This dessert is an exercise in patience. Each piece of tangerine is lovingly peeled, seeded and freed of its fibrous coat before it can go for a swim in this creamy honey flavored pudding. If you are in the mood for something different, not chocolaty, this velvety cream fits the bill. It makes great use of seasonal tangerines.
I made it on a rainy weekend, singing along to my favorite french CD. Somehow, I didn't mind the prep-work so much; it was almost relaxing. I am not sure I would want to tackle it on a busy weekday, but it's a really nice treat for a lazy day when you a craving something creamy and different.
|Tangerine Honey Pudding|
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pinch sea salt (1/8 teaspoon)
4 cups of lowfat milk or soymilk
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon tangerine zest
2 cups chopped tangerines, seeded, skinned, membranes removed
Combine cornstarch, salt in medium heavy bottom pot. You will need to mix constantly. Turn on the heat to medium and slowly, mixing energetically, pour in the milk. When the liquid mixture is warm, add the honey and zest. The mixture will thicken and boil. Don't forget to keep mixing while it boils for about three more minutes or so: you are looking for an almost pudding like consistency because it will thicken some more as it cools. Turn off the heat and let cool, mixing every five minutes. Add the tangerine pieces and transfer to a glass bowl or storage jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.