Milk (tart) pudding with fresh vanilla fruit
I love Cathy’s melkkos. It’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth – sweet and decadent. I wanted to make a version that was less sweet for those who might prefer something lighter after a meal. So I’ve adapted my favourite milk tart filling and used cornflour and custard powder in my take on her milk pudding.
MILK (TART) PUDDING WITH FRESH VANILLA FRUIT
This version uses less sugar, the eggs give it a rich taste. I’ve replaced the traditional syrup usually served with melkkos with vanilla and a little sugar sprinkled over fresh fruit (granadilla is particularly delicious).
SERVES 6 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 20-25 min
1,25 litre (5 c) full-cream milk 2 cinnamon sticks 150 ml cake flour 50 ml (¹⁄5 c) cornflour 50 ml (¹⁄5 c) custard powder 2-3 extra-large eggs large knob of butter 7 ml (1½ t) vanilla essence
375 ml (1½ c) water 45 ml (3 T) sugar 1 vanilla pod, slit open fresh fruit such as a handful of strawberries, 2 granadillas, 1 peach and 1 nectarine, cut into chunks
200 ml sugar mixed with ground cinnamon whole almonds, rolled in cinnamon sugar, lightly toasted and chopped (optional)
1 Pudding Heat 1 litre (4 c) of the milk with the cinnamon sticks until just below boiling point. 2 Mix the cake flour, cornflour and custard powder. Whisk the eggs lightly and add to the dry mixture. Stir in the remaining 250 ml (1 c) milk and mix to form a smooth paste. 3 Add a little of the heated milk to the flour paste and mix until smooth. Add to the rest of the milk and mix until smooth. Heat, while stirring, until the mixture comes to the boil and thickens. 4 Stir in the butter and essence with a wooden spoon. Run a finger along the back of the coated wooden spoon, the mixture should remain separated. 5 Vanilla fruit Boil the water with the sugar, vanilla pod and seeds. 6 Put the fruit in a bowl and pour the hot syrup over. Allow to cool. 7 To serve Dish the pudding into bowls, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over and stir lightly. Spoon a little of the fruit on top and add a sprinkling of almonds, if using.
This version with reduced sugar is perfect for me