Sunday, 30 August 2015

Watermelon wraps with lemon-cardamom cream

I love dried watermelons. Now it is the season to stock up on them for the coming colder months, where almost no fresh fruits are available. I use my dehydrator to dry them until they are leathery or half-dry them until chewy but still slightly moist. If you want more "meat" in your dried watermelons you can cut thicker pieces and let them dry until the desired texture.

You can use dried watermelons various recipes, from (fruit)salads, sweets or even sushi. Here is a custard-like creamy recipe that works great as wrap filling of dried watermelon.

What you need:

400ml coconut milk
100ml rice milk
zest of one organic lemon
2 tbsp lemon juice
4-5 tbsp sucanat/rapadura/jaggery/mascobado (these are different names for the dried and unrefined juice of sugar cane)
1 tsp agar agar (or as suggested in package - every brand works differently as thickener so the amounts depend on which brand you use)
1 tbsp arrowroot, diluted in 2 tbsp water
6 drops cardamom oil or 1/5 tsp cardamom powder (optional)

Bring the milk with the sugar and agar agar in a sauce cooking pan over medium heat and whisk it now and then until it boils. Reduce heat and add the arrowroot + water and keep on stirring with a whisker, to avoid lumps. Cook over low fire for 2 more minutes. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and cardamom and turn the heat off. Transfer the mixture into a glass bowl and place it in the fridge for a few hours until cool. Use it to fill banana-leathery pancakes or dried watermelon.

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