https://hot-thai-kitchen.com/mango-coconut-jelly/

I used the method shown in the Hot Thai Kitchen video, but adjusted the ingredients to my own [diabetic] needs. Since strawberries are one of those fruits we can eat in large amounts, I have replaced the mangoes in the recipe with strawberries and the sugar with xylitol.

INGREDIENTS

250 g fruits (to puree)

1/2 cup orange juice

1 1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons agar agar powder (don’t forget: you’d have to use a different amount of agar agar if using sheets or strands, as noted in web link below regarding agar agar)

2 tablespoons of xylitol (or to taste)

more fruits to incorporate in cubed form

METHOD

Exactly as described in the video at the above website.

strawberry version

When my husband sampled this strawberry-agar dessert, he thought that it had nothing over the fresh cut strawberries. So I tried offering it with chocolate and whipped cream, which was a definite improvement.

cherries

I decided to make a second attempt though, this time with a sweet and tart cherry mix. I used the exact same recipe and method in the assumption that the texture and flavor of some fruits will work better with the recipe than others. The cherry combination turned out to have a more pleasant texture as well as flavor. It’s a keeper! To be served with fruits or fruit salad.

As for agar agar, I found a very interesting article by Tina Dawson at the link https://loveisinmytummy.com/2016/05/all-you-need-to-know-about-agar-agar.html

More masters to learn from at this link: https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/how-to-cook/how-to-cook-with-agar-agar

Remember, this is what I DO, please always do your own research and make your own decisions. Be in the know.

Good luck to All and keep your glucose levels down!

 

 

 

 

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